Winter in Florida 2013

Winter in Florida 2013

Florida is unique, unlike anywhere else in the country.  This winter in Florida 2013 has brought warm weather in the 70′s and 80′s while the rest of the country has been a freezing temperatures, snow storms, etc.  BTW, what is snow?  My oldest saw it for the first time last year and my youngest has not ever seen it.  So this is how Steve Huskisson Photography is spending Winter in Florida 2013.

Lake Okeechobee, sunset

Sunset over Lake Okeechobee – Port Mayaca, Florida

Jupiter inlet, predawn, sunrise, jupiter lighthouse

Jupiter Inlet and Jupiter Lighthouse during predawn morning hours – Jupiter, Florida

Jupiter inlet, sunrise

Jupiter Inlet sunrise – Jupiter, Florida

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Riverbend Park at sunset in Jupiter, Florida

Riverbend Park, Jupiter Florida, sunset, lake

Riverbend Park Lake at Sunset – Jupiter, Florida

Cocoa Beach Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida

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Juno Beach Pier Sunrise – Juno Beach, Florida

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Jupiter Lighthouse decorated for the holidays – Jupiter, Florida

From all of us at Steve Huskisson Photography – Steve, Mary, Steven, Colton, Maggie, Daisy, Lucy and Harvey – Happy Holidays and may you have a blessed and wonderful New Year!

To see more December 2013 photos,  visit my Facebook Page.

The photos above were three exposures at -2,0,+2 and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro for HDR.  The tone mapped image was brought into Adobe Lightroom for some color balancing and lighting adjustments.  That image was imported into Adobe Photoshop where adjustments were made to the curves and levels.  Finally, adding some sharpening to keep points of the photo.

These photos are available in print on various media (paper, canvas, thin wrap and metal – ready to hang!)  It is also available as a personal download for computers, tablets and phones or commercial digital download for print, etc.   To purchase a print or digital download, visit the gallery on the website.

Steve Huskisson Photography Black Friday Sale

Steve Huskisson Photography Black Friday Sale

Juno Beach Pier

Early Morning – Juno Beach, Florida

Are you one of those that hates to wake up to Black Friday sales and fight the traffic and crowds?  Do you dread standing in line for that great deal only to find out the store had 10 pieces to sell?  Steve Huskisson Photography Black Friday Sale is a great way to sleep in and get that perfect gift for your family and friends!  From November 25th – December 24th, 2013 you can take 20% off your order during the Steve Huskisson Photography Black Friday Sale.

This includes prints (even on metal that is ready to hang) and digital downloads, including commercial digital downloads!  During your order process you will see approximate shipping times to get your item before Christmas.

COUPON CODE – shphoto

So how do you get the goods?

One comment that I get is that it is a bit confusing during the ordering process.  Navigating, selecting your prints, etc.  So a bit of big news and I’ll write about this again in a future blog!

Steve Huskisson Photography website has been upgraded!!!

What does this mean for you?  A cleaner looking page that is hopefully easier to navigate and purchase your prints or digital downloads.

The new Steve Huskisson Photography has sublinks to the Portfolio link.  This is where you see our pictures!

The new Steve Huskisson Photography has sublinks to the Portfolio link. This is where you see our pictures!

This is the main page of Steve Huskisson Photography.  A new feature here is the sublink to the Portfolio.  To view our images, drag your mouse over Portfolio and the sublinks of Landscape, Vehicles, and Interior/Exteriors pops up!  Click on Landscape for example and you will get the screen below!

This is where you see the different galleries in the appropriate category selected.

This is where you see the different galleries in the appropriate category selected.

If you’ve clicked on Landscapes from the sublink drop down from Portfolio, this is the screen you will see next.  Since you selected Landscapes, you now can choose between sunrise, sunset, etc.  By clicking on a gallery, you will see that gallery with all the images and a chance to purchase any you wish as seen below!

This is where you view all the images in a selected gallery and can purchase your print!

This is where you view all the images in a selected gallery and can purchase your print!

Once you are in the gallery you wish to view, you will see all the images available on the left hand side as thumbnails.  Clicking any one of these images will enlarge it on the right side!  At the bottom of the thumbnails (not shown) is the option to scroll through pages of thumbnails and more images in that gallery!

Now the fun part!  When you have clicked on the thumbnail preview on the left side of the page, you get the large image to view.  At the top right of that large image is a “ADD TO CART” button.  This is new to our website.  Before it was a tiny “buy photo” button and I am glad that is gone!  If you have found the image or images you wish to purchase, click add to cart and you will be presented with the screen below.  Don’t worry, you can always click on the shopping cart button anywhere on the website to make changes.

 

This is where you add prints to your shopping cart.

This is where you add prints to your shopping cart.

The page above is what you see after you add a image to your shopping cart by clicking “add to cart” button.  This may be a little confusing, but it’s really not too bad and pretty easy to navigate.  There are three tabs above that say “Prints / Merchandise / Downloads.  Click whichever you need!  If your looking for a print to purchase, maybe even add a frame, this is where you want to be.  The Print tab lets you select from the styles of prints in various sizes, mediums and styles such as paper, canvas, thin wraps and our best seller, metal prints.  You will see all the sizes available and finish.  Some of our images are available on merchandise such as coasters, playing cards, aprons, etc.  If you don’t see your favorite image available on merchandise, let us know and we will add it!  The last tab, “Downloads” is where you can purchase a personal license digital download for your cell phone, tablet or computer background.   If you are interested in images for your business, printed literature, advertising, etc. then a commercial license digital download is needed.

IF a image needs cropping to fit the size you need, it will say “Needs cropping in check out” and you will be able to do this shortly from the shopping cart.  If it does not say needs cropping in check out, then your all set!  The aspect ratio of the image is the full image for the size you’ve selected!

One often missed feature on this page is actually selecting the number of prints!

Next to each print size/finish to the right is two arrows with a number in the middle.  This number is 0 when you start out, because you haven’t picked what you want yet!  Use the right arrow to pick the quantity that you want.  For example, highlighted in blue on the picture above, I’ve selected 1 print at 16×24″ glossy finish on paper (standard print).  This particular size does not need any cropping, so the full image will be seen on the print.  If you are done selecting your quantity, you can now click the Checkout button to get to the series of check out screens like the next one below!

This is where you crop photos if needed or add frames, etc. to your order.

This is where you crop photos if needed or add frames, etc. to your order.

So you have selected your print that you want and arrived at this screen.  IF your image needed cropping for a specific size print you’ve selected, this is where you would do that.  In the example above, the size I selected did not need any cropping, so the image is already at full size on this print.  If you want your printed matted or framed, the highlighted button above is what you would click to purchase those separately from our website.  The shipping times are displayed on this screen as well.  The next screen (not pictured) is your shipping info and options screen.  It’s really self explanatory.  Below is the payment info screen and a place where you can enter a coupon code if one is currently available for discounts!

This is where you can enter a coupon or payment.

This is where you can enter a coupon or payment.

Your almost done ordering your print!  If you have a coupon code, this is where you enter it!  Coupon codes for Steve Huskisson Photography website are generally percentage off.  They do not include extras such as frames or shipping.  This is the actual print or digital download.  The rest of the needed information is self explanatory and in no time at all you’ll have your new Steve Huskisson print to cherish!

If you missed it above, the Steve Huskisson Photography Black Friday Sale coupon code is shphoto

Have a wonderful holiday season from all of us at Steve Huskisson Photography!

 

 

 

Stuart, Florida Sunsets

Stuart, Florida Sunsets.  It’s Really Not That Far…..

Stuart, Florida is about 20 miles north of me and they have some great sunsets.  One of my favorite spots is along the St. Lucie River near the Sunset Bay Marina, Sailor’s Return Restaurant and Roosevelt Bridge.  I normally get out for more sunrise shots than I do sunsets.  When I get up early in the morning, the kids are still asleep.  When I do go out for a sunset shoot, it’s usually closer to home.  I guess that is because I want to see the kids after their day at school and actually sit and have dinner with the family.

