Merritt Island

Florida Photo Caravan 4th and 5th Shoots: Merritt Island

© Rick Sammon
It's day two of my Florida Photo Caravan and all the workshop participants continue to explore the light.

This afternoon we shot at Merritt Island. Talk about great sunsets. I used my Canon 7D and my Canon 100-400mm IS lens for both of these sunset shots.

© Rick Sammon
Sunset Tips:
– Place the  sun off center.
– Pray for clouds.
– Underexpose a bit to prevent the sun from being overexposed.
– Pray for clouds. :-)
– If possible, place the sun behind an object: tree, clouds, fence, person, and so on.
– Use a low ISO to get the cleanest possible picture.
– Remove all filters when shooting into the sun to avoid ghost images.

© Rick Sammon
I also used my 100-400mm IS lens for all my birds shots, too. More to come. Gotta finishing downloading and getting ready for tomorrow.

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© Rick Sammon. Talk about the "S" curve in nature.
Scroll down to see previous posts from my Florida Photo Caravan. I hope you can join me on a workshop in 2012. Shoot me an email for info.

© Rick Sammon. A min-blast off at Merritt Island. How cool.
Explore the light,
Rick


We're just back from our 5th shoot: Merritt Island in the AM. This morning we focused on BIF shots - Birds in Flight. For shot like this, use a shutter speed of 1/1000th second or higher.

Florida Photo Caravan: Merritt Island – 5th Shoot

Photograph Rick Sammon
Today, only the second full day of my Florida Photo Caravan workshop, brought our dynamic workshop group to Merritt Island. No rest for the weary. We hit the ground running, heading off to take scenic and bird pictures. As you can see from this post, reflections were the name of the game.

Photographs by Rick Sammon

Photographs by Rick Sammon
Special thanks to Reinier Manguia for guiding the workshop participants (and me) on our photo quest . . .  and for giving us a knockout presentation after a fantastic seafood dinner. 

Tip: When shooting into the sun, remove all filters to avoid ghost images of the sun in the shot. In Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture, use Vibrance to saturate the colors in an image that are not already saturated.


For the wide-angle shots you see here, I used my Canon 17-40mm lens on my Canon 5D Mark II. For the telephoto shots, I used my Canon 100-400mm IS lens on my Canon 7D.

Stay tuned for more images from the photo caravan. Delray Beach and South Beach to come.

See below. These images just in!

Photograph by Glenn Taylor

Photograph by Glenn Taylor
Photograph by Tom Baker
Photograph by Glenn Taylor
Photograph by Tom Baker
Photograph by Tom Baker
 
Photograph by John Davis
Photograph by Donnette Largay

Photograph by Claudia Cohen
Photograph by Rona Zevinsiding
Photography by Byron West

Photograph by Byron West

Joe Barranco

John Davis
John Trottnow
Photograph by Donnette Largay
Photograph by John Trottnow
Photograph by Byron West
Photograph Diane Darnielle
Byron West


Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. Seeing the light - and properly exposing for the light - is one of the keys to a good image. For more on light, see my book: