Art & Life with Lee Smith

Lee Smith, Lee Smith Photography, Landscape Photography, Broward Photographer,

VoyageMIA did an article about me in their interview section today: http://voyagemia.com/interview/art-life-lee-smith/

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Smith.

Lee, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I enjoyed the outdoors starting at a young age. My photography career began when I was about ten years old with a little Kodak Instamatic camera. I would take that thing with me everywhere I went but could only take a few photos because the cost to buy and develop film, but I had fun, and my parents and sister enjoyed my photos.

I became a bit more serious with my photography after I graduated High School. In 1974, I would carry a camera when my friends were carrying surfboards to the beach. I would photograph the beach life from the shoreline as they surfed. Made loads for friends and had a great deal of fun. A few years ago, I posted some of those photos on Facebook, and my old friends went crazy looking at the old memories when times were so much simpler.

There was a break in my photography efforts due to work and education. It wasn’t until my marriage that I started shooting again. We would go out to different events, hang with friends and eventually honeymoon in Costa Rica. I would shoot when I wasn’t working. We eventually started our family having two children, and my photography was focused on my wife & kids. I spent a great deal of time capturing my kids growing up from behind the lens and have so many wonderful shots. It wasn’t until 2005 that I started shooting digitally with an inexpensive Canon A620 flip screen that changed my views on photography.

Today, I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark 4 with a select group of quality lens. After my kids moved out, I focus on landscape photography, capturing the Florida sunrises, wildlife, and trips with my wife out west.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
What I create. I really enjoy a beautiful sunrise. I try to visit different places to capture how the morning light evolves into a day with the changing colors of the morning.

I also enjoy capturing the night skies, cityscapes, and the moon on occasion.
How do I create my work?
I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 and a Sony A6500 to capture images and timelapses. I use Adobe Photoshop to process the images to get them looking like what I saw.

Why?
I enjoy making capturing images and producing something that makes people smile and to bring a little happiness back into this world.

What’s the message or inspiration?
My message is to enjoy this beautiful world we live in. To treat it with respect, because mankind is destroying this planet at a rapid pace. The images I capture of places may one day become only a memory of what once stood in that spot.

What do you hope people take away from it?
I hope my photos inspire us to recognize that we all have a responsibility to protect the places we live in. We are all shepherds of this earth. We need to do our best to clean up after ourselves and not pollute the environment. Mankind has done terrible things to this world. It is up to us and future generations to protect this planet.

What should we know about your artwork?
I love what I do, and I spend an enormous amount of time capturing my images. I hope my images inspire people to slow down, take a deep breath and to enjoy the moment.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Yes, it can be lonely being a landscape photographer, but I think that can be part of the allure of being a photographer.

I have found that it’s easy to meet up with other photographers by simply introducing yourself and find out where others may be on a weekend shoot on social media like Facebook & Instagram, Or just go to the places people post images and you will find people there on the weekends photographing something – Landscapes, wildlife, sports, and events.

Now landscape photography is much different than photographing a wedding, an event, portraits, sporting events, real estate or any other photographic avenues. The best thing about photography is that you can pick and choose what you wish to do and what you like to photograph. Photography is a passion. It can display your character or even your soul. The main thing is to have fun and enjoy the time you are out with your camera.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have several Social Media accounts that people can follow me on:
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LeeSmithPhotos/

Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/smittysholdings/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/leesmithphotos2017/

Currently, I only have my artwork for sale on my website https://www.leesmithphotos.com/.
I am looking into several galleries to start showing my work.

Contact Info:

A sunny day on the beach of Key Biscayne, with the old Cape Florida Lighthouse standing proudly against the Clouds.
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The Umbrella Sky Project art installation is at Giralda Plaza in Coral Gables and will be in place for the next two months - photos by Lee Smith.
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When the balloons align and these seem just right - Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico
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The sunset off Bahia Honda Bridge in the Florida Keys
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The Florida Everglades on a foggy morning at Sunrise - Everglades National Park, photo by Lee Smith
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A view of the Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse from the beach
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A moring where the clouds help create the beams of light from the sun. Matheson Hammock in Miami, Florida
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Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Broward County

Updated: 12:48 PM, April 11, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Health officials confirmed Thursday that an outbreak of Hepatitis A is spreading across Broward County.