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Stuart, Florida Sunset from the Roosevelt Bridge

Last Thursday, I took a ride up to Stuart, Florida for the sunset.  Although it was cloudy, I was still fortunate to have the sun peek through the clouds enough to give me some gorgeous color to work with for some HDR photography.  I started out on top of the Roosevelt Bridge (above picture), thanks to a phone call from a friend who photographs trains.  He was down in Hobe Sound getting pictures of the locomotive as it past and simultaneously giving me updates on how much time I had to get set up.  Within 20 minutes, the FEC (Florida East Coast Railroad) train passed by and I was ready.

After the FEC train passed, I headed down the bridge to the Sunset Bay Marina and Sailor’s Return Restaurant for more pictures.  I worked my way along the docks and buildings trying to get some good perspectives before I lost the colors.

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Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart, Florida

So if your in Stuart, Florida during a sunset, be sure to stop by one of these locations and enjoy the scenery!

To see more of my photo shoot of this Stuart, Florida sunset, visit my Facebook Page.

The photos above were three exposures at -2,0,+2 and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro for HDR.  The tone mapped image was brought into Adobe Lightroom for some color balancing and lighting adjustments.  That image was imported into Adobe Photoshop where adjustments were made to the curves and levels.  Finally, adding some sharpening to keep points of the photo.

These photos are available in print on various media (paper, canvas, thin wrap and metal – ready to hang!)  It is also available as a personal download for computers, tablets and phones or commercial digital download for print, etc.   To purchase a print or digital download, visit the gallery on the website.

Steve Huskisson Photography on Social Media

Steve Huskisson Photography on Social Media

I’ve been slowly promoting Steve Huskisson Photography on social media.  It is a daunting task  working full time as a police officer, spending time with my family & friends, and taking pictures.  I try to keep Steve Huskisson photography on social media current and updated.  Of course, your shares, likes, comments, etc. all help and I thank  you!

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Sunrise over Juno Beach, Florida

As always, you can find my social media links on the right side of any of my blog postings.  Just click the button to the social media page you wish to visit and that’s it!  You can also find my social media pages from my website at the bottom left of my page.  However, to help make it easy, here are some of my more active pages regarding Steve Huskisson Photography on social media.

Facebook – Personal Page (feel free to add me as a friend or follow)

Facebook – Business Page (this is the page you can click “Like”)

Instagram

Twitter

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Flickr

Pinterest

Add me, follow me, click me, etc.  I’ll follow back and I look forward to keeping up with Steve Huskisson Photography on social media!

 

Juno Beach Pier at sunrise along Juno Beach, Florida

Calm Shores – Juno Beach, Florida

The photos above were three exposures at -2,0,+2 and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro for HDR.  The tone mapped image was brought into Adobe Lightroom for some color balancing and lighting adjustments.  That image was imported into Adobe Photoshop where adjustments were made to the curves and levels.  Finally, adding some sharpening to keep points of the photo.

This photo is available in print on various media (paper, canvas, thin wrap and metal – ready to hang!)  It is also available as a personal download for computers, tablets and phones or commercial digital download for print, etc.   To purchase a print or digital download, visit the gallery on the website.

 

Juno Beach Sunset

Juno Beach Sunset From Juno Beach Pier

Juno Beach, Florida is not just great for sunrise photography.  It’s also great for sunset photography as well!  Friday evening at the Juno Beach Pier was one of those evenings.  The sunset from Juno Beach Pier was spectacular.  I decided to photograph the sunset on the pier itself.  It gave me a chance to use leading lines from a elevated position.  With the end of turtle nesting season, the Juno Beach Pier is open until midnight.  So stop by for some Juno Beach sunset photography some time!

