Friday, September 30, 2011

Lizards Galore!

This week during my photographic journeys the lizards demanded that I work on pictures of them so I gave in. It seemed like every time I turned around there was a lizard that was willing to do interesting things for me. The first lizard that I came upon looked down at my feet to see what the noise was down below him. I also got him to look up to see what was going on above him. Most of the lizards I found where Brown Anoles. I did however find find some Green Anoles and one in particular that had morning dew on his body.

Also, while I was out and about there was one insect that caught my attention and was very camera shy. They were these good size grasshoppers. It is funny when you walk up to them they circle to the other side of the plant they are on to hide. If you relocate yourself to get a full view of them they move again. This one however decided to stretch his legs after moving and staying where he was for a while.

Green Grasshopper

Friday, September 23, 2011

From Nature Photography To Sports Photography

This previous weekend I decided to try something new and that was sports photography which is definitely a whole other beast when you get down to the nitty gritty of it. I went out to the location several days before it happened to figure out where I needed to be during certain stages of the event to set myself up and be ready to see what unfolds before me. I really enjoyed doing sports photography and will definitely look for more opportunities to do more of it. It was very interesting to see how everything transitioned from one to the other like swimming to biking and then running. I started out on the beach watching the swimmers as they came in, moved after a few to the transition area, and then to the finish line to capture the first one to finish which wasn't that easy. 

One of the contestants that caught my eye was an older gentleman who was busy in the transition area putting on his helmet. You also had people as they were running up to the transition area drinking water and relaxing for just a few seconds before going for the bicycle portion of the race. It was sorta like watching ants on an ant hill. There were people running everywhere and all doing different things. I would say the two most difficult things I experienced on this journey was dealing with the shadows mixed in with sunlight and capturing the first one to finish since he had started to go around the track again and then doubled back to go across the finish line. All in all it was a great day of photography.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Nature Meets Bicycling!

During one of the photo shoots I went out on this week I decided after seeing this brightly colored red dragonfly that I was going to hunt it down and photograph it. I swear every time I had one land near me, but not close enough for what I wanted, it would just as I got in range take off out to the middle of the water and on over to the other side. It would not simply fly away from where it was a little and come back or re-land on the same side. It was just GONE if it took off. I finally got one to let me crawl up to it every so slowly and take its photo. Without a doubt though this red dragonfly is the most skittish and hardest one I have come across to get to sit still for me.

One of the photo shoots I did yesterday was for someone who was doing a demonstration for the local DOT, on how vehicles dealt with a cyclist being on the road with them. This one stretch of road the bike lane/sidewalk just disappears in. He was doing this in order to give them ideas on how to go about moving cyclists through the intersection.This is an intersection that they just added a new crossover to keep traffic moving on through coming or going in this one direction. During all this I even found a somewhat cool photo opportunity. It was the reflection in his sunglasses that I noticed when I saw a police officer go through the intersection. In regards to the cycling conditions in that area I definitely think it needs something to be done. I was met with a cyclist who decided to use the ever so small sidewalk as I was moving into position for the photo shoot.

In order to let the cyclists through and to be nice so he didn't have to stop, I kinda crawled over the wall a little seen in this photo. Otherwise he couldn't have gone through. Also even if you keep going on that sidewalk, it as well disappears. All in all I really enjoyed trying something new with my photography skills. Feel free to check out some of the nature photos I have taken on my website by clicking on any of the photos.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Clyde Butcher Big Cypress National Preserve Labor Day Swamp Walk

Big Grasshopper Posing For Me
This last weekend I had a blast with walking through the Big Cypress National Preserve with our guide Brian Call. Saw lots of things but was limited to what I could take because of the slippery conditions and not wanting my camera to take a plunge to its watery grave. The funny thing is something caught my attention before we even got out into the water and that was this big grasshopper. What kinda cracked me up a little was that he stood perfectly still for me and when I left someone else had spotted him and came over and he apparently didn't want them to take his photo as he started climbing up the tree pretty fast. As we walked through, they told us about the environment and that the alligators stayed towards the front MOST of the time because there wasn't any food further into the swamp for them. I think I was ok with that but at the same time call me nuts because I would love to get a up close photo of an alligator.
Lazy Green Lynx Spider

Yesterday I was walking along on Yarbrough Park and came across this spider just being ever so lazy the way he was laying on this leaf. He didn't even bother to keep all of himself on the leaf. He kinda just let his legs dangle off the edges of the leaf which were quite long. The thing that got my attention about this spider was the ever so bright colors displayed. To be honest, I have never seen a spider like this before and found out that it is called a Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia Viridans). I love seeing new and amazing things to capture at places I have been to many times. Please feel free to check out the other amazing things I have come across by clicking on any of the photos and going to my photo gallery.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away Come back Another Day!

This has been one of the wettest weeks I have seen in a long time. The only place I could go unfortunately with the weather conditions was the Sanibel Causeway. I did get out during some of the days this week to see one particularly wonderful sight. One of the days I went out after work I saw a pack of dolphins playing around and having what looked like a really good time. They were doing all kinds of jumps out of the water. Sometimes they jumped out of the water and landed on their backs or headfirst into the water. The sunset was quite beautiful that day as well. The one photo I enjoyed was one of the dolphin fins in the golden water as the sun was setting. To see more of the moments I have captured click on the photo to be redirected to my website.