Image: Braden Castle Pier, Bradenton, Florida. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 26 mm, f/16, 13 sec, ISO 100, on tripod
I had my first break since the beginning of this adventure in May and visited my friends Leslie and Albert in Sarasota, Florida, about a two hour drive west of Artie’s house. I had met them last year while I was a volunteer photoguide for Arizona Highways Photoscapes. We had hit it off immediately and kept in touch. Leslie generously came to pick me up Sunday afternoon and we made the drive across central Florida to the beautiful west coast! Despite some fatigue, we headed out that evening to start a couple days of some landscape photography.
Image: Ringling Bridge, Sarasota , Florida. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 28 mm, f/16, 30 sec, ISO 100, on tripod
They took me to Sarasota’s marina to capture the colorful sunset. The sun wasn’t in the ideal place at this time of year for sunburst photography, but I still had fun getting back into landscape photography, the first type of photography had I learned. I enjoyed photographing the boats but had to balance keeping the boats in focus versus getting the nice blur of the water with the longer exposures.
Image: Sarasota marina, Florida. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 24 mm, f/11, 5 sec, ISO 1600, on tripod
We did a few shots of the city and the yachts during blue hour, the period of time during civil and nautical twilight when the light appears blue, well after the sun has set. The city was still full of activity despite it being late on a Sunday evening around 8:00-9:30pm.
Image: Sarasota marina, Florida. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 24 mm, f/8, 30 sec, ISO 100, on tripod
We got up early the next morning to capture sunrise at Braden Castle Pier, and while the clouds were sparse, a few of them lit up just before the sun crossed the horizon.
Image: Braden Castle Pier, Bradenton, Florida. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 36 mm, f/18, 0.6 sec, ISO 100, on tripod
I played with various angles of photographing the pier and went for the iconic shot as well.
Image: Braden Castle Pier, Bradenton, Florida. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 35 mm, f/22, 0.6 sec, ISO 100, on tripod
We will explore a couple more places before I head back to central Florida tomorrow to get organized for the next trip to Memphis, Tennessee. We will be there for a couple days at the beginning of August for a photo conference. If you are in the area, please check out the conference and come say “Hi!”