There is a very old gravesite in Sarasota which appears to be abandoned and the hang out for some of Sarasota’s homeless. It proved to be a great photo op for a group of photographers that had a very cooperative model. The light was just perfect for a backlit shot. I had asked the model for an emotional pose which she mastered. Of course if you read the inscription on the gravestone, it is obvious that she could not have known the deceased.
An abundance of inclement weather is hard to come by when living in Florida so one has to improvise. I learned a very cool method of recreating a rainy window at a workshop. I know this isn’t truly seasonal showers but it’s so authentic looking I was compelled to use it. The method is to take a piece of clear plexiglass and spray water drops on it and then photograph your subject through the glass. I put my subject behind a window to further enhance the look. I know I will be trying this again with other objects.
This past weekend I attended the Florida Council Camera Club conference. One of the Lectures I attended was by Lisa Langdell, best known as a nature photographer. Her workshop was on photographing abstracts in nature. She demonstrated how one can “extract” a portion of a nature photograph you have captured and turn in into a beautiful abstract piece of art. While visiting the Naples Botanical Garden, I captured this water reflection in the lily pond. Although the entire photo was rather boring I extracted several portions of the reflections and turned them into abstract pieces of art. To further demonstrate the beauty I placed them in a living room scene that I designed. This has certainly opened my eyes to not deleting those photos that don’t have immediate appeal.
This weekend was the FC3 conference in Ft Myers FL. I took a macro workshop with Roman Kurywczak which was extremely educational. The focus of the class was teaching a method of taking sharp macro shots without using a tripod. I was skeptical at first but after practicing with the proper settings and lighting, I was able to capture this pile of broken watch pieces by hand holding my 60mm macro lens. It also gave me the opportunity to fulfill this weeks 52 week photo challenge.
Several weeks ago, the LWRDPC Landscape Focus Group took a trip to the Venice Pier, Venice FL for a sunset opportunity. In spite of the cold and windy weather, we were able to enjoy a magnificent sunset. I spotted this alone and isolated bird that cooperated long enough for me to get a photo. When I viewed this image in my computer I was taken by the serenity of the scene and pleased that I had a photo for this weeks challenge.
Last week the LWRDPC Landscape Focus Group took a trip to Hillsborough State Park. The park is beautifully canopied by Florida Oaks and other trees indigenous to the area. On a beautiful sunny day the water reflections are a photographers dream. I used a circular polarizer to enhance the water reflections. This photo is actually two of the same picture mirrored together. I converted it to monochrome to further enhance the reflections.