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.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Melbourne (Florida) City Hall at Night

Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 13mm, f/16, 15 seconds, ISO 200



Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 10mm, f/16, 30 seconds, ISO 200



Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 24mm, f/11, 8 seconds, ISO 200

Sometime in April, as I came back to the mainland from the barrier island to watch the sunset over the Indian River Lagoon, I thought the Melbourne City Hall looked pretty in the last of the blue light of the day.

I knew I needed to come back with my camera and tripod and on Wednesday night, 6/3/2015, I finally did it.  That first shot up there is pretty much what I had envisioned beforehand, the others are bonus.

I like night photography.  Now I need to follow my instinct that I've been avoiding and start driving around at sunset and night to find other local spots that light up well in the darkness.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nifty Looking Clouds Over the Beach

Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 10mm, f/22, 1/1250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 200, polarizing filter
I see the Indian River Lagoon almost daily, and the water is big enough to scratch that itch where you want the feeling of being on or beside big water.

Sometimes only the ocean will do.  Wednesday the 18th was one of those days for me, so I headed to the Atlantic with my camera.

When there are unique looking clouds, I usually break out my trusty 10-24mm lens, as in the first photo.

(I had my polarizer on my 18-300mm lens in the second photo, hence the ultra-dark blue sky.)

We've been having a warm winter, but a cold front had come in and I wore my trusty Levi's jacket to combat the cold wind.

But I still got my feet wet.  Some things need to be done despite the cold weather.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Crawfishin' Egret

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 200
As a Louisiana boy, I can relate to liking a big mess of crawfish.

I DO like mine cooked though.

Taken at Blue Cypress Conservation Area near Fellsmere, Florida.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Great Blue Heron Posing Session

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 200
I arrived at Ballard Park in Melbourne, Florida one morning after dropping my wife off at work.

This great blue heron was on a post in the Eau Gallie River and he stood here for a solid forty five minutes grooming himself.

I took photos of him and walked away and every time I came back by he was still there.

I ended up getting a lot of really good shots of this guy.

These are two of my favorites of him from that day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Florida Birds of Prey... I Mean Butterflies

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/400sec, ISO 200
I saw these two fellas while out at Blue Cypress Conservation Area near Fellsmere, Florida.