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. 

Chasing the Wildlife

Normally, I shoot in aperture priority mode. However, I really wanted to capture a little movement without the blur. So, I put my camera on manual and set out again.

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I really need to get out more. These are the result of yet another outing in the apartment complex. This time I wanted to focus on some of the wildlife around the lake.

This was before I switched my camera to AF-C. Results were a little blurry.

This was before I switched my camera to AF-C. Results were a little blurry.

So far, I have had trouble catching action shots and maintaining a crystal clear focus. After reading a few things online, I found a couple tips that helped me along the way.

I wanted to practice quick shots while maintaining clear focused, photos.

I wanted to practice quick shots, while maintaining clear, focused photos.

I was pretty happy with a lot of the shots. I’m finally starting to gain confidence behind the camera. There have been a few times during my shoots, usually on the days above ninety-eight degrees, where I would rather just whip out my camera phone and be done with it.

He stood still for about twenty seconds.

He stood still for about twenty seconds.

I’m glad that I have kept trying.

I had to be quick but I loved the practice.

I had to be quick but I loved the practice.

Because finally, after sweating and getting eaten alive by bugs, I got a shot I could be proud of.

Movement stopped in not-so-blurry time.

Movement stopped in not-so-blurry time.

The next little project wasn’t as easy. I noticed a squirrel in a tree. Well, less “noticed” and more “got screamed at by” a squirrel in a tree. He was making so much noise I felt like it was an invitation to take a couple pictures. The sun was setting by this point. So, my light source, and knowledge on how to adapt to the situation, were failing.

He was building a nest and refusing to sit still.

He was building a nest and refusing to sit still.

I just felt like this was pretty sitting beside the water.

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This little thing flew by when I was on the ground trying to make this shell look as pretty on the screen as it did in real life.

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What kind of bug is this?

Before my camera battery died, I was able to snag this shot. This is the second time I have been left with a dead battery while out shooting. If anyone has any recommendations of off brand batteries that are reliable, I’d love to hear about them. I was looking into buying a couple of the Nikon brand ones for spares. But, I was unsure if there may be a cheaper option or if going with the Nikon ones are my best bet. Any suggestions?

This was taken from the little beach by the lake. Sometimes you just have to look up to make life more interesting.

This was taken from the little bench by the lake. Sometimes you just have to look up to make life a little more interesting.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

Crystal River

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Of course the day ended with a little Florida rain.

These are from a trip I took with my best friend and some of her coworkers to Crystal River, Florida. We rented a boat and some snorkel gear, grabbed a cooler, and set off for a small day adventure into clear glistening, sixty-degree water. Although we only saw one manatee, which I did not get a picture of, it was still a very beautiful trip.