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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Large Format Photography

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Large Format Photography

Living in Florida has its advantages. It’s nice in the winter and we can get radio and cell signal for miles on end. However, as a photographing the flat plains can get a bit stagnate after awhile. I’m originally from upstate New York where we had mountains and amazing waterfalls. Something about seeing a waterfall is so relaxing. How does one get enough elevation in Florida for a waterfall? It’s not easy, but possible. I was helping someone recently at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida with some photos. Having been there...

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Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Highlands Hammock State Park – Sebring, Florida – Large Format Photography

Hope everyone is doing well. It’s been very wet and stormy here in Florida. As I write this in July 2017, Myakka River State Park has been reported at flood stage already. Usually I don’t hear about this until August or September. We always say we need the rain. Hopefully we are making up for years where we were short. This makes a great time to get some clouds and stormy photos. Also, many of the parks have water in them, making reflections a nice addition to your subject. Speaking of reflections, a little while ago I decided to go to...

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Ries Tripod – Large Format Photography

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Ries Tripod – Large Format Photography

Sometimes when you decide to try something new, you get a surprise. When I decided to switch into large format photography, I spent a year trying to heard all of the details together that was involved. Overall, I would have to say that I did a pretty decent job, there were only a few minor issues that needed some attention. However, there was one thing that came up that I thought I had covered. I did have something that kind of worked, but I was asking too much of it. Let me explain. When dealing with a large format camera, you need a really...

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Myakka River State Park – Myakka Island Trail – Sarasota, Florida

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Myakka River State Park – Myakka Island Trail – Sarasota, Florida

They say it’s the journey and not the destination that makes the trip. This was just the case on my last photo adventure. I decided to check out Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. I called someone who knows the area and they said they had never been to that exact park, however in the neighboring park the mosquitos were so thick they had to leave. I arrived at the preserve and I thought to myself before I haul this heavy equipment around, I better look at the map. On the board where the trailhead starts there were two pieces of paper. One...

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Lovers Key State Park – Bonita Springs, Florida

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Lovers Key State Park – Bonita Springs, Florida

Some photos become a project in themselves. I’ve been on the hunt for trees on the beach. About a year ago, I found some at Stump Pass Beach State Park. When I returned a year later, I was in time to watch as the pass was being dredged and what I was looking for was five feet under sand! Oh well, that’s the way it goes. I was looking at some photos online and I found some similar trees. They were located at Lovers Key State Park. I was guessing this must be on the other side of the state of Florida and would have to be an extra special trip...

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Stump Pass Beach State Park – Large Format – Englewood, Florida

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Stump Pass Beach State Park – Large Format – Englewood, Florida

Despite one’s best efforts, there are times when the stars just don’t line up. Maybe I should back up a little. About a year ago, a good friend of mine and I went to Stump Pass Beach State Park in Englewood. Florida. I had seen this location from Google Maps and there seemed to be “toothpicks” coming out of the ground. I had to go investigate this. I called my photo friend and she was up for the challenge. We arrived and walked down to the point. Took some photos and barely made it back. Here is the link to the original post: Stump Pass Beach...

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Mangrove Island – Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Mangrove Island – Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

Most photographers that I have talked to, tell me about the “elusive” photo that they had to really work to get or are still trying to capture. This photo is one of those. Many years ago, I was doing a photo class at Ponce de Leon park in Punta Gorda, Florida. We were working on the usual items such as composition, camera controls and lighting. We took a walk down a make shift fishing trail that is accessible during low tide. As we made our way through the trail, we came upon a clearing and in front of us was a “Mangrove Island”. I really...

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Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Ponce de Leon Park – Punta Gorda, Florida – Large Format Photography

“It takes a village to raise a child”. This is an old expression. However, “It takes a box of film to get one photo.” could be a photographer’s version. Well, it wasn’t quite that bad. But one never knows where they may end up, even if it’s on their knees. Let me back up a little. When I bought the new “old” camera, the 8×10 film camera, there were photos that I knew I wanted to retake with it. There is a patch of mangroves by themselves that are easily accessible on land. The first day I went out, I did actually take a couple of sheet...

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Hillsborough River State Park – Thonotosassa, Florida – Large Format Photography

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Hillsborough River State Park – Thonotosassa, Florida – Large Format Photography

Have you ever had an image of a photograph in your mind that you knew that you wanted to either take for the first time or visit again to see if the light would be better? That is what led me to this recent adventure. Many years ago, I had found HDR or high dynamic range photography. This is were one takes a series of exposures that vary the shutter speed and then they get assembled in software to capture all of the tones in the scene. That lasted for about a year. I found that “tone mapping” gave me results that were too creative for my...

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Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club – Fort Meade, Florida

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Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club – Fort Meade, Florida

As many of you know, I really enjoy photographing Americana subjects. Also, sometimes the stars align and it all goes as planned. It was a Thursday and I got an email from a friend that the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club was going and they would only be open Friday and Saturday. Then they would be shut down for nine months. I had been to this place before and it’s quite something to see some of the 1900’s technology working and still being productive. I had an appointment the following day so I asked if they wanted to go in lieu of...

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