Thursday (25-December-2008) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2008 Road Trip Day 4: Christmas in Florida at Fort De Soto Park

Great Blue Heron at Fort De Soto County Park just outside of St. Petersburg, Florida. This image taken with a Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens. I am very impressed with the Nikon D3x camera with its 24 MP sensor.

Great Blue Heron at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron at Fort DeSoto Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Thursday (25-December-2008) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2008 Road Trip Day 4: St. Petersburg Pier Holiday Lighting from the Vinoy Hotel

I was staying a the Vinoy Hotel and had a window/balcony that looked out over Tampa bay. Over the holidays, the St. Petersburg Pier, which looks like an inverted pyramid is lit up with colored lights that change every few minutes. I am really liking the resolution with the new Nikon D3x.

St. Petersburg Pier at Night from the Vinoy Hotel. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 200 f/2 lens (ISO 100, f/11, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
St. Petersburg Pier at Night from the Vinoy Hotel. Image taken with an Nikon D3x and 200 f/2 lens (ISO 100, f/11, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (24-December-2008) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2008 Road Trip Day 3: St. Petersburg Pier

Daytime and a series of nighttime views of the St. Petersburg Pier illuminated by holiday lights.

St. Petersburg Pier. Daytime view from a balcony at the Historic Vinoy Hotel. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 210 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
St. Petersburg Pier. Daytime view from a balcony at the Historic Vinoy Hotel. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 210 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)


Tuesday (23-December-2008) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2008 Road Trip Day 2: Fort De Soto Park

I drove to Fort De Soto park early in the morning with a goal of photographing the sun rising through the Sunshine Skyway bridge. I then spent a few hours photographing birds at various locations at the park.

Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 200-400 mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 200-400 mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)