Juno Beach Sunset from Juno Beach Pier

Juno Beach Pier at Sunset

 

The photo above was three exposures at -2,0,+2 and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro for HDR.  The tone mapped image was brought into Adobe Lightroom for some color balancing and lighting adjustments.  That image was imported into Adobe Photoshop where adjustments were made to the curves and levels.  Finally, adding some sharpening to keep points of the photo.

This photo is available in print on various media (paper, canvas, thin wrap and metal – ready to hang!)  It is also available as a personal download for computers, tablets and phones or commercial digital download for print, etc.   To purchase a print or digital download, click the link below and above the photograph on the right is a “buy” button to add the photograph to your cart.  From there, you can pick was size print and the medium you wish.

Juno Beach Pier at Sunset

If you haven’t already, please visit my Facebook page where you can find many more of my photographs at sunrise from the Juno Beach Pier.

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Juno Beach Fishing Pier Sunrise

Juno Beach Fishing Pier Sunrise

I am fortunate to live about 15 minutes from one of my favorite places to photograph at sunrise.  The Juno Beach Fishing Pier in Juno Beach, Florida!  Juno Beach Fishing Pier is also one of my favorite places to fish as well.  Every morning photographers from all over show up to photograph the sunrise , waves and beach.

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Juno Beach Fishing Pier at sunrise

On this particular morning, the sunrise was spectacular as it rose above the horizon.  A storm brewing to the south was competing with the golden skies to the north of sunrise.  I took over 200 photographs on this particular morning in hopes of capturing the dramatic seascape and sky in HDR (high dynamic range).

The photo above was three exposures at -2,0,+2 and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro for HDR.  The tone mapped image was brought into Adobe Lightroom for some color balancing and lighting adjustments.  That image was imported into Adobe Photoshop where adjustments were made to the curves and levels.  Finally, adding some sharpening to keep points of the photo.

This photo is available in print on various media (paper, canvas, thin wrap and metal – ready to hang!)  It is also available as a personal download for computers, tablets and phones or commercial digital download for print, etc.   To purchase a print or digital download, click the link below and above the photograph on the right is a “buy” button to add the photograph to your cart.  From there, you can pick was size print and the medium you wish.

Juno Beach Fishing Pier at Sunrise

If you haven’t already, please visit my Facebook page where you can find many more of my photographs at sunrise from the Juno Beach Pier.

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Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier Sunrise

Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier at Sunrise

Cocoa Beach, Florida is a wonderful place to visit and the Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier during sunrise at low tide provided a excellent opportunity for me.  The sunrise was a bit hazy, but Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier is a icon.  Low tide provided just enough standing water to allow for the reflection to just beam back up.

Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier at Sunrise

We visited my brother in law and his family in Melbourne, Florida this past weekend for my niece’s birthday.  We were scheduled to come back home Sunday morning, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to shoot a sunrise at the pier.  I arrived just before sunrise and got some blue hour shots, just before the sun came up.

The photo above was three exposures at -2,0,+2 and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro for HDR.  The tone mapped image was brought into Adobe Lightroom for some color balancing and lighting adjustments.  That image was imported into Adobe Photoshop where adjustments were made to the curves and levels.  Finally, adding some sharpening to keep points of the photo.

This photo is available in print on various media (paper, canvas, thin wrap and metal – ready to hang!)  It is also available as a personal download for computers, tablets and phones or commercial digital download for print, etc.   To purchase a print or digital download, click the link below and above the photograph on the right is a “buy” button to add the photograph to your cart.  From there, you can pick was size print and the medium you wish.

Cocoa Beach Fishing Pier at Sunrise

So who is Steve Huskisson?  Find out from a earlier blog I did.

 

 

Hang 20

Hang 20 during the dog days of summer!

 

“I don’t know sir, it’s pretty hairy in there, it’s Charlie’s point.”
“CHARLIE DON’T SURF!”

As a kid, I remember this line from Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 hit, “Apocalypse Now.” We had a dog Charlie and I thought with my vivid imagination, what if Charlie could hang 20 and surf?

