The Black Pearl is in Atlanta!!!!

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Captain Jack Sparrow is harder to find these days than he was a few years ago, but he still cuts a swashbuckling figure!  He is, of course, a fearsome pirate…a terror of the worst sort as he captain’s the Black Pearl on her pirately ways!

It was quite a surprise to me that I recently ran into Captain Jack here in Atlanta.  And where do you think I encountered this mega-pirate?  In the Cobb Galleria Convention Center of all places!  You see, Captain Jack was there as a guest of Photoshop World.  One of the vendors was touting their lighting system, and they had a couple of live models that you could shoot in their set-up.  I had heard such might be the case, so I took my camera and fired it up!

Captain Jack proved as tough and persistent as I thought a good pirate would be, but in the end, I think I prevailed!  I captured the dastardly pirate inside my Canon 7D!!!  And this is part of the proof!

I must say that I REALLY enjoy shooting in a studio or studio-like setting.  Makes a huge difference to have good lighting!  I typically prefer natural light, but the new LED lights that are being used in photography are s.w.e.e.t!!!!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers. A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a 4th inning pitch off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Al Downing. However, as Aaron was an African American who had received death threats and racist hate mail during his pursuit of one of baseball’s most distinguished records, the achievement was bittersweet.

Henry Louis Aaron Jr., born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1934, made his Major League debut in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves, just eight years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. Aaron, known as hard working and quiet, was the last Negro League player to also compete in the Major Leagues. In 1957, with characteristically little fanfare, Aaron, who primarily played right field, was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player as the Milwaukee Braves won the pennant. A few weeks later, his three home runs in the World Series helped his team triumph over the heavily favored New York Yankees. Although “Hammerin’ Hank” specialized in home runs, he was also an extremely dependable batter, and by the end of his career he held baseball’s career record for most runs batted in: 2,297.

Aaron’s playing career spanned three teams and 23 years. He was with the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965, the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1974 and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975 to 1976. He hung up his cleats in 1976 with 755 career home runs and went on to become one of baseball’s first African-American executives, with the Atlanta Braves, and a leading spokesperson for minority hiring. Hank Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Hammerin’ Hank remains one of the great role models and examples in American sports.  He has always been a class act.  He is now 80 years old and was present tonight at Turner Field for Atlanta’s 2014 home opener where he was honored for his achievement on this day 40 years ago!  Hat’s off to you, Hank!

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together.

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