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.
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…
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.
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?
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…
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…