We don’t have mountains here in Central Florida. And we don’t have very good waterfalls either. But our clouds are as good or better than anywhere else.
Lately, sunrise and I haven’t been getting along. I show up faithfully, but sunrise doesn’t. It’ll send it’s friend fog instead. Or it’ll come dressed in plain, clear sky attire instead of its fancy, colorful, cloud costume. Or I’ll get frustrated and sleep in, and sunrise puts on a show without me. I don’t think it likes me anymore.
Yes, not every photo expedition goes as planned. Yesterday’s sunrise was disappointing (non-existent?). But we saw and photographed many things: birds (Sand Hill Cranes, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Osprey, Whistling Ducks, Hawks, Coots, Moorhens, a Purple Gallinule, Woodpeckers, and others), alligators, dragonflies, spiders, butterflies, and flowers while we were there. All in all, a great day.
There’s almost always something beautiful to photograph – something unique to share with others. Sometimes you just have to think a bit different or try a little harder. The question is whether you have the time and energy to search these things out and the vision to see them when you find them. In situations like this weekend, why not make weather the subject?
In the ten minutes we were there, we saw two wild alligators and several kinds of birds, including a Great Blue Heron, Little Egret, Ibis, and an Osprey flying away with a fish in his claw.
When you’re photographing around boats, even calm winds can move the mast tips or even the hulls enough to blur them in a long exposure. But that wasn’t happening that morning at the Sanford Marina.
Kevin M. and I have been going out photographing together since 2008 or 2009. But we hadn’t done so for a while. When he invited me to go with him to Lake Apopka yesterday, I eagerly agreed. The morning didn’t start well. The weather forecast was poor and the fog on the drive up was … Continue reading Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
I complained a bit about our weather last week, and I do think we’ve been getting more than our normal share of clouds and rain. It doesn’t seem right though to grumble about a few gloomy days here in Central Florida when conditions in some other parts of the country and world are bad or … Continue reading Blue Skies
Our weather’s been interesting – lots of rain and warmer than expected. Between that and other obligations, I’ve had a hard time practicing photography. Checking the forecast late on Thursday night, Friday looked like it would be halfway decent so I jumped at the chance to head out. There were a few rain drops falling … Continue reading Mostly Shorebirds
Classic / traditional landscape photography is often about pre-planning, travel to iconic grand vistas, waiting for gorgeous light, and making a carefully exposed image with a wide angle lens on a high end camera mounted on a tripod. And that’s all great – I enjoy doing that. But that’s not something we can do all … Continue reading Good light