Front Line

Melbourne Beach, Florida

I’m still looking through old images of previous trips to the Florida coast. I went crazy Saturday and switched my wait list request from Disney in Orlando to Vero Beach. I would rather go exploring the space coast to the gold coast. I found this approaching storm coming toward Melbourne. This is looking out over the Indian River at sunset back in September 2016.

Front Line
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 5s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 400

Melbourne Beach Revisit

Melbourne Beach, Florida

On my second trip to the Florida coast in March of 2016 I stayed with my mother-in-law and used her place as a base for my early morning/late evening excursions. I found the pier in Melbourne Beach and wanted to see if I could use it for a sunset image. My original post about this adventure is here. Although I love the image I have always thought it was a little flat and unsaturated as well as slightly out of focus. The big draw for me are the colors.

Staying with the “wanting warm images” theme while I sit up here in cold Central NY I decided to rework this image a little. Nothing drastic! A little more contrast, a little improvement on the focus and a slight color boost. I’m feeling a little warmer already…

Melbourne Beach Pier Sunset – Redo
Olympus E-M1 MK I, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.3s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

Unfreezing

Wordless Wednesday
Delta Lake State Park

Unfreezing
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 400

Ice Walk

Delta Lake State Park

I was almost at the limit of my stay the other evening at Delta Lake. Although I had on gloves they were not enough for the wind and my fingers were beginning to feel the cold. I spotted this group out of the corner of my eye walking into my scene. I zoomed in and waited. The dogs were excited to be outside and timing the shot was challenging. I wanted to have the individual isolated but it didn’t materialize. I liked this one with the lead dog looking ahead and the person and the trailing dog obviously walking. Right after this I headed to the car to warm up.

Ice Walk
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 86mm, f/11, ISO 400

Pick a Side

Delta Lake State Park

OK, I have had a few days of wishing for the sun and reliving a few trips to Florida. Yesterday the temperatures reached a balmy 19 F so I thought it would be a good idea to visit Delta Lake. There were clouds from the coming winter storm approaching but I like a little drama in the sky. My first stop was at the entrance to get the view across the frozen pond. I decided to go hand-held as I didn’t feel like holding on to the cold tripod. There was plenty of light so I knew it wouldn’t be an issue.

The park added benches around this pond at the end of the season last year. I can’t resist using a bench as some foreground interest. Which bench would you sit in? The one on the side of the clear sky or the one with the orange dramatic clouds?

Pick a Side
Olympus E-M1 MK III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/320s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

Have a Seat

Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

Along the trails of the sculpture garden are these red benches. I assume the bright red color is to allow them to stand out and be noticeable from a distance. Even though they are metal, they are actually quite comfortable to sit on. There are a couple of these benches on the hill above the Pagoda Pavilion. I have sat on them a few times and simply enjoyed the day. This one is interesting as it is tucked in among the trees and quite a few feet off the paved paths.

Even though this is a busy image, I liked the red bench having the orange book ends from the tree leaves. Late afternoon light casting long shadows didn’t hurt either. I thought to walk up to the bench, create a single impression in the snow on the seat and walk away leaving a single set of foot prints in the snow. Obviously I chose the the cleaner view…

Have a Seat
Olympus Pen-F, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/80s, f/11, ISO 200

Circles

Wordless Wednesday
Squared – SQ166
Delta Lake State Park

Circles
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 38mm, f/11, ISO 200

Frozen Dreams

Delta Lake State Park

The sun was out! At first, I wasn’t sure what that bright thing in the sky actually was since I hadn’t seen it in such a long time. Once I got over my initial confusion, I decided I would go get a proper “sunset” at Delta Lake. I should have checked on the wind!

Dang! I thought I dressed appropriately but the wind cut through me with ease. I grabbed a few images then hid behind a group of trees while I waited for the sun to reach the horizon. I wanted to capture the colors reflected in the layer of ice which formed near the shore. Once I captured my view, I practically ran back to the car…

Frozen Dreams
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/125s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200