Swamp Vegetation ~ In-camera blur created at the Florida Everglades
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Canon ID Mark IV, Canon EF300mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens with 2X teleconvertor, 1/2 sec. at f/16, ISO 50
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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. Morrell’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 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 you’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. It was great seeing him again. After shooting with Gaurav at Nickerson Beach in NY and Bosque del Apache NM I asked him to be a Contributor for my monthly MiniMag. To see more of Gaurav’s (my bhai) work visit his website here.
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 I am in Tampa right now getting ready for the seminar. We have 58 attending and walk-ins are welcome!
______________________________________________________________ denise ippolito
Weekend Creative Nature Photography Seminar, Tampa, FL: February 23 & 24, 2013: $149 with Arthur Morris & Denise Ippolito
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Flower Photography Seminar/Workshop March 22-23, 2013 ~ $99 with Denise Ippolito
Sponsored by Hunts Photo
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