John Ringling Causeway Bridge, Sarasota Bay
I love capturing sunsets and most times after the sun goes down, I pack up and put the camera away. But actually … the twilight ‘blue hour’ can be just as beautiful, if not a bit more challenging to capture than a sunset. Both hold equal beauty!
Schooner in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Camden, ME
We spend our summers in Rockport, Maine, and there is never a lack of boats to admire in waters that provide some of the best cruising in the world. Penobscot Bay, where this schooner was captured, offers perfect cruising grounds, with over 200 islands large and small, intriguing harbors, quaint fishing villages and stunning coastal towns and summer resorts. We never tire exploring Maine’s extraordinary coastal beauty.
St. Pete Beach Sunset
I can’t think of any holiday lights that are better than a Florida sunset. It was a perfect evening on St. Pete Beach the other night as the sun began its descent into the sea. As you can see in the image, there were very few folks standing on the horizon but within a few minutes, it was peppered with couples and kids and friends who came out to bid another day farewell. Nothing like a sunset to renourish our spirit and stand in awe of our amazing planet. The best of holiday lights!
iPhone 11 Pro Max
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.
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.
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 …..
Lighthouse and buildings, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine.
One of my favorite Maine artists is Andrew Wyeth who painted the land and people around him in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and his summer home in Cushing, Maine. I’ve always found his art of everyday subject matter filled with a haunting sense of urgency and foreboding dread, yet contemplative and silent. A few days ago, we went to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse for dinner with the hopes of some good sunset photos. The contrast light on the lighthouse reminded me of Wyeth’s work … a silent and lonely abstract of the stark landscapes of Maine.
Venice Fishing Pier, Florida
After living here in Florida for two years, I had not yet visited the Venice Fishing Pier down in Venice. So last week hubby and I planned a late afternoon trip to the Venice Rookery and then on to have dinner at the Venice Fishing Pier while waiting for sunset. Since it was mid-week, I thought there wouldn’t be much of a crowd. Well, I was wrong! What a zoo! We were able to grab a last table at Finn’s upstairs as nothing was available at Sharky’s on the lower level, who had a very long wait list. It was 6:00 mid-week! We took time at dinner and afterwards went down to the pier to scope out best angles for photos. It was only after the sun went down, that folks began to leave, clearing the beach. And in my opinion, the best time for photos.
I am such a rookie taking sunset photos with my big camera. Once I uploaded the photos at home, I was not pleased with any of them. The one above was salvaged with much editing (see notes below). I see that our Club has an upcoming field trip to the pier so I’m thinking of joining them and getting some tips on how to take sunset photos. I just hope it’s not as crowded!!
Photo: Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200, ISO 800, 1/13 sec at f/13, 70mm, Exp. Comp. -1.75 EV, Lightroom + Luminar edits