Bayport, photography, sky, sunrise, technology, unintended images, weather

Half-mast sunrise…

4-21halfmastsunriseI had a plan for Saturday morning.  I figured that there was time to go to Bayport for the sunrise, and then head back home and find the Sandhill crane family as they left the pond behind me and headed out on their day’s adventures.  And it was going well, I thought, as I saw the color beginning to develop in the sky.  I don’t always notice the flag when I’m at Bayport, I have already tried, and failed, to get the flag to be flowing in the breeze with the colors of the sunrise behind it.  I guess I need to be taller.  But this day it struck me that the flag was at half-mast, and I realized it was in honor of Barbara Bush.  A well-earned sign of respect I thought.

The colors continued to develop, but the overall gray hue at the horizon continued also.  The 600mm lens saw this…4-21sunriseatbayport4-21sunriseatbayport34-21sunriseatbayport2As it got lighter I turned away from the sunrise and looked to the west, looking for otters playing, or the Great Blue Heron who frequently appears just as the sun rises.  I found neither, but I did find a magnificent cloud that looked like a very colorful tornado.  I knew that it was possible to take a vertical panoramic photo with the iPhone, but I hadn’t found a suitable subject before.  IMG_3016 2.jpgIf I hadn’t stopped for coffee and a muffin I might have caught the crane family heading out, but not this day.  Still, a good start to the day…

photography, rain, unintended images, weather

Rainy morning photo ops…

The sunrise is later now, so that leaves more time to cruise around drinking coffee from my Starbucks to go cup and looking for potential photos to take.  Even when it’s drizzling rain, but only a light sprinkle, so I stuck with it.  And it’s a good thing I did because before the sun came up the the rain came down for real.  And that was it.  It was Steak n Shake that had caught my eye, with the black and white stripes and red accents.  I noticed it the other day and thought I’d like to take a picture.  Once I did that I saw potential everywhere.  3-12steakandshaketacobell2PaneramcdonaaldsDuncandonuts2tacobellDuncandonutstwisty treatSometimes you have to just take what you can get and be happy that you got anything at all…

 

boats, connections, friends, nature, pelicans, photography, technology, travel, weather

A Tarpon Springs afternoon…

I have a Facebook/blog friend who is planning a trip to my area soon.  She is a photographer and is looking forward to sharing some of my photo op locations, for sunrise or sunset photos is what I think she mentioned.  But a day trip to Tarpon Springs would check off a lot of the boxes for a visitor to the area.  You can eat Greek food, you can shop, and you can take a dolphin or sunset cruise, which I confess I haven’t ever done.  I met a friend there for lunch yesterday, and I arrived early in hopes of getting some photos.  I carried my camera in my smaller camera bag but never opened it, using my trusty iPhone 7+ for all the photos I took yesterday.  I love the wide angle it gives you in these situations, and rarely do the photos require much in the way of editing.  It was a glorious day, and so fun to catch up with a friend.  2-22tarpon12-22tarpon22-22tarpon42-22tarpon52-22tarpon62-22tarpon72-22tattooI had to go back and add this last one.  It’s on the side of a building that houses a tattoo parlor.  Wouldn’t this make a fabulous tattoo?  For that younger version of myself that is, not me.  LOL, I always have been all talk.  Well, mostly…

adventure, Florida landmarks, friends, moments, perseverance, photography, sky, sunset, weather

Clearwater ferry and sunset…

What if they gave a photo meet-up and nobody came?  I knew that cancellation was a possibility, but the clouds didn’t obscure the blue sky enough for me to worry about it as I left the house with 2 hours to spare.  As I stood at the ferry landing looking for other people weighted down with photo equipment I checked my email and found the notification that it was cancelled.  For a brief moment I considered heading home, but then I kicked myself in the butt and told myself to get on the ferry.  Not only that, but I decided to ride the sunset cruise rather than stand on the beach by myself, and that was a good choice.  I made two new friends, Rhonda and Art, and we had fun taking photos and pointing out photo ops to each other.  I showed Art how to set the focus and exposure in his iPhone, and he showed me some editing tricks that I hadn’t discovered.  We toasted the sunset with champaign, compliments of the cruise!   Rhonda said it tasted like ginger ale, which it did, and later I discovered that my horizon line was off in most of my photos, but I can’t blame the alcohol for that.  I’ll blame the boat, rocking on the water.  It was a lovely evening…

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go with the flow, losing battles, nature, photography, rain, storms, weather

If only it wasn’t raining…

… I’m sure I’d be out front changing the light bulb in the light post.  Especially since I bought the replacement bulb weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect day and today would be it, if only it wasn’t raining…

… I’d also have gotten in my 36 laps at the pool…

… The dogs wouldn’t be looking at me and wondering why I don’t stop the rain and take them for a walk…

… I’d probably would have stopped procrastinating and called the sprinkler guy to come fix the sprinklers before my crispy brown lawn dies completely…

… I’d pick up the fiddle feaf fig leaves that are laying out there on the lawn.  I’ve already picked up 5 full garbage bags full, but I probably could fill another bag now…

… I wouldn’t have had to close the bedroom door to keep a wet, drooly dog from dirtying up the clean sheets…

… I would have gone out and taken a lot more eagle photos, and the sunset too…

… I would have washed the car, mowed the lawn, and bathed the dogs…

…and I wouldn’t have worn my in-case-of-mud-photoshoot-shoes to church…1-29Sundayshoes

If only it wasn’t raining…

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Moonlight…

It’s not unusual for the dogs to want to go out at 4 AM, but was unusual that it was so light out on Wednesday morning that I didn’t need to turn on the outside light to see them wandering out back.  The moon was big and beautiful, and straight up overhead.  Once it occurred to me that I hadn’t attempted a moon photo since I got the 600mm lens and extender I just had to try it.  Here I’ve been complaining about the cold, and yet I didn’t even notice the cold while I was taking pictures out there.  It was 30 degrees out, according to Siri, but with no wind it didn’t feel so bad.  Or I was so distracted by trying to get the tripod to point straight up that I didn’t notice.

Since that went well I was off to Bayport for the sunrise a little later, and found it to be so windy and cold that I got right back into the car and didn’t take any pictures at all.  Instead I headed to Jenkin’s Creek where the birds were no where to be seen.  So much for always finding an eagle at sunrise.  But at least I have my best moon photo so far…

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The featured photo is one I took quite a while ago and finally decided to see what I could do with it.  The moon was blown out, and I always seem to try to include branches or something besides just the moon in my moon photos, but it honestly doesn’t work well.  I guess the camera wants you to focus on one or the other.  But I liked this picture so I took it into an app called Distressed Effects and played around until I came up with this image.  I have a lot of photo editing apps that I never use anymore.  I’ve often thought that it might be fun to choose a single picture and put it through all the apps that I have to see what I could do with them.  If this cold snap continues to keep me inside I might just try it.