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Missing the boat…

It wasn’t the right setting to try the photography technique we had intended to use. Our photo club guru, Jeff, says that You Tube how-to videos can be made by any Tom, Dick, or Harry so watch out. But in this case I think it was more the two people on the receiving end of the information who missed the boat. Further practice is needed.

The feature photo was taken with a new lens I bought, and I wasn’t attempting any particular settings when I took it. Which is evidence that the new lens bears no responsibility for the lack of desired results. Nope, blame operator error, as usual. But with Lightroom all was not lost, which is a good thing since it’s been too hot to venture out for photos in the daytime lately. Venturing out to check out the pool wouldn’t be a bad idea however. Just heaven forbid, no pictures please.

I like the softer focus on this one.
How about a black and white-ish effect?
Various people wandered onto the dock to watch the sunset.
I liked the cloud in this picture. It looks like it’s straight out of the new Jurassic park movie, which is another possibility for an activity for the heat of the day.
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Rise and shine…

I set the alarm for 4:30 AM, and then was awake from 12:30 on, waiting for the alarm to go off. Of course I’d fallen asleep and was startled when it did go off, but such are the trials and tribulations of a photographer in search of a nice sunrise. Not only a chance to shoot in a fun place with friends, but to go to a new breakfast spot with the most amazing looking waffles ever! At the last minute I let myself be talked into a frittata instead, and now I have to go back for the banana maple pecan waffles that I failed to choose this morning. And the breakfast possibilities distracted me for the last half of the shoot since I was starving. Or I could just win the lottery and move to Safety Harbor altogether, but then I’d be in range of those waffles every morning and that would be dangerous.

The feature photo was my first shot of the morning and this was my second.
The color was so low in the sky that trying to get the pier with the color behind it didn’t seem possible.
Of course that didn’t stop me from trying.
Even with the cloud cover it was a pretty sunrise.
I appreciate a setting that allows you to move around to vary your shots.
This photographer was able to wander while his phone was set to take a photo every few seconds, and then the entire sunrise could be played back in 20 seconds or so.
Leave it to the iPhone to give me a wide enough angle to get the sunrise and the pier in one shot.
How cute is this little spot? Imagine us in that charming courtyard just beyond, enjoying our breakfasts.
Not everyone second guessed their choice of breakfast. A mixed berry waffle, just before the whipped cream slid off to the side.

Fun with friends in Florida, where you can get your activity in early, before it gets too hot, and then nap away the afternoon while the sun blazes away. Or while the thunder rumbles, even if it doesn’t rain. Makes for a perfect day.

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Sunset with friends…

It had been a very long time since I’d been out shooting with the group that came out to Crystal Beach last night. I’m afraid that I was so happy to see them, and had so much fun talking with them, that I stayed in one spot and shot the same photo over and over again. Yes, the sun sank into the water eventually, but the biggest difference in my pictures was the people on the pier. We had a drink at Molly Goodhead’s afterwards, and while I was there I caught a bit of the Lightning game where another friend was rooting them into tying up the playoff series they are in. It was a nice night all the way around.

When I was leaving to head to the shoot I had a ‘severe thunderstorm watch’ on my phone, but as you see there were just enough clouds last night. There will be a sunrise in this group’s future very soon.

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Lazy daze…

It was HOT. Not the day for a later start for the zoo than usual. We found the animals to be lazing around, keeping cool. The feature photo is Randee and Riplee, I think, who tucked themselves into the small cave just at the edge of the little waterfall in their enclosure. I couldn’t fault mama for that, even if the droplets were showing in my photos.

The pink netting was a popular item among the orangs. Here the big male has draped himself with it, and then sat and tenderly, it seemed, groomed this female. I used to think he kept to himself all the time, but I the last few times I’ve been there he has played with young ones and now this nice interaction.
Here are Randee and Riplee again, and a few more droplets.
One of the young ones, on her own.
A ‘wild’ butterfly, who calls the zoo home by choice.
I loved the look of this shack, which is actually part of the manatee treatment facility.
This cougar was having a siesta.
I have given up on taking a non-closeup of a giraffe. There is just too much of them. Plus I love their eyes.