Fast forward 34 years and here I am, standing on the beach watching and photographing dogs surfing! Ocean Magic Surf Shop and Big Dog Ranch Rescue teamed up to put together the 1st Annual Tailwagging Surf Competition last weekend along “Dog Beach” in Jupiter, Florida.

Watching the four paw K9 companions riding on surf boards that would even make Kelly Slater grip his board tighter, made for a great day. The event also helped raise awareness and money to support Big Dog Rescue Ranch and the wonderful things they do for our best friends! Local Meteorologist Kait Parker from WPTV brought “Gator” to surf the medium dog category.

For myself, I brought my two sons and one of our dogs, Lucy Bear. Lucy Bear is a Pekingese, who loves to surf and skimboard. She didn’t enter the contest this year, but she did make the local news later that night skimming across the beach. So enjoy the photos and captions from this wonderful event that will surely be even larger next year! So until then, high five and hang 20!

I can be found on Facebook as Steve Huskisson

FB Lucy II Surfing

Three different sets for three different sizes. Small, medium and large breed dogs. Above, Lucy takes a wave for her ride in, spinning the board 180 degrees while staying on at the end of her run! That earned her a spot in top small breed!

FB Prepping for a Wave
There was quite a bit of prep work getting the dogs ready for the waves. You didn’t think they just dog paddled out on their boards did you? Volunteers from Ocean Magic Surf Shop and the dog owners helped get their dogs stoked. Here, Attie is getting ready to take on the surf in the medium dog category.

FB Rosie Shake Cole Hand

Wasn’t all surfing. My nine year old son made friends with Rosie, a Rottweiler who loved showing off her tricks!

FB Gator Ride

Local Meteorologist, Kait Parker’s dog “Gator” getting ready to ride a wave in with help from volunteer Mike Russo.

FB Going for It

Attie getting ready to bail as the nose of the surfboard digs under the water. But she held on like a champion and rightfully so!

FB Lucy II Bail

FB Lucy II First Place

This little lady pictured above, had to take her leap. While graciously doing so, she still captured first in the small dog category.

FB Encouragement on the Ride

Volunteer Corey Surette takes a little guy out for a ride.

FB Lucy Bear Booker Board

Our dog Lucy Bear decided to photo bomb East Coast dog surfing champ Booker D. Surfdog‘s board. She loves to pose for people, but also loves the water just as much. She simply wanted someone to take her out to the waves!

FB Booker D Surfdog Ride

Booker D. Surfdog showing why he is number one on the east coast!

FB Onyx Catching Wave

Onyx took number one at this event for large dog category. Definitely a pro!

FB Onyx Bail

But even the pros have to bail sometimes!

FB Waiting

Nina Raflowitz takes Moe out for some waves.

FB Kait and Gator

WPTV Meteorologist Kait Parker poses with Gator after his set on the waves. Gator is available for adoption at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Hooray to Kait’s support and bringing Gator out for some fun in the sun!

FB Molly Riding

Tiki catching his wave!

FB Scuba Jax

FB Oh Yeah

FB Dog Costume Winners

After the surfing, there was a dog costume contest. There were some really great costumes and classy dogs! Congrats to the winners, pictured above!

FB Medium Dogs 1st Place

Can you tell this young lady is thrilled with her dog Attie? Or how about Attie’s smile? Attie took first place in the medium category for her work on the waves!

FB Onyx 1st

Onyx took first place for large category. He really handled the board well and took it all!

FB Crowds II

Thanks to Ocean Magic Surf Shop, Big Dog Ranch Rescue and event planner/coordinator, Shellie Chiet for drawing in the crowds to this 1st year event! It was a pleasure to volunteer and take photographs for this wonderful event and cause!

If your in the Jupiter area, be sure to stop by and visit Ocean Magic Surf Shop on the Southeast corner of US 1 and Indiantown Road near Outback Steakhouse. Also, check out Big Dog Ranch Rescue and consider supporting their cause!

For more information on who sits behind a keyboard and types all this out, check out my about me blog on Steve Huskisson Photography “Who is Steve Huskisson Anyways?” or visit my Facebook page.

