Tag: black and white

Time To Play Catch Up Again

Once again I’ve let the blog languish without updates for way too long (over two months!) So here are some of the photo highlights to get all caught up.

Tessa watching the water splash out at Fossil Beach (May 2nd 2015)

The field by Fossil Beach (May 2nd 2015)

Buskin River (May 10 2015)
River Crossing

Bunker near Fossil Beach (May 25th 2015)
Dandelion Bunker
This was taken three weeks after the ones above. Amazing how quick it turns green around here.

Yellow Anemone (May 30th 2015)
Yellow Anemone

Shooting Star (May 30th 2015)
Shooting Star

There that takes care of the month of May. I’ll put together a couple more updates for June and July.

Catching Up Part 3: Summit Lake

Here is yet another catching up post. For these shots we were on a hike out to Summit Lake here on the island. It was a gorgeous 5 or so mile hike out to the lake. It was cloudy the whole day for the most with the Sun breaking through occasionally but unfortunately not while I was taking photos.

This was my first really long hike with the D610 and the Peak Design sling strap and it performed admirably. No discomfort at all even with the 20-35mm lens on it which weighs a total of around 3.5 pounds.

Here are the photos:
Still Not Spring (D610, Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D)

Summit and Sky (D610,Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D)

Summit Lake valley (D610, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P)

Low Clouds (D610, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P)

Tessa finds a bone (D610, 20-35mm f/2.8D)
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That is it for this trip. More catching up to do later.

Swampy Acres

Today was a Sunday hike around the trail called Swampy Acres with some friends and the dogs. It was incredibly beautiful out there just a bit cold and windy. We actually ran into a light flurry on the trail but it was just a few flakes.

I brought the Sony A6000 again with the 18-55mm lens for another try. I have found that getting used to the camera and the post processing has helped the camera really impress me.

Anyway here are the photos:

Barometer Mountain:

These next two are from near an old bunker along the trail.



Lastly here is a shot of Tessa this afternoon sitting in a patch of sun.

Also here is the map of the hike:

Total distance: 4.28 mi
Total Time: 01:51:21

Foggy Saturday

And another new post for me today.

Saturday morning was quite foggy and a bit wet but Tessa and I braved the mist, huge puddles, and the nasty black Kodiak mud to get out for a short walk. We ended up walking from our apartment on down along Spruce Cape RD for a little ways then turning around. We ended the fun morning trying to get Tessa washed off in the bathtub and get the mud out of her fur. I did of course lug the Nikon around and took some photos.

Civil Preparedness Warning Siren:

Silhouetted Trees:

Foggy Coast:


Carillon Bell Tower

I went to a meetup today for the first time in a long time. We went to the Carillon Center in Clearwater or St. Petersburg. I’m not exactly sure what city it was in.

First shot of the meet up for me. Turned into a well lit shot with great shadows and an awesome sun star.

The tower itself. Went for the nice reflection in the water and toned the sky down some.

Finally a fairly rare bird shot for me. I believe this is a lesser blue heron.

Safety Harbor

My Meetup.com group was up in Safety Harbor tonight. I don’t usually go to meet ups on work nights but this sounded like it might be fun. I braved the mud and gnats to get a couple of these shots by going down into the sand since the tide was out.


This first one is from the fountain near the pier we were at. I managed to get the fountain backlit by the setting sun. The way the water jets came out was interesting and unforeseen by me while I was there.


This one of the shots from down in the mud. I warmed the photo up a bit to try and get some interesting colors. The reflections of the cloud in the little bit of standing water there came out quite nice I think.


This last one was also from the mud. but a bit earlier than the previous shot. The sky came out great in my opinion after applying a red filter in Photoshop.

As always you can click on through to see them on Flickr and check out the full size shots. You can also view them on the map in photostream. Thanks!

Photowalk – Eagle Lake Park & More

I just got back from my walk around Eagle Lake Park and the Florida Botanical Gardens up in Largo. I got a couple of pictures that I liked out of it. Maybe two keepers out of almost a hundred photos. I just finished up working with them in Lightroom and Photoshop. They are of course tweaked from the RAW images from the camera.

This one is from Eagle Lake Park. I kept it because I like the lighting and I thought the sky would turn out great after converting to black and white.


This is from the Rose Garden at the Florida Botanical Gardens. I liekd the framing with the gazebo and its shadow mostly. Once again converted to black and white.


This photo is also from the Botanical Gardens on the bridge going over towards the Welcome Center. I may have overdone the contrast a little bit.


You can click through for the photos on Flickr if interested. I have added the locations to all the photos from .gpx tracklog so you can see where they were taken pretty accurately as well.