Indian River, Indialantic, FL
As I sit at my desk listening to the wind whip the snow around the house into big drifts, I find myself longing for days like this one. A simple bench on the edge of the water watching the sun set over a peaceful river. It is a symptom of the inconsistency in the weather. A few days ago it was in the 50’s, now it is in the teens with 20 mph winds. I really don’t mind the snow. It blankets the country side and provides great photo opportunities. I’m tired of the cold, especially when there is a strong wind… time to fire up the browser so I can plan a return trip to Florida and some warmth. 🙂
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320s, 18mm, f/11, ISO 200
Kiwanis Park, Palm Bay, FL
I’m still cold! If it was only snow, then I would be OK, but this cold is really getting to me. I have to ride this out over the weekend and by Monday we will have rain. WTH? For now, here is another warm, Florida image to enjoy…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200
Cocoa Beach, FL
OK, I’m tired of hearing about the polar vortex and I had to shovel the driveway this morning with a wind chill of -24F. I was only outside for twenty minutes but that was enough for me to want to remember a warmer time. I pulled up my pictures from the trip to Florida over Christmas and found this one that has a nice warm feel to it. I love the reflection of the sunrise in the windows of the restaurant on the pier…
Reflections on Cocoa
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.8s, 24mm, f/11, ISO 200
Cocoa Beach Pier
I suppose I should make my apologies now. I’m still processing images from my trip to Florida. It is a combination of numerous opportunities for good images and the winter hasn’t settled in here in Upstate NY. I find it hard to go out and photograph when there isn’t a nice layer of white snow covering the brown of late autumn. So for now, you will get a few more Florida images… 🙂
This image is back up at Cocoa Beach. I hung around until the sun broke the horizon. There was a nice layer of clouds low in the sky that I felt would provide some interest as well as catch more of the morning colors. It never hurts to have the pier in silhouette against the sun, nor some nice waves running toward the shore. I almost switched to my telephoto lens but this 40mm top end on my workhorse lens provided the right amount of zoom. Any closer and I think I would have been crowding the frame.
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200
Riverside Park, Indialantic, FL
If I do not have the time or inclination to drive very far for a sunset picture while I’m in Palm Bay, Florida, I have a few “go to” spots that have never let me down. Riverside Park in Indialantic is one of those places. The park is on the Indian River so it is facing West. The 192 Causeway is always in view if I want something with lights after sunset. And there are numerous docks in various states of upkeep to focus my camera on.
Although it was sunset and the sky was very colorful, I loved the look of this dock with the clouds in the sky. To me, the colors where not as important which pushed my decision to process this one as monochrome. This isn’t the first image with this dock. Back in 2015, my first visit to the Melbourne/Palm Bay area I captured Simplicity.
Setting on Abandon
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 200
Cocoa Beach, FL
It was almost two years to the day when I captured the original image I titled Overwatch at Cocoa Beach, Florida. The conditions two years ago where a little more drastic than I experienced this past December. It was also my first visit to Cocoa Beach and I might have been rushing my compositions.
This year I knew what I wanted to capture and I arrived early enough before sunrise to allow me to take my time. I was more composed and was not running around the beach trying to capture every bright spot my eye could find. My only concern this year was getting the right light.
My expectations were high as I missed an opportunity the day before after dropping my son off at the Orlando airport. The sky was brilliant as I drove East trying to make it to Cocoa Beach before the sun climbed too high above the horizon. I didn’t make it that day but it did steel my resolve to get up early the following morning and talk Mother Nature into putting on another good light show. She must like me… 🙂
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 10s, 17mm, f/5.6, ISO 200