I have been playing with some photos from a recent trip to St. George Island off Florida’s panhandle.
PSA: Please be very careful about the time of year and where you are when using any white lights near the beach. Baby turtles can get confused by artificial lights and lose their way.
I knew my schedule was taking me back near the bridge from the last post. I wanted a crack at it with more filters and a tripod. The neutral density filter that I used before came with 2 friends that I layered on top before loading the camera in my bag. I did not have much time, because, well, I was still “working.” I parked, grabbed by bag and my tripod and hustled back to the bridge.
On the way out, it was apparent that a few storms had been by since my last visit. The water was higher. There was more debris. It was a little creepier.
The photos all came out with a red tint. Maybe it is because I did pretty much pick the filters by size and price only. Luckily, tint can be largely corrected with the magic of LIGHTROOM. I was able to take longer exposures before light blew out the image.
The first 2 views on the page were taken with a new toy I am playing with. It is basically a low cost neutral density filter. I got the idea from Richard Bernabe. He does some fantastic work and his blog has some great tips and information.
The insects were fussy today. I just could not get them in focus. The blue guy had 2 buddies but they were so fast I basically just popped it in sports mode and hoped automatic fire could catch them.
This is the song that kept coming to mind as I walked on the path surrounded by black water. Warning-Bluegrass sound.
Hmmmm, at least cousins.
I was gifted an annual state park pass this year and have been trying to put it to good use. One thing that I learned from the friendly, and amazing, park employees, is that you can request a special pass to be able to stay a little after dark or to come in early.
I have just started to play with the photos but wanted to share a few. I recruited a volunteer to come on the adventure with me and I think it was a pretty good initial outing. It was certainly a fun way to spend a Saturday night.
The park was busy enough to close to new admissions during the day, but at night…Us, the raccoons, the glowing eyes from the forest, and some campers.
I recommend getting to know your parks. I lived in Florida a long time before I realized how many there are and some closer to home than you may realize. City, county, state, federal…enjoy!! And, maybe take some bug spray 🙂