Heptatitis A is a contagious liver infection that causes inflammation and can last a few weeks, but up to several months. The virus is spread through contaminated food or drinks that have been exposed to the fecal matter of someone who has the virus.

The virus can also be picked up by eating raw shellfish from water that has been polluted by sewage.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice

Doctors recommend thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers.

https://www.local10.com/health/hepatitis-a-outbreak-declared-in-broward-county

Atlantic Hurricane Forecast for 2019

2019 Atlantic hurricane forecast – season with 13 named storms
Published 11:26 a.m. ET April 4, 2019 | Updated 9:02 a.m. ET April 5, 2019

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, is forecast to have five storms reach hurricane status, according to a team of researchers at Colorado State University. Two of the hurricanes are forecast to reach “major hurricane strength” of Category 3 to 5, or winds of 111 mph or greater.

  • 13 tropical storms are forecast to form, of which 5 will be hurricanes.
  • A weak El Nino and cool Atlantic waters are 2 limiting factors this year.
  • Insurance companies, emergency managers and the media use the forecasts.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/04/hurricane-forecast-colorado-state-forecasters-say-5-form-2019/3363430002/

2019 Hurricane Names
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2019-04-08-hurricane-names-2019-atlantic-season

National Hurricane Center
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

What to Do Before the Tropical Storm or Hurricane
https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan

Moon over Miami Beach by Lee Smith

The Full Moon image captured from Margaret Pace Park near downtown Miami, shooting across the Intracoastal Waterway to Miami Beach on a February Full Moon
By Lee Smith
Taken: 02-19-2019
© 2019 Smitty’s Holdings, Inc.

 from Margaret Pace Park near downtown Miami, shooting across the Intracoastal Waterway to Miami Beach on a February Full Moon
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To Order: https://www.leesmithphotos.com/2019/02/moon-over-miami-beach/

#Moonrise #FullMoon #snowmoon #februarymoon #DadeCounty #Miami #Florida #landscapephotography #MargaretPacePark #IntracoastalWaterway #nightphotography #LeeSmithPhotos #DigitalArt #LoveFL #SoFla

10 Things the Department of Defense Needs to Include in Their New Climate Change Report

After a dearth of action on climate change and a record year of extreme events in 2017, the inclusion of climate change policies within the annual legislation Congress considers to outline its defense spending priorities (the National Defense Authorization Act) for fiscal year 2018 was welcome progress.

Read the article: https://www.ecowatch.com/defense-department-climate-change-ucs-2629054045.html

 

 

Appeals court clears way for landowner to drill exploratory oil well in Everglades

This is terrible news!

TALLAHASSEE — Overturning a decision by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an appeals court Tuesday ordered the state to issue a permit to a major Broward County landowner who wants to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades.

A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled the department improperly rejected a recommended order by an administrative law judge, who said in 2017 a permit should be approved for Kanter Real Estate LLC.

Read the complete article:

https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/florida/2019/02/05/appeals-court-clears-way-drilling-exploratory-oil-well-everglades/2777314002/

Kanter Real Estate, LLC v. Department of Environmental Protection, City of Miramar, and Broward County, Florida, 17-5096 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2019)
https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/4587389/kanter-real-estate-llc-v-department-of-environmental-protection-city-of/

New Hunt For Oil In Florida Raises Environmental Concerns

 

Hurricane Michael Is Close to Catastrophic

Hurricane Michael is close to a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 strike on the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend with a life-threatening storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week.

Photo by: The NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Read on… https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-10-10-hurricane-michael-cat4-historic-landfall-gulf-coast-florida

Barn Doors and Barn Door Hardware by EcoSimplista

Barn Doors and Barn Door Hardware by Ecosimplista in Broward, Florida

EcoSimplista offers eco-friendly products like Barn Doors and Barn Door hardware in South Florida

EcoSimplista believes it is possible to live life ‘green’ regardless of one’s income or position in life. It takes a step by step approach to transition to a less selfish, clean, sustainable lifestyle. Each step becomes its own reward. Let us all try to leave this planet, our home, cleaner than we found it for the future of all humanity.

As South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of EcoSimplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will.

EcoSimplista is you center for selecting Barn Doors for your home or office in South Florida.

