A Change of Scenes-Off to Sarasota

Braden Castle Pier July 16 2547

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. 

Sarasota Ringling bridge July 15 2508

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.

Sarasota marina July 15 2494

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.

Sarasota marina July 15 2512

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.

Braden Castle Pier July 16 2590

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.

Braden Castle Pier July 16 2598

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!”

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Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny is a physical therapist, marathon/ultra runner and nature photographer. She treats patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in chronic pain and calming an overactive nervous system using special diaphragmatic breathing. She has used this technique to help her qualify and run in four Boston marathons! She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found running and hiking on trails in throughout Arizona. She attempts to capture the beauty of nature with her photography both locally in Arizona and also throughout the United States. She is becoming more interested in wildlife photography and attempting to capture the emotion of animal interactions. In her spare time, Amy volunteers as a photo guide for the Arizona Highways PhotoScapes nonprofit and shares her joy of nature with others. Please feel free to contact her regarding her photography, physical therapy or running.

13 thoughts on “A Change of Scenes-Off to Sarasota”

  1. Beautiful collection of where we call home! It’s been such a pleasure having you here Amy, and showing you a few of our favorite spots! Hope you can stay a bit longer next time 🙂

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  2. Loving the landscape photography! I was going to tell you my favorite photo from this post, but I couldn’t pick just one. It’s like I’m at a store, looking through a calendar of beautiful photography. You’re so talented!

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    1. Aww. Thanks Angela! I love doing landscapes too because I can relax a little bit more and plan them out a little more than what I can do with wildlife. The variety is good to have. 🙂

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