Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunset Colors (taken 11/11/2015)

Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm lens at 28mm, f/14, 1.6sec., ISO 100

After all these years in Florida, and thousands of sunsets, the colors can still amaze me.

This young man had just finished cleaning about six good-sized fish at Rykman Park in Melbourne Beach, Fla.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Two Fisher"men"

Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm lens at 300mm, f/8 ,  1/2500sec., ISO 100

Sunlight glinting on water.

One of my favorite sights on earth. I guess I'm attracted to shiny things, like most men.

The sun was intensely bright and hot on this November morning.

The bird up there on the post with his wings spread is a cormorant. They dive and swim underwater to catch fish. Their feathers don't have nearly as much oil in them as, say, a duck, so they perch somewhere and spread their wings to let the sun and wind dry them out.

Cormorants are the birds generations of Japanese fishermen would use for fishing by training them to dive for fish and come back up the "their" boat and they had a string tied around their neck so the bird couldn't swallow the fish. The fishermen would get the fish out of the bird's throat and send them for more fish.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Great Egret and Snowy Egrets

Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm lens at 230mm, f/5.6 ,  1/1000sec., ISO 100
Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm lens at 230mm, f/5.6 ,  1/1000sec., ISO 100
Here in Palm Bay, there is a nice park that I keep returning to.  Over and over. Castaways Point Park on the Indian River Lagoon.

Today (Thursday 8/20/2015) while I was there, I saw a lot of birds.  There must be really good fishing there, because there's always numerous birds AND people fishing at this park.

The top photo is a "great egret," and the bottom photo is of two "snowy egrets."

These are the first photos that I've posted with my new Nikon D750 body.  Holy cow this camera is awesome.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fake High Dynamic Range photo

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/8, 1/30sec, ISO 200
This isn't a true HDR image, it was a single photo that I processed to look like a dramatic high dynamic range image.
True HDR is a blending of several photos taken at different exposures that create a picture with tones from light to dark that would never be possible otherwise.
The dramatic clouds in this shot seemed to call for that dramatic, painterly look.
That's a wood stork there in front-center who was kind enough to pause in his fishing efforts for 1/30 of a second to allow me to include him in the shot.
This was taken along the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne, Florida's Ballard Park.
This park is an amazing place to get photos of exotic birds in winter while they're visiting and enjoying our mild January/February weather.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Father and Son

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 135mm, f/11, 1/2500sec, ISO 200
I'm a big guy, and when I point my big camera and lens at people, I don't normally get a good reaction.
My best people photos tend to be from a distance, while they are engaged in a favorite activity.
Like fishing.
And every once in a while, the back-lit scene includes something as awesome as a river, in this case the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne, Florida, with back lighting from the golden evening sun creating nice silhouettes.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Yes, Another Sunset, Sun. 6/21/15

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/16, 1/200sec, ISO 200

OK, so I live in Florida.
I have a camera I love to use.
Sunsets happen most days, so, why not?
This was last night from Riverside Park in Indialantic, Florida.
This is almost straight from camera.  It was RAW, so I did a slight curve on it and made a jpeg.  My camera is set to Neutral colors, and this is still what resulted.  Scout's honor.
I saw on facebook that a girl I went to high school with and hadn't seen in 35 years was on vacation in Melbourne Beach with her husband and two friends.
Google maps told me this was a mere 10.3 miles from my home.
So I messaged her, told her where to watch a great sunset, then met her and her husband there.
As we talked I fired off a few shots as the sun came below this cloud, headed for the horizon.
It was a great, if too short, visit, and nice to meet her husband.
Great company, great scenery. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Best Ever Sunset Photo, So Far

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/16, 1/15sec, ISO 200, 11 vert. photos

On June 6th, I was in a quandary.

My back and gimpy left leg had me in misery.  I had tried my physical therapy stretches and exercises, medicine, heating pad, theragesic rub, all to little effect.

So instead of curling up on the bed and surrendering to misery, I got my camera and tripod and went to watch the sunset.

Turned out to be a magnificent one, and this panorama made all the effort worthwhile.