Swamp

Nikon D7500, Nikon 18.0-140.0mm @18mm, 1/80 sec., f/4.5, ISO 400

Yes, it has been a while since I posted and I am finally getting around to looking at some photographs I recently took. The one above is a pond/swamp in Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island in Florida. This was taken while we were hiking the Willow Pond Nature Trail. Although we didn’t see any alligators here, we did see one later as we got closer to the end. At first, it looked like a log, but looking closer, it was an alligator.

Marsh Lands

Nikon D7500, Nikon 18.0-140.0mm @56mm, 1/250 sec., f/10, ISO 200

Saw this group of trees in the Hunting Island State Park, SC a few weeks ago. Kept looking for a position where I could get a nice foreground leading to the trees and still capture the opening in the clouds. I wasn’t able to get the opening where I want it, but I liked the water that seems to lead you to trees. The image was taken in the evening and I was facing east.

A Tree

Nikon D7500, Nikon 16.0-80.0mm @32mm, 1/2000 sec., f/3.5, ISO 100

Took this while walking the dog at one of the local parks. There are numerous trees in this open space and I liked the way this one was lit on one side. It is still winter here and the grass has not yet turned green, but the trees in the background and the clouds in the sky add to the feeling on a cool winter day.

Frozen

Nikon D7500, 100mm-400mm @100mm, 1/2000 sec., f/8.0, ISO 400

Finally got out to take some photographs this past week. Saw this scene and thought it may be an okay shot. I’ve taken others of the same area during fall and summer and from a different position. Wish I had taken the time to move about and try another perspective. Well there is still some winter left, might get another shot.

Local Watershed

Nikon D7500, 18-140mm @95mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.3, ISO 200

Got a chance to take a hike in one of our local watersheds this past week. I took our new dog with me to see how well he would behave and if I could actually take pictures with him along. He behaved well and looks like I have a new hiking partner. Too bad I couldn’t find much to photograph though. I did like this scene though. The group of trees in the center and the last remnants of fall clinging to the trees.

Park Scene

Nikon D7500, 100-400mm @100mm, 1/400 sec., f/5.6, ISO 250

Taken at a local park where I live. Initially I just passed on this photograph, but after looking at it some more I decided to see what I could do with it. So after some minor adjustments (exposure, crop, deletions), I came up with this. I like that the front of the photograph is in focus and that the rear is out of focus. I think the center plant moves you through the seen and the lack of focus in the back creates depth and curiosity about where the path leads. But I do find the tangle of branches in the lower right and the branches and leaves in the top right to be distractions.

White Flowers

Nikon D7500, 18.0-140.0mm @140.00mm, 1/500 sec., f/9.0, ISO 250

Had hoped to post something newer this week. I got some new photographs that I took this past week, but have not gotten a chance to look at them. So decided to use this one from September. Not a flower person so not sure what type of flowers they are, but as it was almost fall and these were still in bloom I couldn’t resist taking a shot.

Ferry Landing

Nikon D7500, 18.0-140.0mm @140.0mm, 1/640 sec., f/8.0, ISO 200

My family and I spent Thanksgiving Week at Ocean City, MD. While there we went out to Assateague Island National Seashore, where we hiked some of the shorter trails. Above is a photograph of the building at Ferry Landing taken from the “Life of the Forest” boardwalk. Would have prefered a different sky, but still like that I captured the reflection in the marsh pool.

Lands Run Falls

Nikon D60, 18.0-140.0mm @30.0mm, 1/100 sec., f/5.0, ISO 400

A week ago my family took a vacation to the Shenandoah NP region of Virginia. Spent much of the week hiking and driving along Skyline Drive. One of the hikes we took was to Lands Run Falls which is where I took this photograph. In addition on Friday morning while drinking my coffee on the deck of our rental, I saw this bear walking across the back lot. This was the second bear I saw, the first was crossing Skyline Drive, he was about 60 ft. away.

Black Bear