Pier Lights – Three Ways

Riverside Park, Indialantic, FL

I mentioned in a previous post that my daughter and I went out before sunrise on our last day in Florida. She had wanted to go to the beach and I, of course, wanted more pictures. Our first stop was at Riverside Park. I love going to this park, especially around sunrise or sunset time. The park has a great pier jutting out into the Indian River. I can see the 129 Causeway into Melbourne. And there are a lot of places for me to setup my tripod. 🙂

This particular image I was trying to use the lights along the causeway to mimic the outline of the pier. It also has quite a few of the elements I enjoy photographing. It was before sunrise so I would need a long exposure (20 seconds). There are light reflections as well as a silhouette of the pier. I can easily say this is one of my go to places whenever I am in the Melbourne/Palm Bay area.

My indecision comes in with the processing I wanted to apply to this image. I like the color image. I have the contrasting yellow lights with the blue tinted water and sky. There are a few other splashes of color from various light reflections. And there is a soft blending of the magentas with the blues and yellows in the sky and water. While processing this image there is a step where I adjust the sharpness which is done in B&W. The program automatically switches to allow me to see the detail better. I thought that image looked nice as well.

So I applied my normal B&W processing using Topaz Lab’s B&W Effects. This is the second image which I used a cool tone treatment. And I guess I was in an exploring mood I also processed the image using Nik Collections Silver Efex Pro. I was going to a bluer look for the image and this software had better options for me. This would be the third image.

I like them all. I know I am suppose to have a clear idea in my head of the image I want to make but sometimes playing with an image is fun too. Experimentation is what keeps me interested. I want to see what other types of images I can create. I want to push myself into different areas. Granted, I didn’t push to far, but I played and I learned.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Pier Lights

Pier Lights
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 28mm, f/11, ISO 800


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Pier Lights - Cool

Pier Lights – Cool
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 28mm, f/11, ISO 800


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Pier Lights - Blue

Pier Lights – Blue
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 28mm, f/11, ISO 800

Who’s First?

Melbourne Beach

Everyone was enjoying the sunrise on the beach the last day I visited. After capturing a few images of the colors before the sun crossed the horizon I switched lenses to my telephoto to see what I could find with the sandpipers and seagulls. These sandpipers were a little cautious of me at first but as long as there was not a lot of other movement on the beach I could get fairly close. The hardest part was getting them to stand still so I could focus… LOL.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Who's First?

Who’s First?
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/15s, 150mm, f/8, ISO 400

Out for the View

Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, FL


On the last morning of our vacation I headed out toward the beach with my daughter in tow to grab some early morning and sunrise images. She had wanted to go to the beach but we had been so busy getting ready for Christmas and running around we never made it over previously. My first stop was at Riverside Park which is on the Indian River side of Indialantic. I love grabbing images of the pier at the park with the 192 Causeway in the background. That image is coming so I’ll warn everyone now… LOL.

With 30 minutes to go before the official sunrise we headed over to the beach to grab some of the pre-dawn colors. I was not disappointed! People were starting to gather on the beach to watch the morning show and I also found there were a lot of birds on the shore waiting as well. Before I ventured to far on to the beach I grabbed this silhouetted image of people waiting. There is something interesting about the silhouettes against the morning colors that has me shutter happy!


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Out for the View

Out for the View
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 35mm, f/11, ISO 200


Cocoa Beach, FL

On Christmas Eve day I went back to Cocoa Beach for the sunrise. My hopes were high after my cloudy attempt last time I was in Florida. I arrived plenty early to grab some pre-dawn images around the Pier. Luckily that plan was very fruitful. As the day marched toward the sunrise the clouds covered more of the sky and dashed my hopes for the idyllic Florida beach sunrise.

The pier uses quite a few spot lights to illuminate the sand and surf. At first I thought the bright lights would ruin any image I tried to capture. There was still a lifeguard stand on the beach and I thought possibly it could be used to hide the obnoxious lights. Although I initially captured multiple exposures the slightly underexposed image turned out to be all I needed.


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Overwatch

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 13s, 23mm, f/8, ISO 800

Enjoying the Sunrise too

Castaway Point Park, Palm Bay, FL


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Enjoying the Sunrise too

Enjoying the Sunrise too
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 8s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200

Sunset Reflected Silhouette

Melbourne, FL

Christmas in Florida is becoming quite the tradition for me. I love it! After a long drive from home we arrived in Palm Bay/Melbourne around 2:30pm on Thursday. I was able to sneak out for a sunset and thought it would be easiest to haunt my favorite places around the 192 Causeway. As I was looking for something different I found the sun setting behind a building on the Indian River shores in Melbourne. I loved the strong silhouette and reflection off the glass building to the right..


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunset Reflected Silhouette

Sunset Reflected Silhouette
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200