It was about at this point that I was thinking about suggesting we call it a day, but my friend asked if I wanted to see the elephants and giraffes before we go. Obviously we did, and I was quite happy that I hadn’t shot that idea down. On one visit to the zoo the elephants were in their pool area, and a quite small baby had fallen over into the water and provided quite a hilarious photo op for all of us there as he flopped around. Ever after that day I have wished for them to be in the water, and I said that out loud yesterday, and I got my wish. The smallest elephant of the group, the same one I wonder, headed to the water.

He stayed on his feet, and squirted himself thoroughly while backing further and further under the waterfall.
The adult elephants didn’t join him, or even come close to keep an eye on him. He knew how to keep cool.

I sort of wished that little elephant would squirt us, or maybe not, but it did cross my mind. While I was watching him I forgot about the heat for a little while, but after this stop we headed home. ZooTampa is small enough, and shady enough, and close enough to home, that an early morning trip for a couple of hours is enough to make this photographer happy.

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Lost and found…

A reader recently told me not to worry about using ‘old’ pictures, though the ones we were talking about that day were only a month old. These photos were found on an SD card that I apparently had put away upon getting a ‘better’ SD card. The photos were from 11-9-2019, and were taken at Pine Island. It seems I have abandoned Pine Island for sunset photography these days. I haven’t been back since they decided to keep charging the $5/car entrance fee even when you are arriving 20 minutes before sunset. But these photos have reminded me how much I enjoyed the sunsets there, and of the connections I’ve made there also, so perhaps I will rethink my position on paying the fee. I probably used these photos in a blog post back then, but seeing them on the card doesn’t give me a clue about that. And Lightroom has had some fabulous upgrades to use since then. The skies look very much like our current skies, so there is that at least. I sometimes feel as if I temporarily lost, and then found, myself these last few years. All in all, being found is a good thing.

The feature photo is of the beach and sky to the left of the actual sunset. This photo is taken to the right, which would make it towards the north. Very different sky.
It was early yet, but down in the corner you see people settled into their chairs to watch the show.
I don’t know if I expected as pretty a sunset as it turned out to be.
Not a lot of people waiting for sunset, but some.
Low tide adds some interest to the scene.
Finally the sun was dropping below the clouds.
Another photographer with his own perspective on the sunset.
Touchdown! Finally.
I took many more shots as that sky darkened. But this is my last shot from the parking lot as I got ready to leave.

Pine Island is now calling me. Not tonight though. We will be (hopefully) celebrating a Lightning win at one of our favorite places to belly up to the bar tonight. Or drowning our sorrows, it remains to be seen.

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Krate…

When you already have a very nice shopping area, complete with restaurants, movie theaters, and shops for every member of the family, what more does it need? Apparently someone thought that The Grove needed 50+ container storefront shops, with lots of room to add more. This is a novel idea to me, but perhaps not so much to you. The grand opening was set for Saturday, but we went on Friday as something to do while a tropical storm was bearing down on South Florida. We wanted to avoid the crowds that I assumed would be there for the grand opening the next day, but as I looked around it was the sky that kept grabbing my attention. Amazing, wide-open skies, with ominous dark looking clouds that never did materialize into the called for rain. At least not here.

Colorful umbrellas, some people strolling, but always the sky.
You will not go home hungry if you visit this place.
I have to admit that these low-slung containers left a lot of room for sky in my iPhone photos.
I’m so glad I was here when we didn’t have cars and people cluttering up the shots of that sky. LOL.
Charcuterie anyone?
I wonder what will be sold at the Rebellious Hippie?
Something for the kids. The MaeBerry name is what got my attention, but I don’t suppose the young people would understand why.
Besides having every edible treat you can imagine available, you might also like to buy some jewelry or get a tattoo.
It’s nice to know that what happens at Krate stays at Crate.

I thought I’d be able to mention all the varieties of food that’s available here, but it was mind boggling. Suffice it to say that from hot dogs to sushi, it was all here. Plus wine bars and craft beer. And don’t forget the bakeries and ice cream shops for dessert. From what I could see this area will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, maybe to leave you to digest what you sampled over the weekend. I found this to be a fun concept and I’m looking forward to returning when the shops are open. I don’t think I mentioned that of the 50+ shops here, only one is a chain store. That’s taking a good idea and making it even better.