Week 13 … #12 Wild Card, Quiet Oasis

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Historic Spanish Point, Pioneer Boat Yard

A friend recently told me about Spanish Point in Osprey, and with the Holiday weather being awesome, we ventured down to explore it this past week.  Through the years, the pioneer dwellings and prehistoric Indian remains have been preserved, along with the formal lawns and plantings and an actual Aqueduct.  I enjoyed walking among the mangroves overlooking Little Sarasota Bay and taking in the serenity of this quiet oasis.

The original image was mediocre.  So I went to work on ‘spiffing’ up the image, since I thought it represented the quiet solitude of Spanish Point.  It was first edited in Lightroom using a Photomorphis texture and then over to Topaz Studio for some more edits.  Hope you enjoy.

Week 12 … #13 Starburst, Diving into the Holidays

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Brown Pelican diving at Anna Maria Island.

One of my favorite places to capture my favorite bird, the Pelican, is on Anna Maria Island.  Oftentimes there are many parents and juveniles, hunting and diving for food off one of the piers, as they were in the above image.  The juveniles are similar to the adults, but have a brown neck and head with a grayish bill.  I love watching their take offs and awkward landings.  Sadly, I noticed one juvenile had some fishing line flowing off his foot when in the air.  Not good.

I thought for the ‘Starburst’ challenge, I would cheat!  To shoot successful sun flares and starbursts, one needs to use a narrow aperture such as f/22 and for best effects, something physically blocking part of the sun, like the horizon or buildings or trees.  I have practiced a bit in the past but with the holidays upon me, I’ve had little time to get out and capture a starburst.  So …. as I said, I cheated.  I used a great iPhone app called LensLight which has a wide selection of interactive lights such as bokeh, lens flares, light leaks and sunbursts.  I don’t use it often, but on the few occasions, it can really pop an image.  I hope you think so too.

Happy Holidays, friends.

Week 11 … #8 Wildcard, Taking Flight

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Sunset at Anna Maria Island.

One of our favorite places for sunsets is on the north end of Anna Maria Island.  The sunsets are spectacular and the sugar white sands are an important habitat for an incredible array of wildlife.  On many many occasions, we have shared evening sunsets with herons, sandpipers, ospreys, cranes, seagulls, skimmers, egrets and my favorite, pelicans.  During various times of the day and year, you’ll see different species of shorebirds, sometimes hundreds, congregating at dusk for an evening feed.

What I always find fascinating, that at some point, as darkness nears, the congregation rise collectively and fly off to their evening roost, wherever that may be.  I love that moment of unison against the setting sun.

(This was shot with an iPhone and edited in Snapseed.  The sunburst was added with the LensLight app.)

 

Week 10 … Theme #39, Negative Space

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Rowing in fog.

This week’s theme is one of my favorites … the use of negative space in an image.  I find myself drawn to images that use the effect of negative space to create ‘quiet’ images.  I find that it can often make the main subject feel more isolated.

The above iPhone X image was rather nondescript on a foggy, gray day but the juxtaposition of the rowboat and sailboat made for an interesting composition of man-made power (rowing) vs. mother nature power (sailing).  Hope you think so too.

Week 9 … Theme #27, Movement

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Yellow-Throated Warbler.

I discovered this little guy outside my second story landing trying to find a way through the window.  I stood and watched him for some time as he would dart about the branches close to the window and then fly into the window, attempting to peck his way in.  Over and over, he repeated this behavior, returning to various perches to examine the window as if it were a puzzle that he was working out.

I grabbed my camera and captured a number of images through the window.  I must have taken 30 or so photos and as usual, ended up with only a few decent ones.  I loved the ‘movement’ of the above image and the lines in the birds feathers mimicking the palm in the background.  I cleaned up the image and used a Photomorphis texture to give it more punch.  As for the Warbler, he hung around for over an hour attempting to break in!

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Week 8 … Theme #4, Wildcard

Anna Maria, Florida

Our favorite holiday to celebrate with family is Thanksgiving and this year we decided to spend the week at our beach house on Anna Maria. Each evening presented us with a variety of sunsets, never failing to bring out the ‘awws’ in us as we watched our grandson dodge the gentle waves.

I thought the above iPhone image was perfect for this week’s theme as we journey out for another afternoon sunset.  Each sunset is always a Wildcard” as the day turns to dusk.

Week 7 … Theme # 19, Geometric Shapes

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Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

Yesterday, I joined some friends to view the Clyde Butcher exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.  I most recently became aware of Butcher’s black and white nature scenes of Florida and instantly loved his work.  Some call him the ‘Florida Ansel Adams’ and I agree.   Butcher was approached by the folks at the Salvador Dali Museum to capture the rugged coastline of Dali’s homeland.  Butcher spent 10 days in Spain in Dali’s childhood village of Cadaques, the Cap de Creus, Port Lligat and other parts of the Catalonian region.  The results are striking with many 8-foot panoramas.

I couldn’t wait to get outside to capture the building’s beautiful design.  It all ended up being a perfect theme for the ‘Geometric Shapes‘ assignment!  I loved the reflections on the outside glass of trees and clouds and if you look closely, you can see the gift shop that lies behind.

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