So by now, you’ve probably found your way to my corner of the internet. Maybe you’ve searched HDR or high dynamic range. Perhaps it was sunrise or sunset or maybe even beach. Either way, your here and I welcome you. Since starting out in photography, I mean really more than just taking pictures of my kids, I’ve been only posting my photographs on social media sites such as Facebook, 500px or Twitter.
It started out with personal friends and family. Then it grew to someone who knows a guy, who knows a guy and before long I was getting comments from all over about the dramatic sunrises and sunsets in the Jupiter, Florida area. Last month, I created a webpage with the help of some really cool people over at SmugMug and posted a few of my pictures which actually started selling! So in talking to SmugMug Co-Founder Michael Bonocore, he suggested I look into having my page customized and add a blog. Thus, www.stevehuskisson.com was born!
I’ve been fortunate, that in this short time to see some of my high dynamic range sunrise and sunset photos featured on various pages. Shared by local media, The Weather Channel and conservationist and artist Guy Harvey. Even a kid in my oldest son’s high school showed him a picture on his cell phone of the Juno Beach Pier. He had no idea who took the picture or that was my son. But I’ve heard the question more than once. “Who is Steve Huskisson.”
So this is me, Steve. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I lived most of my life in the smaller suburb of Plantation. I was like any kid living in Florida. I spent many says at the beach, riding bikes, fishing, etc.
I went on and joined the volunteer Fire Department and went through EMT and Paramedic school. I worked a bit on a ambulance before deciding that law enforcement was what I wanted to do. After all, my dad was a cop for over 30 years.
I met my wife shortly after high school and we continued to live in Plantation in the house I grew up in. In a strange twist, my parents moved out and headed a couple hours north to Sebring. My wife and I had our first son while living in my house, so I got to watch him do many of the things I used to do there.
In 1998, we had a new neighbor move next door. Nice guy, met him Christmas Eve shortly after he moved in. He walked over as we stood out front with our son, waiting for Santa Claus to come down the street. As he did every year, in a pick up truck with a police car escorting him. Handing out candy canes to all the kids waiting so patiently. So he walked over and said “hi, I’m Kevin.” After a few minutes of socializing, he walked back into his house and a friend of ours said “you didn’t know who that was?” Oh well, I wasn’t a big TV watcher outside of cartoons, Barney, etc. with our son.
So it turns out, Kevin was Kevin James. He was in his first or second season of King of Queens.
In 2001, when my son was almost 5, my dad passed away and my mom needed to come live with us because she had Parkinson’s Disease. We built a larger house in Weston, Florida and in 2003 my wife quit her career to care for my mom full time. In 2004, we had our second boy. We lived in a great suburban neighborhood with some of the most amazing neighbors and friends. Everyone gathered in one driveway with chairs, drinks, etc. and all the kids played while the parents chatted. Right out of a movie, at Halloween the streets were flooded with kids and parents alike all dressed up and going door to door.
This was our pool in Weston, Florida. I designed it and had it built. We had the most spectacular sunsets, because nobody lived behind us. It was just the Florida Everglades. This is also one of my very first HDR photos that I took in early 2011.
My mom’s condition worsened over the years and her care required my wife to provide full time love and care for her, which eventually led to a nurse having to come in. My mom passed away in 2011 and we knew right away, we needed a smaller house, but wanted land.
We drove a little over a hour north and landed in Jupiter, Florida. We instantly fell in love with the area. “Boots meet sandals” we were told. Between the farms just 10 miles west of the beaches, it was perfect. Rural and urban life so close together, but so far away! We quickly settled in during the summer of 2011 and the boys started school. About that time, I started picking up on photography again and enjoyed shooting the sunrises at Coral Cove Beach, Jupiter Inlet and Juno Beach.
I incorporated HDR or high dynamic range into my photographs by taking multiple exposures of a scene. For those interested in shooting HDR, make sure you have a tripod as the camera has to be perfectly still for each exposure. Most of the time, I take 3 exposures at -2, 0, +2 by setting my camera to auto bracket the shots. Thus, one image is underexposed (dark), another is overexposed (bright) and the third is a normal exposure. Using HDR software such as Photomatix I combine my images to make one image. That is about 5% of the workflow. From there it’s into Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for the finishing touches. I’ll write more about my workflow in a future blog, so stay tuned!
So that is pretty much me in a blog. My wife is one of my best critics and my kids give a “that looks cool dad.” I’m still in law enforcement after 23 years and looking forward to retiring someday and pursuing photography full time into some type of career hopefully.
Until then, keep cruising!