Fort Desoto

My friends’s and I enjoyed a relaxing day on Fort Desoto beach. 

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It is another beach in Florida that strays away from the typical “post card” scene you normally see. 

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I love all the details that help this beach stand out from the vacant nothingness of the more touristy spots. 

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It seems weird, to me, to have trees and stumps on a beach. 

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No life guard on duty. 

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I really didn’t run into any photography challenges (that I realize, yet.) Luckily, there was plenty of bright light.  

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However, I did finally get a monthly subscription to Photoshop and Lightroom. 

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So, these photos are my first attempt at editing. I knew the learning curve was step, but, whoa. I’m going to be purchasing a guide soon. Some people have suggested books by Scott Kelby. These look pretty promising. The next step in my adventure. 🙂

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Till then my eye is completely untrained. So, I apologize if it’s obscenely obvious how edited these are. I have heard differing opinions on Photoshop. So, maybe it is just personal preference? 

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I was pretty fond of this guy.

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This stick was very interesting. Beautiful, even.

I used the stick as a subject for a while. I received many weird looks. 

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This guy, again. 

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With school starting again, it is hard to get out and shoot like I want to. This trip was definitely well worth the drive. 

New Camera!

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After the longest two days of my life (gotta love Amazon prime shipping), I finally received my camera! I was very excited to unbox all the little goodies that came with it. I opted for a refurbished Nikon D5200. It did come with the normal 90 day warrnety from Nikon. So, hopefully, I get the most out of this camera. I have read really good reviews about Nikon’s refurbished products, but I will keep everyone posted about this.

It has been years since I have had the chance to play with a DSLR camera. So, I had almost no idea where to start after unboxing my new one. After charging the battery and reading the manual, I decided to play around with depth of field then try my luck outside. The rain made it an exceptionally gloomy day, even for Florida. But, I had a good first run, and the camera itself seems sound. Now I just have to account for user error and keep shooting. My next purchase will be a tripod so that I can try my hand at landscapes. There are a few spots in the area I’m very excited to explore.

Thank you 🙂