Traveling around Florida

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Swamp Vegetation ~ In-camera blur created at the Florida Everglades
(to see the original scene check out the image below)
Canon ID Mark IV, Canon EF300mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens with 2X teleconvertor, 1/2 sec. at f/16, ISO 50


I thought I would spend a minute writing about my last couple of weeks which I have spent in Florida. I have so many images to sort through and I haven’t had much time to post or edit images. My schedule has been crazy but the photography opportunities have been amazing. I landed in Florida on the 7th (I return to Jersey on the 27th) of February and then drove to the Florida Everglades for the Canon Digital Learning Center Workshop titled the Birds of the Everglades that I was co-leading with Arthur Morris. We had a wonderful group of folks like Steve Wasson (who bought my 500mm f/4 lens), Steve is a skilled photographer who also enjoys scuba diving all over the world. Morrell Chance was another of the kind folks that we met. Morrellโ€™s images were terrific! Back for a second workshop at the Everglades was client/good friend Geri George. Geri rode with us throughout the week. I love her sense of humor and her love for nature.
We checked into our hotel which was the Hampton Inn located in Homestead FL. I really like staying at Hampton Inns when I travel, the rooms are decent sized, the duvet covers are fresh and clean, I also like their towels ๐Ÿ™‚ Simple pleasures…

After getting unpacked we immediately went to Anhinga Trail for a late afternoon shoot. Double Crested Cormorants & Anhingas posed on the rails and we photographed them at point blank range. Eco pond which is another location in the Everglades was a hot spot for us in the morning. We photographed Black-necked Stilts along with Wood Stork, White Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, White Egrets and Osprey. If youโ€™ve never been to the Florida Everglades I would recommend a trip there, especially if you love birds! I usually like to visit in February.

After the Canon workshop we headed north to Ft. Myers, Geri, still in tow. On our way we stopped at Wakodahatchee where we met up with multi- workshop attendee/friend Deirdre Sheerr for a friendly shoot. For more info on my time at Wakodahatchee see my latest blog post. Deirdre signed up for the Southwest Florida IPT (Instructional Photo Tour) and we had a great time together as always, BTW Deirdre really nailed some great shots!!!

Next we went to Ft Myers where we picked up multi-IPT veteran Gaurav Mittal. Gaurav, from India signed up for the Southwest Florida IPT.

Image © 2013/Denise Ippolito Photography
Swamp Vegetation

Image © 2013/Denise Ippolito Photography
Venice Rookery

So far I’ve been to Venice Rookery, Sanibel Beach and fishing pier, Everglades, Wakodahatchee, Corkscrew, Cape Coral, Alafia Banks and a few other places along the way ๐Ÿ™‚ I am in Tampa right now getting ready for the seminar. We have 58 attending and walk-ins are welcome!

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13 Responses

  1. lisa says:

    Your creativity is, as always, inspring. and that Egret in breeding plumage at the Venice Rookery with that background is awesome!

  2. Busy? Whose been busy? Up at 4am every day for two weeks…. Yikes. And today is the Tampa Seminar. Love the displaying Piping Plover and the swamp blur–your creativity remains amazing.

    And the Great Egret image is superb–love that BKGR color. I was way to close and too tight on that one and fanned on the head shot anyway! Heck, I never even saw the color from my angle.

  3. denise says:

    Hi Susan, I have been trying to keep up with my images but this month is crazy busy as usual. Thank you for the kind words and I will see you in Oregon for the Swan Island Dahlia Workshop!

  4. denise says:

    Thanks so much Lisa, I have been so busy I haven’t had time to go through my images but we have had some great opportunities.

  5. Don Schroder says:

    Geez Louise, Girl! You’ve been on the move! And then when you return you hop in the car and it’s off to Lonaconing. Beautiful images especially the great egret.

  6. denise says:

    Don, I have been busy! I can’t wait to see you and Jeanne at Lonaconing!

    Andrea, Thank you so much, it means a lot!

  7. Deirdre Sheerr-Gross says:


    Denise… You are …a great mentor, an outrageous woman,
    a magnificent and inspiring photographer…
    …and I am thankful for our friendship.

    Many thanks for all your help and support, Deirdre

    ps… You have been working hard… I hope, you remember to stop and smell some of those beautiful flowers of yours…

  8. denise says:

    Deidre, You really shined on this workshop, you have worked hard and it shows! You nailed some pretty hard captures! YOU rock! Your kind words and friendship mean a lot to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Kim DeCamp says:

    Denise, will you do a workshop again next February? I hope so. I would like to join in! I attended your workshop for GCA last February in Sarasota.

  10. denise says:

    Hi Kim, Nice to hear from you. I will be doing a workshop in Florida in February 2014, I just haven’t set any up yet as of yet but if you check on my workshop page in October of this year I should have one scheduled by then. I hope you’ll be able to join me ๐Ÿ™‚

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