Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lazy Days-Paynes Prairie Preserve, Florida

This image was captured while hiking at Paynes Prairie Preserve one of Florida’s great State Parks. After a few minor adjustments in Photoshop’s CS5 I used the Tonal Contrast filter in Nik Software, Color Efex Pro™ 3.0. For me the Tonal Contrast filters is one of the best of the 52 filters offered in Color Efex Pro™ 3.0. Then I opened the image in Silver Efex Pro 2 designed to help create stunning Black and White images. I used the vignette tool in to help draw attention towards the center. The Black and White image opened in Photoshop as a layer. Using the luminosity setting in the blend modes in the Layers Pallet removes the Black and White affect and leaves the vignette affect. The vignette tool in Silver Efex Pro 2 is the best I have used. After setting the luminance mode you can change the opacity till you find the density you visually appealing. My recommendation is to make the vignette darker knowing you are going to change the opacity.

Alligator Alley
Alligator Alley

These three lazy guys look a little like the tire rubber I left along Interstate 10 in Northern Florida

Relaxing with friends in Gainesville Florida on the way to the Naples Downtown Art Fair gives me a couple of days to get in a little photographing and unexpected car repair. On the drive down from the Art Fair in Fairhope Alabama I had a blowout on one of my tires; fortunately it was on one of the rear wheels which are dually so I was able to limp to the exit and find a tire repair place and four hours later be on my way.

While in Gainesville I was able to get in a little shooting time and have the front end aligned and a couple of other tire replaced. After experiencing a blow out I decided to take a little preemptive action with tire safety.


Sunset at the Beach

After showing at a small art fair in Florida I spent a couple of days relaxing at Grayton Beach State Park in Florida’s Panhandle. These are some of the best beaches in Florida and are worth spending time photographing.

Sunset, Florida Panhandle
Sunset, Florida Panhandle

The clouds had a surrealistic look to them so I went out hunting possible locations to capture the late afternoon light. I found a pavilion just west of the park and took several test exposures to check for lighting variations and practice angles. After doing several tests and moving the chairs around to achieve the composition I was happy with I settled in and waited for the light. Often I will spend up to an hour or more taking exposures of a scene as the light changes.

Romantic Sunset for Two
Romantic Sunset for Two

As I waited I had an unexpected surprise, Alan Klug another Art Fair photographer came up to check out the pavilion and stayed for a visit. After awhile he wandered of to check out other possible sunset shots and came back deciding as I had earlier that this was the best angle available. It is not how many images you take but the quality of the images you capture and enjoying the time and light while taking the images. We spent the next hour photographing a great sunset and sharing a few stories over dinner.        


Sunset-Santa Rosa, Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset-Santa Rosa, Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset-Santa Rosa, Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

I processed this image using Photoshop CS5 and the Nik Software plug-in Color Efex Pro™ 3.0.

Sunset-Santa Rosa,Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

Sunset-Santa Rosa,Florida-The Gulf Islands National Seashore

I processed this image using Photoshop CS5 and the Nik Software plug-in Color Efex Pro™ 3.0.

This weekend I am displaying at an art fair in Gulf Breeze Florida. Just south of Gulf Breeze is The Gulf Islands National Seashore a wonderful stretch of coastline in the Florida Panhandle. I will be in the area photographing sunrises and sunsets in the panhandle this week while I layover for next weeks art fair in Fairhope Alabama. This area is great to photograph any time and I hope to find the time to photograph this area in September one year when the Sea Oats are in bloom.

I photographed this image with a 5D Mark II with the 24-105L Canon lens. Using a 30 sec time exposure gives the water a smooth dreamy look. The Aperture was set at F 22 giving me an almost infinite depth of field. F 22 puts everything in focus from your Foreground which is the water and sand and is just a couple of feet away to your Background which is the sky and is several miles away. When I capture images using long exposures I always take multiple images. If the sand shifts during the exposure you will end up with motion blur and the first two images I opened up did have motion blur. Pixels are free so it doesn’t cost us the price of film and developing to shoot the image multiple times and delete the images we do not want to store in the processing stage.


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