Wk 43, #35 Color Harmony (Composition): Beach Blue

I have a number of happy places, but the beach is at the top of the list.  The blue umbrellas were lined up waiting for chairs, towels and beach goers to fulfill their dream of spending Easter Sunday by the water.  The blues (water, sky, and umbrellas) create, I think, quite a nice harmony….especially with the birds on the sandbar.

Technicals:  Photo taken Easter Sunday, March 21 2019,  Lido Beach, Nikon D3200, Nikkor Lens 16-80mm @ 52mm, ISO 200, F9, 1/640SS.  Edited in LR & PS, mostly color saturation and cropping.Lido 3 Easter 2019 Color LoRes

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Wk 42, #36 Wild Card: Mother Nature’s Fireworks

Hubs and I just checked off a bucket list item….to stay in the Gasparilla Inn, Boca Grande.   We learned that the historic inn would be open until July 7 this year and decided it would be perfect to celebrate our nation’s birthday in a location steeped in history.

Checking for storms, there were a few in the area, but the future cast indicated they would drift southward, missing us completely.  The rain chance dropped from 60% to 25%.  It felt safe to walk across the golf course, loaded in equipment and set up on a little bridge that provided some height and solid surface. Fireworks were scheduled to begin at 9:20.  No sooner did I get set up when Mother Nature begin to show her stuff.  This is photo 8 (time stamped 9:25) out of 10.  In hindsight, I should have packed up after this one, but nooooo…..I was addicted to the light like a bug! Maybe the next one will be more spectacular! Waiting til it was ‘too late’ caused me to grab everything, put the camera under my shirt and hightail it with lighting cracking all around.  Yikes.  I was soaked, but camera is OK.  The storm lingered and the manmade fireworks kicked off at 10:50.

Technicals:  Photo taken July 4, 2019, Nikon D3200, Nikkor Lens 16-80mm @ 18mm, 200 ISO, F2.8, 20 sec SS.  The lighting caused the photo to be over exposed.  Extensive editing in LR & PS.  Just a little cropping.  Can’t explain the halo around the flag, but it was whipping around….this is my first single stroke lighting capture.Gasparilla Inn Light Storm8 7-4-19 Color LoRes

Wk 41, #34 Squares (Creative): Crazy House

Under the Canopy Walk stairs at Myakka River State Park.  I am looking up, but hubs says it’s not obvious.  But we agree that it looks more like a crazy house!  I’m standing on the ground, looking straight up to the underside of the observation tower, which is 76′ in height.  Although I’ve been to the top a few times, today’s 95 degree heat kept me under the canopy.  That’s a long way of saying the oval shape in the middle of the platform might be the scenic viewer/tower viewer, but I can’t swear to it.

Technicals:  Photo taken June 25, 2019, Nikon D3200, Nikkor Lens 16-80mm @ 18mm, F3.5, ISO 200, 1/125SS, camera monochrome setting with yellow filter, tripod.  Cropped and edited (slightly) in LR & PS. Myakka CanopyWalk4 6-25-19 BW LoRes

Wk 40, #26 Loneliness (Creative): Last person out

When the last student exits the hallway for the summer, the silence is deafening.  You can hear a pin drop.  And suddenly, a bustling, busy high school is consumed with loneliness.

I attended my high school 50th (what????) reunion this summer and part of the activities included a tour of the school campus.  It had been a mere 50 years since I’d set foot on the campus and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  What I saw, sadly, is a once prominent school in decay.  And we learned that the two primary factors leading to the decline are lack of investment and how school choice is being implemented in this particular school district.  The good news is that the School Board has recently approved capital investments and a fundraising effort is underway to upgrade the Band Room, which is not part of the school board’s plan.

I was part of a small group that broke off from the larger tour to explore.  When we turned into a hallway (lockers are a thing of the past!), I saw a former student leaving, likely to never return.

Technicals:  Photo taken June 8, 2019; iPhone.  Edited in PS–converting to B&W enhances, I think, the loneliness factor. The light from the door contributes as I imagine it similar to a sunset…darkness will be here soon  The photo would also work for Squares, but I have another idea for that!

CGHS Hallway JUne 2019 BW LoRes

Wk 39, #32 Wild Card: Monorail Sunset

While attending a recent conference at The Mouse, I used free time to hunt for photo ops.  A long shot of the monorail with sunset colors coming through the glass windows makes for an interesting perspective. I wonder what the view was like from inside the monorail!

Technicals:  Photo Taken June 22, 2019, Nikon D3200, Nikkor Lens 16-80mm @ 48mm, F10, ISO 200, 1/3 Sec SS.  Cropped with color saturation added to bring out the colors in PS.Disney Monorail4 6-22-19 Color LoRes

Wk 38, #28 Wild Card: It’s Monday!…..Yawn…..

For the past 2 weeks, this gorgeous Roseate Spoonbill (aka Rosie) has made the pond behind our place the ‘go-to’ daytime hangout.  Rosies are common in our ‘hood, but seeing/observing one on a daily basis is uncommon….clearly a sign that all is right with the world.

I’ve taken many pictures of him/her, but haven’t developed the patience and/or persistence needed to catch unusual behavior or flight.  It being Monday, I wondered if this yawn was just to acknowledge….well….it’s Monday….Big Whoop.

Technicals:  Photo taken June 10, 2019, Nikon D3200, Nikkor Lens 200-500 @ 500mm, ISO 200, 1/1000SS, F5.6.  Hand held. Colors saturated in LR, cropped and add’l color editing in PS.

Monday Rosie Yawn 6-10-19 Color LoRes

Wk 37, #17 Twilight (Technical): Last Light

Hubs and I drove out to City Island after dinner tonight to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the water….and, of course, I was hoping to catch the perfect setting for ‘twilight’.  Fortunately, we were rewarded with a nice breeze and not too many folks.  My original plan was to frame the sun’s rays reflecting off the downtown buildings, plus the Ringling Bridge bathed in the last light of the day, but Mother Nature had other plans.  I turned around and saw what I was looking for at The Sailing Squadron.

Technicals:  Photo taken May 25, 2019, Nikon D3200, Nikkor Lens 16-80 @ 25mm, F14, ISO 100, 1/180SS, tripod.  Converted to Adobe Landscape in LR, saturated the colors and contrast to match what I saw in my mind’s eye.  A little bit of cropping.

Twilight1 5-25-19 Color LoRes