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American Farm Bureau Convention 2015 in San Diego – EVENT Photography

I traveled to warm and unusually damp San Diego for the 2015 Farm Bureau Convention in January and here are some of my favorite images from the trip.  Where there’s farmers, there’s always boots and cowboy hats.

Even though the farmers are at the convention, farming at home doesn’t stop.  The use of technology has changed the way farmers communicate and keep track of important data about their farm.

One of the speakers was Rorke Denver who was a commander of Navy Seals.  Farmers are the most patriotic folks I come across and they send a high percentage of their kids into the armed services.  San Diego being the home of the Navy Seals made this speaker a home run.

There’s always a few surprises…which is the snake charmer and which is the comedian?

More later…ML

AFBF2015:Photography by Michael LoBiondo

AFBF2015:Photography by Michael LoBiondo

My favorite Super Bowl Commercial was…

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Future Farmer, seeder, planter,driver,farrier,milker,rider, etc…

I have a special place in my heart for farmers so my 2 cents for best commercial last night was the Ram Truck “so, God made a farmer”.  Here’s a link in you want to see it again: http://youtu.be/AMpZ0TGjbWE.  I get to spend some time with farmers every year but it’s not enough.  I grew up next to a farm, have cousins and uncles who are farmers, worked at a place that hauled farm goods and produce.  I can’t begin to know what it takes to be a farmer but I know that there’s never enough appreciation for what they do.

So when you look at that apple or head of broccoli or box of cereal, think of the hands and hearts it took to get it to your grocery store.  Eat well!!

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ML

Working in Hawaii…

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Working in Hawaii at the American Farm Bureau Convention

Yes, I did go to Hawaii and, yes, it was beautiful.  We were shooting a group of 50 or so folks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and when climbing up the ladder, I turned around to see this image.  This is the only photo of me (really) from the trip but it proves the point that sometimes the most interesting images are behind you.  It also reminds me of something we don’t have here in my neighborhood.  Palm Trees.  There are some here in Charlotte, but I have never seen them.

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Mokolii-Chinaman’s Hat

I had the opportunity to travel with Mike Danna and his video crew from Louisiana, to Kualoa Regional Beach Park off the North Shore of Oahu to view the island of Mokolii, also known as the Chinaman’s Hat.  At low tide, you walk right over to this smallest of Hawaiian islands (1477 ft) or just take a canoe or kayak.  A storm was brewing so we only had a short amount of time to get the video needed and for me to take a few shots. When I turned around to leave, here’s what we saw…

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

View into Kahana Valley State Park on Oahu, Hawaii

Back home in Charlotte, ready to tackle 2012.  Couldn’t have started any better.

More later…

ML