There is something magical about the taking pictures during the blue hour. This photo was taking from the Ringling Bridge overlooking the bay area of Sarasota near Marina Jack. I love the way the blue sky reflects in the still water.
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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow begins the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Benderson Park in Sarasota FL. I decided this afternoon might present a great opportunity to take a few photos before the competition began tomorrow when access might be limited. Although there wasn’t a lot of activity I was able to get a few shots of some teams getting in a last minute practice. This is the 8th week of the 52 Week Photo Challenge and I am fulfilling the number “8” challenge.
This year I attended the F3C workshop in Fort Myer FL. One of the workshops was to The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.This is part of the United States Wildlife Refuge System, located on the Caloosachatchee River, beneath the I-75 Caloosahatchee Bridge, within the city of North Fort Myers. The 40-acre refuge was established on January 1, 1921. It is administered as part of the J.N.” ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Complex. Although the animals were caged, each enclosure had an opening wide enough for a lens. It was a great photo opportunity to capture the animals showing their wild side.