Florida Photo Journal #1
For many years I lived in Florida and travelled extensively throughout the state. As a avid kayaker I also paddled on many of its waterways. Those experiences quickly taught me that Florida is much more than a land of sand, palm trees and large amusement destinations.
The state of Florida is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. It has 1,350 miles (2,170km) of coastline and 8,400 miles (13,520 km) of tidal shoreline-more than any state in the continental USA. It also contains 7,700 lakes, 24 rivers, a national park and forest and, is home to the oldest continuously occupied city in the country, St. Augustine, founded in 1585.
Because Florida is known worldwide for its beaches, I’ll begin this series with the photograph that inspired me to begin this long-term photo project. It also helps demonstrate why Florida is a great destination for those who love beautiful scenery and it shows how you can capture a frequently photographed subject (i.e. a beach scene) in a unique and fresh way. The photo, titled State of Grace, has won many national and international awards. It was made moments after sunrise following an all night tropical rain storm. The moisture, high humidity and soft light from sunrise helped to bring out the deeply saturated colors in the sky and land. This photo was made in the western part of the state on the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Florida.
State of Grace
Sand Key Park, Clearwater, Florida USA
A Beach Scene Enhanced by Unusual Weather & Lighting
TIP: Because of the high humidity and moisture soaked sand, a circular polarizer (described earlier in this blog) helped to remove the sun’s glare, saturate the colors in the sand and sky and also make the double rainbow more visible in the photograph.