It’s been a very cold week in central Ohio with temperatures in the teens during the day and single digits at night so I couldn’t help thinking about being some place warm like a nice beach! As I write this, it’s 16 degrees and snowing outside.
My thoughts drifted to the warmest place I’ve been recently which was Sanibel Island in Florida when Lisa and I were there on vacation back in October 2012. As I mentioned in a previous post, we had a great time in Sanibel. We were walking along the beach one evening and were treated to the beautiful sunset you see above. As we watched the sun sink below the horizon with some nice clouds hanging above the horizon we could tell that it would be a very colorful sunset. Of course, I had my camera with me just in case there was anything interesting to photograph. Fortunately, just ahead of us was a fisherman standing in the surf and beyond him two other people throwing out nets so I was able to include them in my composition. The next image was taken a few minutes later and is very similar but in this shot a very cooperative seagull landed not too far in front of me and positioned itself nicely so I could include it. Believe it or not, both of these images were taken hand held!! Without today’s low noise, high ISO capable camera sensors and image stabilized lens technology it would not have been possible to capture sharp images like these, hand held in such low light. Both images were captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS (image stabilized) L lens. Camera settings for the first image were 1/80 sec at f/11, focal length 75mm, ISO 1600, and 1/50 sec at f/11, focal length 75mm, ISO 1600 for the second image.
Just looking at these images again make me feel nice and warm…..no doubt the cup of hot tea I’m drinking right now probably helps too!
You can see more of my photography of Sanibel Island in my Sanibel Captiva Island gallery here.
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