By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 7/10/2020
Topics/Keywords: #Photography #Photos Page Views: 2242
A collection of my favorite photos taken at planned photo opportunities.

I took my first photo in 1958, when I was 7 years old. (I saw Mom's camera, grabbed it, and quick took a shot out the door of the house before returning it. No, I didn't ask.) I've used cameras that used 120, 620, 127, and 35mm film (both black-and-white and color, prints as well as slides); digital cameras of increasing megapixels since their introduction. I've learned to use various types of scanning equipment as well as editing software from Microsoft Photodraw 2 (2000s) to Adobe Photoshop and finally, mostly, settling on Zoner Photo Pro.

I've learned to create artwork from my photos, and sometimes the artsy version is more satisfying; sometimes, not. However, in this section I present photos taken that don't fit into any other category. (In particular, photos of family may be found in the About Me and About My Family sections; travel photos are located, of course, in my Travel section.) Please enjoy the albums listed below.

Tropical Depression 11

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 9/1/1968
Posted: 1/12/2016
Topics: #Photography #Weather Page Views: 1606
All the photos I took at St. Augustine Beach of the aftermath of 1968's Tropical Storm 11.

Every place gets its own type of drawbacks. Arizona has heat; Minnesota has cold; California has earthquakes. And Florida has hurricanes and tropical storms but also tropical depressions that are sometimes even worse. Still, the aftermath can be a photographic treasure.

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Coast Guard Tender at Dawn

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 4/19/1969
Posted: 2/14/2012
Topics: #CoastGuard #Florida #St.Augustine Page Views: 1748
All about the time I boarded a Coast Guard tender and had to find its bathroom.

Shortly after I turned 18, I talked my way onto a Coast Guard tender "to take pictures", a thrill that was made more intense when I drank my first cup of coffee…and learned what it did to my digestive system.

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Mary Joan on the Beach

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Florida #MaryJoanCilwaEngel #St.AugustineBeach Page Views: 1979
Pictures of the hurricane aftermath.

My notes on these photos of Mary Joan Cilwa Engel, made a few years after they were taken, says this was the "aftermath of a hurricane". It also suggests they were taken in May of 1971. However, I can't find a suitable hurricane that would have caused this damage, other than 1964's Hurricane Dora. Dora definitely did cause the end of the pier to break off. Did a nor'easter or tropical storm in late 1970 expose the remnants? If I can find out, I will updte this page.

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