Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beaches, Birds and Barns

Yep, March came in like a lion...and continues to show no sign of becoming a lamb (work or weather related). Since the last posting on our travels to Las Vegas for the WPPI show, I have been all over the southeast US.

We'll start in Cocoa Beach Fl and I had a real bug to get up early and get some sunrise shots at the beach, but first upon arriving in the hotel, while on the phone with my boss, this little guy was working hard on a tree outside my balcony-

 I was able to get up and get a decent sunrise. Its mornings like this I really wish I had remembered my ND filters to get a really smooth look to clouds and water... I need to get a second set to add to the other camera bags... back ups are always a good thing.

One friend told me it looked very "Bay Watch"ish... in which I pointed out the HUGE difference- theirs is a SUNSET, this is obviously a SUNRISE! 

Next was St Simons Island GA where I was able to get some sunrise shots before a workshop in Jekyll Island. These are from the St Simons Pier

Again, I am wishing for my ND filters...maybe its time to invest in a Variable ND filter! Yep, that's it, I HAVE to have one now.

From St Simons, I headed over to Jekyll Island for a Canon workshop with Parish Kohanim, a truly inspirational photographer and instructor, I HIGHLY recommend you take a workshop with him or at least go see one of his lecturers. Since I was working the workshop, I dont really try real hard to get images, since its our job to assist the attendees, but I was able to get a couple keepers...

Its hard to get a bad photo when you are working with professional models...

I was planning on going back to get some sunrise shots at Driftwood Beach, however a storm rolled in and all we had was clouds and rain in the off to the next site.

One of my accounts had scheduled a shooting event at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. We had about 30 attendees and a boat load of gear for them to try, I had the opportunity to bring a Canon EF 200-400 f4 L with me and get some shots.

The workshop was over and the staff and I were all exhausted, but we still had an hour drive back to town, so two of us decided to make a few stops along the way to see what kind of images we could get of what seemed to be hundreds of old barns and structures in eastern NC along the way.

Well that wraps up this post, its off to Vegas (again) in a week, so keep an eye out for more LightPainting.

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