I am now in Trail with SmugMug and I think I may go with them so I can have my own website once again. I like it so far. I'll decide in the next few days.
Any SmugMug users out there with pros & cons?
I was lucky enough to be photographing along side of Award winning photographer Mark Sisson and his posse visiting Florida from the U.K. when I took this image of a Black Skimmer in flight. It is now my second favorite Black Skimmer image!
Check out Mark's site here: http://www.marksissonphoto.co.uk/
It is that time of the year again and I am already having a BLAST shooting the Black Skimmers.
As I sit and the beach empties of its bathers and I have the sun setting behind me I can't help but feel at peace while photographing these amazing beauties.
I had the true pleasure of shooting a Black Skimmer nesting colony for three afternoons and here is a day old chick at the nest with a parent who is still on three eggs.
I found a Snowy Plover nest over in Estero, Florida that I was lucky enough to photograph. Sadly, I learned that only a few days later it vanished overnight.
Happy Mothers Day - A day late but I still get to shout it out to all mothers.
Here is a Mother Osprey in the nest with her young chick. Notice the eyes color on the chick! It will change to yellow as the chick grows older.
I see these birds everyday and yet I have so few images of them.
In the right light they are actaully a cool looking bird!
Two post in two days............ Yep.
I had to share this image I captured today of an amazing duck called the American Widgeon. He is just so fun to look at and watch.
I photographed this Osprey at Blue cypress Lake in Vero Beach, Florida.
I went out on a pontoon boat and photographed dozens of Ospreys that nest in the low lying Cypress tress along the lake's edge.
Marbled Godwit 4089
I am going through my old files and re-working some of my favorite images for my new website that will launch by early spring and I am having a blast!
I am now much better at optimizing my images in photoshop, no trickery, just fine tuning and then presenting them in a bigger format then on my old website. http://www.floridanaturephotography.net/
This is one of my earliest digital files and one of my favotites!
Time to stop here.........gotta get back to my older stuff & CS5.
The Black Skimmers are back in Pompano beach, Florida and I take full advantage of shooting them in the evening when the sun is low and the light is golden.
A storm is on the horizon and it could mean a total re-do of my website so it looks professional and I can fool the masses.... moohaha (evil laugh)
A beautiful morning here in South Florida on the day before Thanksgiving and I realize I have so much to be thankful for on every level. I vow to remember that the next time I get bent by a rude driver or person.
Sometimes the action happens in your own backyard!
The already endangered Snowy Plover faces an even bigger threat with the Gulf Coast Oil Spill that now threatens their already limited and fragile breeding grounds.
So I bought a new "Super Computer" to keep up with my large files since all my cameras are high mega -pixel monsters and with the new computer I decided to go through my archives and I found a few goodies! here is one of them. It was a day I'll not soon forget as this is a scene that is just too special to put into words.
So I made it to my first Space Shuttle launch even though I am born & raised in Florida and I must say "OMG - why have I not done this before?"
Here is my Shuttle image.
I have the pure joy of shooting a Swallow Tailed Kite nesting area and the thrill of just viewing them in flight breath taking enough but to walk away with high quality images too!! Too much.
I love photographing Black Skimmers and it look slike they like performing for me as well!
This beautiful Black Skimmer was captured in flight over the Atlantic Ocean along the coastal shoreline in Pompano Beach Florida.
To witness these great beast in full combat is as close as we can come to witness what it could possibly have been like to watch dinosaurs battle!
I found this Reddish Egret in Ft. Desoto Park near St. Petersburgh, FL and he danced around looking for small fish to consume.
I am pretty sure he worked it a little harder as he knew I was photographing him..... :-)
Sometimes I play a game to beat the Photoshop blahs.....
What I do is move the cursor up & down the line of folders
and without looking I try to open a folder, after several misses
I usually get one open and after that I randomly double click any file.
I then treat that image as if it were the only image of it's kind.....I have to work it and make it work.
Sometimes it is fun and sometimes I wonder why the heck I saved that lame image in the first place!
Today while playing my game I popped open the above image of a Roseate Spoonbill and my jaw dropped.... it was full frame and razor sharp and it was hidden away trying its best to avoid me but I found it and now I am showing it to.............who ? You !
OK... I am bored again.
Yes, it is true. I have updated my website yet again.
Check it out !
FloridaNaturePhotography.Net April Updates
Cattle Egret Mated Pair on Nest
Snowy Egret in Fll Breeding Plumage performing Courtship Dance.