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Wake-up call…

What started out to be a potentially futile trip out to the sunset on Wednesday night turned out to be a wake-up call. After all there was no guarantee that the sunset would be a good one, and/or that my view would be decent, because I was headed out to try for the ‘shipwreck’ against a sunset sky. But not only was there a promise of some color, but I also met a biker who is on a journey inspired by what God has done for him in his life, and who is on a trip to the four corners of the country to spread his story and hopefully inspire others with their own personal struggles. I realized that it’s been a long time since I met someone and heard their story while I was out taking pictures.

James Rice is his name, and he said he was riding past on his Harley when he noticed the ship and the sunset and stopped to take pictures. I was happy to see that no one had parked on the tail of the boat, giving us a little leeway for photos, and the woman who had parked close to the front had moved her car a few feet over when I asked her to. So I told Jimmy that he could be my bouncer because it was going to be a while until the actual sunset and I was sure that other people would would try to pull in and park. And they did, but they moved when asked nicely. I was more surprised when a couple of young people climbed aboard the boat and settled down to watch the sunset. By then another photographer had joined us and he said, “I guess I’ll have to try again tomorrow”, but I figured the heck with that, and yes, they also moved. What a nice trip out that night turned out to be, for entirely different reasons than I expected. I will think of Jimmy and pray that he stays safe as he travels and shares his story.

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Another Florida sunset…

It was off to Hudson Beach for the sunset last night. I wanted to experiment by using my wide angle lens rather than my usual lens choice. To compare the two of them I suppose. I’m influenced by all the talk of lenses and cameras in my group, but I’m so happy with my 18 to 400 lens because I want to be ready to zoom in close when I want/need to. But sometimes I’d like a wider view, but the actual wide angle lens makes everything in your view smaller. I complained about that in the group and our fearless leader told me I was trying to take the wrong pictures with it. I used both lenses and I’d have to guess to say which was which. But I liked the pictures so that’s all that really matters.

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Late to the party…

Yes, I was, late to the party I mean. Not the party in the feature photo, Ii wasn’t invited to that. But I was late for the sunset and rushing to get across the parking lot so I could have a view of the beach to see just how late I actually was. But those people had caught my eye. They held that pose, and held that pose, so I swung my camera up and took a shot. And still they held that pose. And I noticed the tripods and cameras off to the right, and the gal to the left of the couple who, I decided, wasn’t getting another angle on the couple, but was shooting the sunset. Was she photo bombing an engagement shoot? And who wears heels to the beach?

And the sunset held it’s pose. Well, it’s color, just long enough…

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Pine Island sunset…

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.

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Windy sunset…

There usually isn’t much in the way of surf at Hudson Beach, but what there usually is is people, dog walkers, kids playing, and lots of people taking pictures of the sunset. But this night was windy enough to keep people home. Except for me of course. I was fooled by a dreary day that turned nice in the afternoon, with blue skies and nice puffy clouds. I was only there for a half hour or so, and now while I”m editing photos I’m listening to the wind whipping up the palm trees outside. I’m glad I went out but I’m also glad to be home.