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

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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,

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.