I have to hand it to the lens ball. As a conversation starter it really can’t be beat. Every time I’m out with it someone comments, and I always invite them to take pictures also. And they do, because even the cell phone works like a charm with it. That’s what happened the other night. Two couples were out for the sunset together and they asked about the lens ball and then took their own pictures through it. We had a running conversation all evening, because when it was finally sunset they got to try it again. I saw them as I was leaving and felt like I was saying goodbye to friends. One man said, “Keep enjoying life”, and I’m happy to think that that’s how I came across to them. Because I do.
Sunset was my real reason for being at Pine Island on Sunday night. You might not think so since I got so caught up in all the extra added photo ops that presented themselves before we really got down to the nitty gritty of sunset. But I was also on a mission to try a technique I’d heard about earlier in the day. It’s called contre jour, and it calls for back lit photos, but with some detail in the foreground so it’s not really a silhouette. That’s if I understood it correctly. Turn your camera away from the sun and set your focus, then recompose your shot to include the sun and shoot. I think it made a bit of a difference. Can’t wait to go out and try it again…
And again, Pine Island comes through. The photos speak for themselves, plus it’s late, and I’m tired…
It was a day to celebrate a family. Not my family however, I have no idea who these people are except that they are exceptional. This was a photo shoot at Pine Island, the first time this family had all gotten together for a family photo, because this is a new family. Two parents, four biological children, and four siblings who had newly joined the family. I was told that they lost their mother a year and a half before and had been placed in foster care. They kept telling their social worker to call this family, they knew the family from bible camp, and they were sure that this family would take them. And once they got a social worker to listen to them that’s exactly what happened. It was a nice story, and the sunset that I didn’t expect to be much wound up to be as heartwarming as I could ever hope for…
I’m happy to find that I’m not as much of a Florida wimp as I thought I might be. It turns out that 51 degrees on the beach for the sunset is pretty darned comfortable when the wind isn’t whipping. Pine Island, where I’ve found many photo shoots occurring in the past but on a chilly night and with low tide I was surprised to find one going on on this Wednesday night.
Social distancing wasn’t a problem, except for the seagulls.
The low tide I sought didn’t result in a beach full of sunset reflections that I hoped for, and the lack of clouds kept the sky from lighting up. But often the people and the birds determine how much I enjoy the trip out for the sunset. And this one was pretty nice.
As I drove to Pine Island on Sunday night I was early for sunset, on purpose, because I’d been to a class on photographing birds in flight the day before and I knew there would be lots of birds at Pine Island. I did get distracted as I drove and saw the beams of sunlight filtering through the clouds and I was worried I’d miss that shot.
I liked the soft color when I first got there, plus I didn’t miss the light beams. There were hundreds of gulls there, all sounding off in unison. As far as the birds in flight thing goes, this wasn’t exactly what I was thinking of ahead of time, but it seems like there is always a kid or two who takes great pleasure in rousting out the gulls.
And of course we did manage to have a sunset, despite the clouds.
And kudos to the iPhone, so often I like those photos best. And I never have to do much to them.