Below are a few more pictures from the event!

FB Posing at the Tents

FB Lucy Bear Closeup

FB Booker D Surfdog

FB MCing

FB Paws

FB Booker D and Onyx Pose

FB Kait Steve and Cole

The only picture of this blogger from the event. With my nine year old son and WPTV Meteorologist Kait Parker. I look forward to next year’s event. Hang 20!

Green Sea Turtle Rescue

Green Sea Turtle Rescue – Sometimes the best things come after the photo shoot

Living in Jupiter, Florida and being at the beach so much, it’s not uncommon to see a Green Sea Turtle, Loggerhead or even a Leatherback. Especially in the early summer months, when they come ashore at night to lay their eggs, typically heading back to the ocean before the sun comes up. Photographing beach sunrises, I regularly see the tracks from the night before. On some occasions, I’ll even spot a turtle on the beach.

Thursday morning was like any other morning. I set the alarm to get out and shoot some HDR or high dynamic range photography of the sunrise. Jupiter Beach is only a few minutes from my home, so I got there just before the sun rose. I actually shot from the Jupiter Inlet on this particular morning. There were a few fishermen and spectators waiting for the sunrise. Although some storms were present in the distance, well over the ocean, I was able to still capture the colorful sunrise in HDR.

Despite one storm cloud blocking the sun, the colors bouncing off the clouds and sky were great!  Sunrise at Jupiter Inlet (Florida)

I packed up my tripod and camera, making my way back to my vehicle. I left Jupiter Inlet, passing through the winding road along side the public parking lot of Jupiter Beach. Still early in the morning so nobody was at the beach for the day… yet. I noticed a couple walking along the sidewalk, being stopped by another morning walker. She pointed into the parking lot towards a lone FWC (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation) truck. This is the law enforcement agency who overseas Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. I noticed a lone wildlife Officer near the concrete barriers that prevent the beach sand dunes from spreading out into the public parking lot. Curious, I pulled into the parking lot and drove up.

On top of the concrete barrier was a large female Green Sea Turtle. She was dangerously close to falling the four feet down to the concrete parking lot as she tried to make her way back to the ocean. But, that would be a long way for her to go and surely a dangerous route. As I got out, two Jupiter Police Officers arrived and together we worked to keep this lady from falling and eventually getting back to the beach and ocean.

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But, I need to back up. Probably to several hours ago, because this is when this Green Sea Turtle came ashore. Because many will ask, “how the heck did that turtle get there.” If your from the Jupiter area or have been to Jupiter Beach, you know this beach is separated by a sand dune with several wood fences and a steep slope down to the parking lot. Where the concrete barricades keep the sand from sliding all over the parking lot. It was speculated, that this lady had came ashore somewhere to the south of where she was found. Made her way up the beach and laid her eggs. For whatever reason, she didn’t turn back to the ocean. Instead, she most likely went right up the beach and made her way into a thicket of Sea Grape plants or even to the wood walkway leading to the parking lot. Once this Green Sea Turtle got near the parking lot, she turned and headed north along the thin stretch of sand that was held up by the concrete barricades. Misjudging her trek back, would certainly lead to serious injuries had she fallen off into the concrete parking lot.

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Exhausted, this Green Sea Turtle needed the support of rescuers to guide her another 300 feet to the nearest entry back to the beach. A Jupiter Police Officer helps support her weight from her trying to come off the sand.

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Morning walkers through the park started to stop by and watch the rescue unfold. Asking for assistance from the Officers, I placed my hand on her to try and guide her to keep on the sand. Fortunately, one of the bystanders took my camera for me briefly and snapped this picture.

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The FWC and Jupiter Police Officer were able to get back to assisting her as Loggerhead Marinelife Center workers began to arrive. This is a great center, just two miles south in Juno Beach. A state of the art facility, which includes a veterinary hospital, exhibit hall, classrooms, research labs and resource center. Workers document all the nests throughout Juno Beach, Jupiter and Tequesta. It is the only sea turtle hospital between Orlando and the Florida Keys!

