After school got out we bolted for Ponte Vedra Beach to spend the Memorial Day Holiday. Monday morning I missed the sunrise by about 30 minutes and instead looked for sharks teeth before the crowd and tide came in. Tuesday morning I made it just in time to catch the first glimpse of the sun cresting over a pillow of clouds at the tip of the horizon. Wherever you are, the sun rising rarely disappoints. Tuesday was no exception.
The first 3 pictures below were taking with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the last 2 were taken with my 14-24mm f/2.8.
Last night I went for a bike ride to capture some night shots of Rosemary Beach. This is the Town Hall and US Post Office on the coastal side of 30A. The stars were amazing and show up well in this picture. The image was shot with a Nikon D800 and 14-24mm f/2.8, 100 ISO, 5 frames between 1.3 seconds and 20 seconds. It was processed using Photomatix and Lightroom.
We took a quick trip to the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada Florida the weekend before Thanksgiving. It’s a pretty amazing place in the Florida Keys just south of Key Largo; mile marker 82 to be exact. My brother, Father and I went there in 1992 on a boys fishing trip. It was a very different place back then. It has since burned to the ground and been rebuilt as a fabulous resort. These photos were taken on campus as well as next door at the Moorings which is the resort next door to the Cheeca. Sunrise and sunsets are simply amazing each day, and easy to see regardless where you are staying. The island is probably a 10 minute walk from coast to coast. We took a sunset cruise one night and there are a couple of pictures of that below.
Cody the Goldendoodle is a huge Georgia Bulldog fan, and recently he borrowed some of our team apparel to show his team spirit. Here is a picture of him all dressed up.
He will be ruffing on the Dawgs as they go down to Jacksonville and take on the Florida Gators which are ranked #2 in the BCS this week. The Gators pulled through for us last week by beating South Carolina, but now it’s time for a repeat of 2011.
I went back to some pictures that I hadn’t developed yet to see what interesting goodies I could find. I really like this one of the morning sunrise over the beach, and the hint of homes on the right. I used Photomatix to process this.
Since I started shooting HDR photos I have been using SNS-HDR to process the images. I gave Photomatix a shot but SNS had a more natural look that I was looking for in my real estate photography. Today I decided to circle back to Photomatix and process some of the shots I have taken over the past year. Here is an example of one that I took over spring break in Rosemary Beach Florida. I like the way it processed in SNS and maintains a natural look, but this time in Photomatix I went for a more creative touch and boy did it come out. Here is the SNS version http://carsonvision.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/rosemary-beach-grass-park.jpg. Compared to the Photomatix version below. What do you think?
This week our challenge was to come up with a shot showing the rule of 3rds. This HDR image was taken this afternoon off the back of our house in Ponte Vedra. It was forcast to rain all day…turned out to be a pretty awesome day.