Morning Bath Time?

Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, FL

I’m stuck in Florida! I guess when I wake and it is -6 F, I find it hard not to search out warmer images. Early morning at Melbourne Beach.

Morning Bath Time?
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 40mm, f/8, ISO 200

Coming Home

Melbourne Beach, Florida

The weather hasn’t truly been bad. Listening to the reports I am happy I do not leave off the Eastern shore of Lake Ontario. They have been hit hard this past week. We did experience some unpleasant weather on Tuesday. There is a warm front coming through my area. Around 3pm the sleet and freezing rain started. I opted to leave work early in hopes of out running the weather East. The ride home had its moments but in the end I only traveled an extra 5 minutes due to the weather.

The drive did have me thinking about the beautiful weather I left in Florida back in December. In particular, the last day where I was at the beach for the sunrise. I had an opportunity to switch out my lens to the telephoto and capture the sandpipers and seagulls. On the way home I kept thinking of this particular image I was able to capture of three gulls heading back toward the beach. I had to finish processing and then post it.


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Coming Home


I used quite a few of my compositional tricks to help improve the chances you will like this image. 🙂 I’ll tell on myself and explain what I did…

In my post about the new 52 week challenge I joined I talked about the rule of thirds. That rule is in full force in this image. Can you spot them all?

First, the horizon is on the bottom third horizontal line. Next I placed the three seagulls on the left vertical line. As luck would have it the gulls are also on one of the intersection points. Now, the highlight on the right where the sun will eventually break above the clouds is on the right vertical line. See what I mean by the rule of thirds is in full force.

Now there are few other eye-catching tricks employed in this image. There are three separate layers to the image. The water/waves are in the bottom third of the image and become the foreground. The clouds on the horizon are in the middle third while the gulls and bright yellow/orange sky are the top third. The clouds effectively become the background and the gulls and the hint of the sun are the subtle subject.

One last trick is the odd number of seagulls. This is often referred to as the rule of odds. The brain does not try to ‘pair’ off the odd number and bring a dullness or ‘sameness’ to an image. You can read more about this photographic ‘rule’ at another Digital Photography School article here.

So, did I succeed? Did my tricks influence you at all?

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

Patriotic Watch

Cocoa Beach, FL

Although it had just stopped raining, the conditions looked great for surfing. There were more people in the surf than there were on the beach as I ran around trying to capture images at Cocoa Beach Pier. I really liked the color scheme used for the lifeguard tower and having the surfers walk by sealed it for me. It didn’t matter that it was a rainy, overcast day, the scene was set.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Patriotic Watch

Patriotic Watch
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/60s, 85mm, f/16, ISO 200

Wordless Wednesday: Enjoy the Beach Moments

Melbourne Beach, FL

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Enjoy the Beach Moments

Enjoy the Beach Moments
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/3s, 14mm, f/14, ISO 200