Sunday, August 14, 2016

Falcon 9 Rocket Launch, 1:26AM 8/14/16

Nikon D750, Nikkor 18-35mm lens at 18mm, f/22 ,  352sec., ISO 100
My younger daughter leaves this week for graduate school in Sweden.
We went with her older sister to Cocoa Beach, Florida to watch one more night rocket launch together.
Having grown up here on the Space Coast, space shuttle and rocket launches have been a recurring part of their lives.
She knows it could possibly be years, if she's ever able to see another rocket launch.
They never get old.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sunset Colors, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Florida

I'm embarrassed at how long it has been since I posted on here.

Here's a relatively fresh one, taken on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Sebastian Inlet State Park.

The colors in the sky in this telephoto shot were so crazy, I toned them down some in Lightroom, but they still look unreal. 

The colors really were this outrageous.

Living in Florida is tough...

Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/320sec., ISO 2500

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Thursday November 26, 2015

Nikon D750, Nikkor 28-300mm lens at 190mm, f/32, 1/20sec., ISO 100
It's Thanksgiving Day in America, so Happy Thanksgiving to you, reader.

This holiday was originally intended for us to give thanks to God for how he's blessed us.

Unfortunately, now most people forget the God part and just "feel thankful."

Thank you God for your blessings on all of us.

God, please call us to return to you and serve YOU once more.

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.