Saturday, January 31, 2015

Egret Landing

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 200
I took some photos of this egret as he was coming in for a landing at Blue Cypress Conservation Area near Fellsmere, Florida, and I liked this one the best.

I'm not great at photographing birds in flight, but this one came out pretty decent to me.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gator Jerky

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 240mm, f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 200
Signs for gator jerky are pretty common in Florida.  It's sold on the side of the road like fruit and vegetables from the back of folk's pickup trucks and at small stands.

I haven't had the guts to try eating it though.

Yeah, this photo is a bit soft, but in my defense, I was driving.  There were no cars as far as the eye could see, either in front of me or behind, so I slowed to a stop in the road.  That didn't prevent me from being nervous, as if doing something wrong, and snapping the shot so quickly that it's a bit blurry.  I probably could have sat there a whole minute at least before another car came along, but I don't break rules easily or effectively.

Still, I finally got a photo of a gator jerky sign, a very Florida-y thing to see.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blue Cypress Conservation Area, near Fellsmere, Florida

Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, f/22, 1/8sec, ISO 200
This past Sunday, I went a few miles south of Fellsmere, Florida to the Blue Cypress Conservation Area.
The day was as pretty I've ever witnessed in my 52 years, just gorgeous with a high of 65F (18.3C).
The Blue Cypress is basically swamp.
Lots and lots of birds, but they are hard to photograph because there are airboats back and forth through all the waterways all day long that cause the birds to fly from place to place a lot.
This was a stretch of swamp along a walking path where I could get away from the boat ramps and boats coming and going.
I approximated the Orton effect in this photo.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Favorite Photo of Atlas V Rocket Launch, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm lens at 10mm, f/16, 139 seconds, ISO 200
Crop of above photo
I live about forty miles (65km) south of Kennedy Space Center.  You've heard of that.
Just south of Kennedy Space Center is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where many rocket launches also happen, especially US military sponsored launches (Secure military base).  This puts this photo having been taken from about thirty miles south of the launch, as the crow flies.
This was a US Navy satellite being lifted to orbit on this Atlas V.
I knew the launch was that day, but sat, searching Google Earth for a good local location to get a time exposure shot of the launch.
I settled on, and went to Ballard Park, set up and took a few practice shots and waited.
When I saw a big portion of the sky light up behind those palm trees, I started my exposure.
This is one of my best photos I've taken in a long, long time.

The second photo is a crop of the first.
I just loved the way the light through those clouds looked there above that home and palm trees.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I just kinda liked how these crinkled, knocked crooked signs looked. 

I guess such things as this sign never get looked at again after being placed, to see if they need adjustment or repair.

It reminds me of Ebenezer Scrooge's line in A Christmas Carol, "Time will erase it at no cost to us."
Nikon D90, Nikon 18-300 lens at 120mm, f/11, 1/100sec, ISO 200

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Low Clouds on the Beach

A couple of weeks ago (Jan. 8th), I was having a bit of "cabin fever" and got out with my camera even though it was cloudy and yucky looking at home. 

When I looked toward the Atlantic, the sky seemed to be clearing up, so I took a chance and headed out.

It cleared up some before sunset, but the low clouds over the beach looked kinda dramatic.
Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm at 10mm, f/22, 1/160sec, ISO 800
Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm at 10mm, f/22, 1/160sec, ISO 800

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ron Jon Surf Shop Custom Dodge Magnum (Photos From My Archive)

I was looking through some of my photos from years past and thought I'd post a few today.

These are of a Dodge Magnum station wagon nicely customized in the style of a 1940's Woody, for Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

They were taken in 2008.
Nikon D70s, Nikon 18-200mm lens at 20mm, f/4.5, 1/1250sec, ISO 200
Nikon D70s, Nikon 18-200mm lens at 36mm, f/4.5, 1/1000xsec, ISO 200
Nikon D70s, Nikon 18-200mm lens at 31mm, f/4.2, 1/1000sec, ISO 200