  • 3 Panel Craftsman Barn Door
    The 3-Panel Craftsman Sliding Barn Door adds a modern craftsman touch to a traditionally rustic barn door design
  • 5 Panel Acrylic Barn Door
    The Contemporary 5-Panel Glass Barn Door is the ultimate addition to any home. All doors are made from alder wood, and frosted or clear acrylic glass, offering your choice of transparency and modern design.
  • Artisan 2 Panel Barn Door
    he Artisan 2-Panel door is a variation of the 2-Panel door. The X in the lower half adds a distinct look and rush of rustic into any home decor.
  • Artisan Brace Barn Door
    The Artisan Brace barn door is divided into two panels. Vertical T&G is strengthening the core and engineered alder rails and stiles strongly holds the door square.
  • Chalkboard Barn Door
    The chalkboard center can capture ideas, act as a calendar, or display fun artwork done by the little ones. The barn door is made from hand-selected Engineered Alder Wood for the highest quality and lowest warping or movement by the wood.
  • Reclaimed Panel Barn Door
    The Reclaimed Panel Barn Door is made from hand-picked nature-aged lumber. Because of the unique quality of nature-aged wood we do not paint or stain the doors in our shop.
  • Z Sliding Barn Door
    The Z Sliding Barn Door is the essence of barn doors. While there is no limit in how the door is used, the simple construction and recognized Z design recalls recognition in the minds of all who see. The door is built with a paneled core of vertical boards

EcoSimplista – Your eco-friendly home improvement company
619 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954 565 5900
http://www.ecosimplista.com

Barn Doorshttp://www.ecosimplista.com/shop/building/barnwood-doors-and-tracks/barn-doors.html
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Barn Door Handleshttp://www.ecosimplista.com/shop/building/barnwood-doors-and-tracks/handles.html

Reclaimed Wood by EcoSimplista

Eco Simplista - South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions

Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S. All the reclaimed wood is hand-milled for reuse in homes, offices, stores, and restaurants. We try to keep a good supply of reclaimed wood on hand and available for pick up, but call first to insure we had not sold out. Each batch of reclaimed wood is unique and varies.

EcoSimplista - Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S. EcoSimplista - Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S.

 

EcoSimplista - Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S. EcoSimplista - Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S.

Reclaimed Brown Wood
Thickness: 3/4″
Width: Various Widths
Length: Various Lengths 3′-7

Reclaimed Brown Wood Fencing
Thickness: 3/4″
Width: Various Widths
Length: Various Lengths 3′-7′

Reclaimed Brown Wood Siding
Thickness: 1″
Width: Various Widths
Length: Various Lengths 3′-7′

Reclaimed Grey Wood
Thickness: 3/4″ or 1/2″
Width: Various Widths
Length: Various Lengths 3′-7′

Reclaimed White Wood
Thickness: 3/4″
Width: Various Widths
Length: Various Lengths 3′-7′

Shou Sugi Ban Reclaimed Wood
Thickness: 3/4″
Width: Various Widths
Length: Various Lengths 3′-7′
Shou Sugi Ban is a type of reclaimed wood that is charred with fire. The fire helps preserve the wood. Reclaimed wood is salvaged from old homes, warehouses and historic mills throughout the Southeastern U.S. All the reclaimed wood is hand-milled for reuse in homes, offices, stores, and restaurants.

Contact us (954) 565-5900 to find out what he have in stock.

As Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions, the mission of Eco Simplista is quite simple. We believe the use of non-toxic, sustainable products and services will update and enhance your home, while bettering our world. For us home design is a combination of functionality, style and endurance, combined with a moral, social and environmental responsibility. At Eco Simplista design is about creating solutions from natural elements. Eco Simplista is here to help you to live, create, and innovate an environmentally responsible lifestyle.

EcoSimplista – Your Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Company
619 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954 565 5900
http://www.ecosimplista.com/shop/building/lumber/reclaimed-wood.html

Do you need temporary, seasonal farm workers?

LaborQuest-USA (800) 816-6041
LaborQuest USA provides H2A guest workers for growers, farmers, harvesters, and garden centers in the agricultural business. Typical H2A job titles for these employers typically include: field workers, farm laborers, field laborers, pickers, packers, and harvesters.

The H2A visa may be issued for a period up to ten months, or sometimes one year. There is no numerical limit to the number of H2A visas issued. A single petition may be used to sponsor a group of H2A visas if:

  • workers will perform the same services;
  • workers will work at the same location; and
  • workers will obtain their visa stamp through the same US Consulate.

For more information visit: https://laborquest.com/h2a-programs/

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