November – Starburst at Night #2

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The Pier, Sarasota.

As a follow-up from our recent nighttime photography workshop, I returned to the Sarasota Pier for a bit more practice.  It’s a beautiful place at dusk with folks fishing or just sitting taking in the last bit of sunset.  It was a great place to capture the setting sun which lined up perfectly at the end of the pier as it receded into the horizon.  But those photos are for another day.

Nikon d850, 24-70 lens, 60mm, ISO 100, 6.0 sec @ f/22, edited in Lightroom, Topaz DeNoise, Luminar

November – Something Orange #1

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White Ibis, Anna Maria Beach, Florida.

Since I had such a good time over the past year participating in our local photo club’s 52-week challenge, I’m looking forward to joining in again with our new challenges.  The best part of participating is that it forces me to try new things as well as getting out and capturing scenes around me.  For this week, I chose the theme of ‘something orange’.  This group of white ibises were strolling along Anna Maria beach.  They are quite common in Florida and not unusual to see them in my backyard along the water’s edge or strolling through yards digging for food.

Thanks for checking in and hope you follow along with me again this year!

Week 52 … #52 Wild Card … Adieu.

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Sunrise, Sand Beach, Acadia National Park.

Walking into the sunrise.

As the 52 Week Photo Theme Challenge comes to an end, so does our time in Maine.  When you read this, we will be on our road journey back to Sarasota for the winter … and warm weather!  Thank you to all who have followed my travels and photos for the past year.  It’s been fun!  Maybe I’ll just continue with my own themes.

 

 

Week 51 … #44 Wild Card … Winter is Coming

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Port Clyde Harbor, Maine.

Fall is in full force in Maine, with temps hoovering in the mid-50’s and 60’s lately which means …. I am ready to head back to Florida for the winter!  October is a beautiful time in Maine, with leaf-bearing trees showing off their melting hues of yellow, orange and red.  Even the rocky coastlines take on fall’s copper colors.  Maybe one of these years I’ll stick around until the end of October … until then, I’ll view with envy my photographer friends’ images of Maine’s spectacular fall showcase.

Week 50 … #48 Wild Card … Last Sail

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Rockport Harbor, Maine.

As the summer season draws to a close, a few sailors have been enjoying some evening sails in our harbor.  Many of the larger sailboats have been coming into the docks, unloading and preparing their boats to be hauled out.  Soon, the harbor will only be speckled with mooring balls, like the Ralston one in the image, and a few lobster boats that remain throughout the winter.

Week 49 … #9 Product … Acadia National Park

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Cadillac Mountain Sunrise, Acadia National Park, Maine. 

One of my highlights this summer was to experience sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.  Overlooking the Gulf of Maine, Frenchman Bay, and Bar Harbor, it is the first sunrise in the United States and an important event for hundreds of people who gather here every day to witness its beauty.  We arrived an hour before sunrise, walked a pathway to the highest point seeking a spot to set up my tripod and gear among eager folks bundled up in the cold air.  In the darkness, you could see other people spreading out over the rocks, others adjusting their tripods.  It was certainly a photographer’s event as we all hunted for our spots.  Despite the crowd, which seemed to be 100+, the mountain embraced its feeling of quiet.

As the moment neared, a golden, molten glow appeared in the moments just before the sun actually made its appearance.

This image is a compilation of 6 iPhone X images, stitched together with the app AutoStitch, and the app Distressed FX+ for the final texture.

 

 

Week 48 … #Shaped Bokeh … Morning in Acadia

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Acadia, Boulder Beach in early morning.

Recently, I spent several days in Acadia with the hopes of capturing some great sunrises and sunsets.  Last year on our visit to Acadia, the weather wasn’t the best so I was pleased when I saw we were going to have great weather.  I did the typical sunrise trek to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise photos along with about a hundred other folks but the real shots were along the east coastal trail in the early morning hours.  The image above is at Boulder Beach with its smoothed basketball-size boulders that make up the rocky shore.  These round, egg shaped rocks made a perfect foreground to capture the rising sun against the distant cliff.  I used this image for this week’s assignment of ‘shaped bokeh’.  Although, the bokeh isn’t really shaped, I hope at a later time to learn how to do ‘shaped bokeh’.  In fact, some may argue that this is lens flare and not bokeh!

Nikon D810, 24mm, ISO 100, 1/30 sec at f/22