Another sunrise over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge

I've been wanting to shoot a sunrise at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from this vantage point.  I wasn't expecting a band of dramatic clouds high overhead, but I'm very happy they were there.  Typically I like long exposures to smooth out the surface of the water.  Here I used a fast shutter speed to capture the birds flying in the shot and retain more of the fine detail in the clouds. Sunrise_On_Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge_Over_Tampa_Bay_Florida_IMG_20130919_82.jpg

Sunrise over Tampa Bay

There's a reason why I photograph more sunsets than sunrises -- I'm not a morning person!  But today I ventured out of my comfort zone and drove to a fishing pier in the Tampa Bay area to shoot what I hoped would be a beautiful scene.  I was a little nervous about whether Mother Nature would cooperate.  Fortunately, I was rewarded, and my 5:15 am alarm time turned out to be well worth it. Beautiful_Sunrise_Over_Tampa_Bay_Florida_IMG_20130825_43.jpg

Monarch Butterfly watercolor photograph

Lately I find myself taking a more artistic turn with my photography.  I want to create photographs that look realistic and yet capture an artistic feel, not pushing the boundaries too far but moving in the direction of images that look more like paintings in some cases.  In this latest photograph, I think there's an interesting blend of the realistic (the Monarch butterfly) combined with a watercolor look to the milkweed flower and background. Almost like a watercolor photograph. Monarch_Butterfly_Feeds_On_Milkweed_Flower_In_Florida_IMG_4576.jpg



White Peacock Butterfly glows in sunlight

I went hunting a couple days ago... butterfly hunting!  I shot quite a few, but don't worry, no butterflies were actually harmed.  :)  This is a White Peacock Butterfly feeding on a milkweed flower as a touch of sunlight illuminates his wings.  It's easy to see why I love to make pictures of these wonderful little creatures. White_Peacock_Butterfly_Feeds_On_Milkweed_Flower_In_Florida_IMG_4514.jpg

Beautiful Sunset at Sanibel Island, Florida

My wonderful Father's Day weekend included making some pictures of a stunning sunset at Sanibel Island here in Florida.  I enjoyed a fun day at the beach with my wife and son on Saturday after driving 3 hours from Tampa.  They were so nice to wait patiently as the beach grew dark and the sun dipped below the horizon.  Fortunately, the skies caught fire with gorgeous shades of orange. This was my first time using a neutral density filter to make long exposures at sunset, and I'm very happy with the result.  I wish we could have stayed for a few more sunsets, but the one night we visited there was perfect.  I'm so glad we got to go on this roadtrip to the Fort Myers and Sanibel Island area.