Week 7 – Holiday Lights

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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

 

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 40 … #43 Contrast … Evening Light on the Lighthouse

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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.

Week 29 … #35 Color Harmony … Pier at Sunset

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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

Week 24 … #24 Wild Card … Taking Flight

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Vultures in Serengeti Sunrise, Tanzania.

When on safari, one doesn’t consider African vultures worthy of photographing when there are more beautiful creatures to capture.  But one early morning at our mobile campsite on the Serengeti, there were a number sitting up in the trees, resting before the day began.  They were a beautiful sight against the sunrise.  I learned to appreciate these barbaric looking birds for their importance on the plains of Africa.  Their ability to fly over 60 miles a day patrolling the plains plays a vital role in keeping the wild areas free of disease and rotting carcasses.  They are incredibly efficient scavengers, leaving just bones, providing yet another meal for their competitors – the jackals, hyenas and feral dogs who will remove any remaining evidence of death.

 

Week 20 … #45 Full Edit … Twilight Stroll

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Trio of Sandhill Cranes.

They say ‘the best camera is the one you have with you’.  This was the case with this photo one evening as I was walking my dogs.  There never fails to be something I’d like to photograph during my dog walks in Lakewood Ranch.  Birds, gators, sunsets … it’s all here every day.  I love the Sandhill Cranes and these three were strolling on the golf hillside as we walked past.  Thank goodness for the iPhone!  I snapped the photo and later edited in the app DistressedFX and Lightroom.

I thought it came out pretty good and thought I’d try my luck at entering it into the annual Maine Photography Show, since we are summer residents of Maine.  I was stoked that it got selected to be included in their exhibit.  I actually thought that another image that I entered was better, but it just goes to show ….  photography is art and art is subjective!  And beauty (or in this case, photos) is in the eye of the beholder.