As this Green Sea Turtle made her way close to the public entrance to the beach. And after many exhaustive rests in between, she was able to be safely lifted down to the sand by several of us. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center workers checked her visually for injuries, finding only minor scratches on her fin from the concrete barrier, decided she would be able to make it back to the ocean on her own. Well stepped back and watched as she navigated her way.

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Passing a sign educating the public about sea turtles and their nesting habits.

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This “wall” had to be formed by workers to help guide her around the fence to the ocean.

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I’ve seen it done for pets and even small kids, but never on a turtle. A Jupiter Police Officer encourages her to get around the fence for the final stretch down the beach and to the water. She certainly wasn’t in it for the race. She was exhausted, stopping several times and resting her head on the sand. She would find the strength to go another 100 or so feet down to the water.

Green Sea Turtle Rescue

Definitely was certainly worth stopping after shooting my HDR sunrise at Jupiter Inlet. This Green Sea Turtle had a long journey, but she was back home and swam away peacefully.

More pictures from this rescue on my Facebook page.

Take A Shot….. Or Not…..

Photography, take a shot or not?

If your like me, when I head out for some sunrise photography, I tend to take a lot of pictures. In that small window of time, before the sunrise until a few minutes after, I may take anywhere from 100 to 300 shots. I’ll grab different perspectives, angles and compositions. Even before heading out in the dark hour before sunrise, I’ll set up everything on my camera the night before. But with limited time in the early morning, sometimes you are faced with, do you take a shot or not?

Sometimes, when I get to a location I may even get distracted. Case in point this morning. I stopped by Coral Cove Beach in Tequesta, Florida. My initial plan was to set up along the rock formations and capture the ocean waves coming over the rocks with a dynamic sunrise. Just as I got set up, a fellow local photographer walked over and told me a Loggerhead Turtle was still on shore preparing to lay her eggs. Since this normally occurs in the darkness of night, I figured it would be a good photo opportunity. I gave up on the rocks and sat patiently and well away from the turtle so she wouldn’t be distracted. Once she finished, she turned and headed back to the ocean.

Loggerhead Late Start

 

It wasn’t the HDR or high dynamic range sunrise photography that I had planned for, but it turned out to be my best shot of the morning.

But it brings me to my point on whether to take the shot or not. For me, it’s ending up with something I totally didn’t expect when I started shooting. I’ve ended up at some locations for my sunrise photography only to find out I had left my ISO at 3200 from taking pictures of the stars the night before! Goes against my statement above, about preparing the night before. But in this case, I was tired and went to bed and headed out the door early in the morning in a rush.

At this particular location, I had walked about a 1/4 of a mile from where I parked to a spot overlooking some water. There was quite a bit of fog, but the sky looked pretty spectacular before the sun came up. Pinks, blues, yellows. It was all there. I took 96 pictures before the sun came up and the colors were gone. It was then I realized, my ISO was at 3200! I knew I wasn’t going to be happy with the noise in the photos, so I gave a sigh and packed up my tripod and headed back to my Jeep.

As I was almost back to my vehicle, I had that gut instinct to turn around. I was amazed by the lifting fog, exposing not the water scene I had hoped to capture, but the walkway leading through and the woods. So much warmth in the colors, I wasn’t sure if I could capture anything. I was faced with should I take the shot or not? Well, it’s a no brainer. We live in a digital age and my memory cards had plenty of room. It was simply a matter of setting up the tripod and picking my spot to take a shot.

I got home and quickly discarded my images I had taken during the very beginning of my journey. I was right, the noise was horrible and I didn’t want to spend too much time post processing something that I didn’t have my heart into. I got to my last set of images and processed them for HDR and was thrilled.

Sunrise in Jupiter, Florida on the first morning of Spring 2013.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this photo became one of my favorites I’ve taken. It was one of those last minute shots that may or may not have happened. So when your faced with whether to take a shot or not, take it. You might be pleasantly surprised!