Week 5 – Joy

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Anna Maria, Florida Sunset

The Holidays are upon us and with all the hurry and flurry of the season, I find it an important time to pause and take in moments of joy.  For me, that would be sunsets on the quiet beaches of Anna Maria.  It’s the best gift I can give myself!

Joy exists in the ordinary.

Captured with an iPhone 11 Pro Max with minor edits in Luminar 4.

Welcome Back!

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Sarasota Pier, Florida.

We’re back!!  We spent a week traveling back to Florida from Maine with our two doggies in tow, Harry and Lucy.  We didn’t stay quite long enough in Maine to catch the beautiful fall colors I see others postling, but nonetheless, I’m happy to be here, even if the weather is still a bit too warm.  My first week back, I participated in Jennifer Khordi’s workshop, hosted by our photo club.  Our work was focused on sunrise/sunsets, the twilight hour and capturing the Milky Way, although the weather did not cooperate for any Milky Way shots.  I had fun, met some new folks and learned some more photo skills.

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Beer Can Island, Longboat Key, Florida.

We spent some evening time in Sarasota photographing the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and its constant changing color schemes.  I haven’t done much evening shooting so it was fun to experiment as the sun set and the sky darkened.  I look forward to coming back to these locations in the future.  The Sarasota lights would make a good subject to practice on!

Until next time friends …..

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