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construction triptych 

January 8, 2017

I’ve been wanting to stop and photograph some of the on-going construction of Universal’s Volcano Bay before construction is finished and everything is buttoned down. I decided to run these series of photos with the Olympus E-M10 and the 14-140 Mark II. I moved the color JPEGs from the E-M10 to my iPad Pro 9.7″ and post processed them with Snapseed. I them moved them up to my blog with the WordPress app. Unfortunately I once again had to go into the browser-based WordPress editor to finish this entry. I’m pretty much done trying to edit with WordPress on either iPhone or iPad. Now it’s time to move on to some other tool.

This is the water park meant to open next year and to replace the old Wet ‘n Wild water park directly across Univeral at I-4. I have no idea how much more work needs to be done or if it’ll open 1 June 2017 as promised. The last time Universal tried to open a park on 1 June, it was Universal itself in 1990, and it didn’t go well. I was one of thousands of contractors trying to get it open and operational. I was a contractor with a company named Kinetix (long since gone) and I worked on Jaws, Quake, and E.T. Starting November 1989 I started working 12 hour days, six days/week, until March of 1990, and then we went to seven day weeks. On the afternoon of 31 May I walked into the park and worked a solid 34 hours until I left the morning of 2 June. It took almost a month for me to get back down to a normal work schedule. I’ve not worked a schedule that long and that intense since.

I’m curious to see what will transpire over the summer.

Rush Hour

Taken at the Palm Parkway bridge construction site June 2012. I came across it in my Flickr collection while pulling photos to illustrate an earlier post about the finishing of that bridge. To some people it looks like a collection of beat-up earth moving equipment. When I first saw them lined up on the hill I immediately thought of Theodore Sturgeon’s Killdozer, a science fiction novella I’d read as a kid in elementary school. Now when I look at them I think of machines of the apocalypse, descending on us all.

I like this photo for another reason: it was taken with the Olympus E-P2 and the then-new Olympus 45mm f/1.8. The combination of light, subject, lens and modest 12MP sensor produced this image. I’ve since purchase more hardware, including the E-M5, but in good light nothing matches the combination of the Olympus E-P2 and 45mm lens.