Author Archives: Bill Serne

The Magic of 2017

2017. We’re coming to the end and I get to indulge in one of my favorite parts of the year. A look back.  This year seemed to be a more celestial visual year than most.  There was the total eclipse – wow – and the “big moon” events.
I could
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A Look Back

Kent State Portfolio Work from Bill Serne

Recently I have been going back through some of my older photo images, taken earlier in my career. In doing so, I came across this one.

I have fond memories of this particular image. I shot it as part of the portfolio I needed to submit to my professors, prior …

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Shooting a total eclipse in Clemson SC became ‘A Great Night in the Afternoon’

8.21.2017. Clemson, SC. The moon in front of the sun during the eclipse. At Clemson University, a solar eclipse viewed near the science building and the library.

This article originally ran in the Tampa Bay Times here.

I have been very fortunate to have a photojournalism career that has …

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Graduation Day

Every year I photograph several different graduations. No matter how many I shoot, I never know what to expect so I keep my eye out for unique situations.

This year, the graduation ceremony for Seminole Heights Charter School provided that moment at the Tampa Convention Center.

Brianna is the

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A Day with Don Zimmer


There are many moments throughout my career that stand out and while we’re winding down baseball season, it made me think of one particular highlight.

In 2004 I was privileged to spend two days with Donald  Zimmer while doing a story with Dave Scheiber for the then St. Petersburg Times.

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A Passion for Nature

Sunset and Sailboat

I celebrated my birthday a couple weeks ago, and as birthdays are prone to do, it got me to thinking back on my life and career. I see now that photography is and always has been a way of life for me. It has been my career for many years, …

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Musings on luck’s role in getting a good shot

I have always thought that good photographers are lucky. Sometimes.

But in my later in life photo experiences, good photographers make their own good luck happen for them.

How is this?

Planning and scouting photo shoots beforehand. This would include knowing what the light will be, where the main subjects …

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Safety Harbor Wedding Captures Couple’s Love and Joy

blog7.weddingOne of my favorite things about photography is documenting human emotion — capturing it in action.  There are few places that are better to do so than at a wedding. I recently did the wedding photography and video for a beautiful couple, Jeff and Paulette. This was a second wedding …

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Dade City Wild Things attraction delivers old Florida, value, paws and more

DADE CITY — Wild animals are right at the top of what I like to photograph. But, this attraction was different.

While on assignment for VisitFlorida at Dade City Wild Things, I got a taste of old Florida.

This attraction cannot compete with the size and amenities of Disney …

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Welcome to my new blog — Visual Thoughts

I will be posting custom content soon about photography and my adventures with making pictures.

When journalists get together, we often talk about what didn’t get published. This is called the “back story.” Now, through this blog, I’ll share these types of colorful details with you too.

Since …

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