Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 5: Merritt Island.
Broad-Winged Hawk on a palm tree near the entrance to Biolab road in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 and 180 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 800, 180 mm, f/2.8, 1/640 sec). FOV = 486 mm.
Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 5: Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge panorama at dawn from the east beach at Fort De Soto Park, in Pinellas County Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8D lens (ISO 100, 26 mm, f/11, 1/13 sec).
Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 7: Merritt Island.
Before starting my drive back to New Jersey, I spent the morning on Merritt Island. First for sunrise at Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore, then for a drive through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — both along Bio Lab Road and Black Point Wildlife Drive. The previous day there was heavy fog in the morning so I didn’t go to Playalinda beach. This beach is favored by surf fishermen.
Rather that using the big telephoto lenses, all of the images on this day were taken with a Nikon D700 camera with a 28-300 mm VR lens, a Leica X2 camera, or a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens. All hand-held, no tripod.
Gone to See Florida 2013 Road Trip. Day 3: Foggy Morning in St. Petersburg.
When I woke up this morning and looked out from the balcony of my room at the Vinoy hotel it was foggy. I couldn’t even see the St. Petersburg Pier that I had been taking images for a time-lapsed video the previous night. I had hoped to go to Fort De Soto park for both sunrise and bird photography today — but it was way too foggy. Initially I could barely see the palm trees. At 11 AM, I still couldn’t see the Pier.