In my opinion some of the most spectacular sunsets occur just minutes after the sun disappears below the horizon. Under the right circumstances the sun illuminates the clouds and turns them into the most spectacular backdrop. This was taken on 11-26-2014 at 6:42pm at the Arthur R Wildlife Refuge.
I shot other photos beginning 45 minutes prior that I also enjoy. Place them side by side and the difference is staggering. It’s amazing how much our surroundings change in a matter of minutes.
The sky reminded me of Mar. It was as if I was this awestruck 5 year old. The enthusiasm. I was fumbling with my phone to snap pictures. I was nervously trying to study my camera settings to make sure everything was perfect. It was one of those moments that I had to act fast and I knew I only had s small window of opportunity.
If you look just above the silhouette of the land you will notice what looks like wavy plumes of smoke. It reminded me of the Aurora Borealis! It was dancing as I stood taking pictures. Taunting me to take more – so I did!
I think this was my closest experience to visiting another planet…
More from the shoot. Loving that light!
We arrived just before golden hour and arrived at this spot during. I had this timing in mind at the exact same spot. It’s helpful to become intimately familiar with locations in your area so you can brainstorm ideas before you arrive. I had different spots in my head prior to even stepping out of my vehicle. Model is Erica Berger.
What does this photograph have to do with a 46 year old?
The lens naturally! This was my first chance using my 28mm 3.5 Super Takumar lens. I had read about them on the internet and they seemed to have a rabid following.
I have always enjoyed the feel of my old Nikon 35MM SLR lenses. This lens proved to be even more substantial.
It’s really true they don’t make lenses like this anymore. Manually focusing was a treat. It’s evident why it’s 45 years old and still working like it was just produced yesterday.
I can only hope my new lenses will last as long, but I will not hold my breath.
I have since acquired other universal M42 lenses and I have more on my bucket list…
First time using my recently acquired 28mm Super Takumar.
Another photo taken prior to the last blog entry. I like this one best out of the series. Shortly after this photo was taken I almost mistakenly stepped on a fairly large alligator. That was my bit of excitement for the day. I will post a link to the video for your enjoyment.
Landscape taken tonight at Arthur J Marshall Wildlife Refuge. My first shots of the year. The weather was perfect and this was taken just about sunset. For the unfamiliar this site is the northeastern most section of the Florida everglades. I have spent countless hours shooting both landscape and macro here. I am seldom disappointed.
If you have followed my photography for any length of time you probably already know my interest in Western Palm Beach counties agriculture area. This was shot close to the area of 20 mile bend. Semis with payloads of sugar cane hurried just behind me while I stood waiting for sky to do something interesting.
Photography requires a lot of patience. Luckily it’s those times when I wait that I truly appreciate the peacefulness of my surroundings.
I was just trying to shoot anything at this point. The photos prior to this one had a girl who kept running back and forth stopping briefly to take pictures of herself. It was quite strange. This shot was after waiting for multiple people to finally get out of the frame and I think I was lucky to get one without people because their were quite a bit on the beach despite the nasty clouds.
On a whim I asked my girlfriend to take a drive to the beach and the sun was already setting and I noticed this behemoth cloud and wanted to photograph part of it.
Sunrise shots at grassy east with sjim2004. We have taken many sunset shots at this location and on every occasion there have been numerous birds flying into the rookery; making sunset shots even more dramatic. Tonight was unusually still. We were very satisfied with the sky none the less.