Photography

My "Photography" categories are pretty self-explanatory. I'm an amateur hobbyist who enjoys getting out and taking pictures while self-teaching myself the techniques of good photography. I don't provide much text description  since that's not my focus.

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Thursday, September 9 2021

Eyes Open

What deer?.jpg, Sep 2021

Sometimes we get so involved in taking photos we forget to take some time without looking through the camera lens and look around to see what's around us.

Monday, August 9 2021

Recommended Places for Photography

This is a list of locations I recommend for bird photography that I'll list by Florida counties. I'm only including locations I have visited, not an extensive list covering all of Florida. I'll be catching up on these locations as I have time.


Palm Beach County 

You have two locations that almost make getting a photo of a wide selection of birds too easy. Both are more than well-worth visiting and you're pretty much assured of getting some great photos. 

Wakodahatchee Wetlands is 50 acres of previous wastewater utility property, the created wetlands are free and open to the public. Wakodahatchee features a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses between open water pond areas and islands with shrubs and snags to foster nesting and roosting.

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands is the county's newest nature center that overlooks 100 acres of constructed wetland and provides educational opportunities about this unique habitat. The wetland features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat.


St. Johns County

St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a Zoological Park that began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and soon became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research, and worldwide conservation efforts.

We decided to stop in and pass some time and were astounded at the number  and variety of birds nesting above the alligators. 


Monroe County

Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary serves as a humane, natural refuge for over 90 non-releasable birds, representing almost 40 different species. Every bird that is housed on our property passed through our Mission Wild Bird Hospital as a patient and was deemed non-releasable by our certified Wildlife Rehabilitators and our Volunteer Vet. This means that the birds unfortunately suffered injuries that prevent them from performing their natural behaviors such as flying, perching, feeding, and walking. However, our Sanctuary offers them the chance to live out the remainder of their lives in enclosures filled with natural perching, enriching activities, and appropriate diet.


Lee County

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of a larger complex that encompasses the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, The Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of the lands in these refuges are nesting and roosting islands. The entire complex is approximately 8,000 acres.  



Collier County

Shark Valley Two of the estuaries supplied by The Everglades River are the Shark River and Little Shark River whose brackish waters provide wonderful feeding and nursing habitats for several species of sharks, including bull sharks, which are the top of the food chain, as well as blacktip sharks and lemon sharks. You won’t see any mountains framing the Shark Valley, but we are technically in a valley because the coastal ridges of South Florida are higher than the interior of this part of the state. The western coastal ridge is about 14-17 feet above sea level. The Atlantic ridge is 15-20 feet above sea level, and the Shark Valley Visitor Center area is about 7 feet above sea level, which puts us in the valley between the two ridges. And that’s why we’re called Shark Valley.

Big Cypress National Preserve There are two places in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

   ·   Turner River/Upper Wagonwheel/Birdon Road - Description coming soon...

   ·   Loop Road- Description coming soon..

Thursday, July 1 2021

Be Prepared

I learned a lesson in preparedness after missing this opportunity. I was done for the day and, had my camera turned off, when I came upon these deer each with a bird on its head. They were gone before I could focus for a second shot.

Friday, June 25 2021

Post-Processing

I use minimal post-processing on my photos, I try to keep them as I see them through the camera. I do crop and resize them for fast viewing online but that's about all. It appears as though post-processing had almost become a necessary step with digital images which I honestly don't understand. With the quality coming out of modern digital cameras it seems unneeded for my use at least. I understand the need for professionals and many types of photographs but my focus is primarily wildlife which, in my humble opinion, shouldn't be processed as would other formats.

Of course, there are exceptions such as my favorite Woodstork photo on the top of these pages.

Thursday, June 24 2021

Photography

As I believe I've made clear, I'm an amateur learning the techniques to produce a good photo. I am of the opinion that a "good" photo varies from one person to the next. In the time I've been taking pictures I have spent a good amount of time looking at the innumerable websites devoted to the subject and have come to the position that skill is one important factor but also that equipment is another and that they are separate and inseparable at the same time.

Any good photographer can take a good photo with any decent camera and an inexperienced person can take remarkably good photos with a high-end camera. Today's digital cameras with high-end lens can produce very good photos in the hands of a rank amateur. In no way am I saying all anyone needs is a great camera to produce a great photo, but I feel that someone with a $15,000 setup will likely produce a quality photo assuming they frame the subject well due to the auto-focus, optical stability, and lens clarity, etc.