Friday, August 9, 2013

A Personal Photo Challenge - Water

We need a challenge for sunshine here in the ‘Sunshine State’. Photographing anything is a challenge with the bright sun and water is especially tricky.

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I’m going to start with the first photo I took…

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then watch the turtle move…

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then finally get him out of the glare for….

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wait for it…

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the PERFECT photo, cropped!

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I use a small Canon point and shoot and never really know what I have until I get home. I load my photos onto my netbook (any laptop would work) and then use a cable to hook up to our 60 inch TV to view our photos. It’s just the best way to enjoy the photos you’ve taken on a trip. And when you zoom in…you can really see everything!

These were all taken at Rainbow Springs State Park, 20 minutes from my house here in Florida!

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I’m taking part in Donna’s photo challenge

and Weekend Reflections.

47 comments:

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Such beautiful photos!! Love the turtle shot!!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Nice picture transformation! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! Twyla

Musings from Kim K. said...

You really do have such fantastic scenery to photograph. Happy weekend!

Vee said...

ohhhh...water is so mysterious...i think you did an amazing job of getting that unique shot...not one bit pedestrian...I'm still working on my challenge....with 300 very average shots, it's becoming a nightmare. ; D

bj said...

Great water shots, girlfriend. Love seeing the turtle. :)

Susie said...

Whoa girl, don't be talking all the tech savvy stuff to me.LOL You know I need the dummy book on the dummy book of anything. I like the turtle picture. Sometimes photos turn out better when we aren't even trying, my case most often.xoxo,Susie

Jane and Chris said...

I'm so taken with the very first shot...it looks terribly peaceful.
Jane x

ann said...

Love technology. Great photos. I am always curios as to how bloggers get such good photos. What their secrets and tricks are. Thanks for sharing yours.

20 North Ora said...

Good shot!!

Judy

Shelia Williamson said...

HI Diane! Oh, you take great snaps and I love the one of the little turtle! HThanks for popping in to see me and I hope you have a great weekend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

TexWisGirl said...

he's very cute!

HansHB said...

Nice reflections!

Leave It To Davis said...

It's surprising what you can come out with sometimes. And sometimes, disappointing! I have had some shots I really thought were going to be great, and they weren't as focused as I thought!

'Tsuki said...

Your are so right : perfectly cropped indeed ! The color of the water is amazing in this place, wow...

Audrey said...

quel magnifique endroit et jolie tortue ;o)

Laurie said...

amazing photos!

Trace4J said...

How fantastic is that cropped shot.
Just love Friend.
Have a blessed day.
Woolie Hugs

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh sweet Diane, you are a great photographer, some shots you have here...awesome!!! The view you liked out my window had a 'royal blue' color in real life.. and when I took the shot it came out dark, like cloudy...no way, Jose! Thanks for coming and for sharing.
FABBY

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi, I love your photos of the turtle! I wish you a wonderful weekend and hope you are staying cool!
Julie

Nancy Vance said...

Great job!! I like cropping,too! :)

NanaDiana said...

Now THAT is a great idea....now if I could only figure out how to do it! lol Love your photos and I use a point & click, too. xo Diana

Diane said...

Very neat and how fun to see photos on a huge TV!

Donna said...

You're the turtle chaser, LOL! Hey, that's a good shot of him! And that first photo is a stunner. The multi-colors of green are wonderful and the composition is spot on!

Lavender Cottage said...

The first shot with the water and palm trees is awesome and the turtle came out quite clear after cropping. I love my Canon point and shoot too Diane, and use it more readily than my big Canon many times.
Judith

Incipient Wings said...

I love when you show the amazing postcard pics you take!!
you're really talented:)
& that turtle is a cutie pie!
thanks for sharing.

Linda Walker said...

Your turtle is cute! Looks like you caught that shot right in the nick of time. You must have a lot of patience! Love his little head sticking out of the water as if to say, "geeze lady, you still here?"
lol..
Linda

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful shots Diane. I love the reflections in the water which really kept the turtle protected.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

You always get such great photos. You know how I love the turtles. Have a great weekend! xo

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

You are becoming quite the photographer, loving that turtle.

Jen

must love junk said...

What a great picture!! :)
Susan

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

When we lived in Florida we visited Rainbow Springs with the children. I haven't thought of that in many years. I am longing for a really good camera...perhaps one day.
So..Diane..WHEN are you going to find an old wheelbarrow, paint it a pretty lavender and plant it full of beautiful lavendar plants..of all shades..
I can just see it all now..........
:)
big hugs,
Mona

Sally said...

These are really good and love the last one!

I live in FL also, but have never been to Rainbow Springs. :)

Lori Lindsey said...

How sweet. I love turtles. When we see one cross the road we stop and move it out of the way. Great pics!

mail4rosey said...

Aww, look at him, he's cute!!!

Jeanne said...

Awww... How can anyone not love these.

Linda H said...

What a wonderful shot Diane. It was worth the wait and the cropping is just perfect!

Irene said...

Great shots, love the turtle.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pretty darn cool! And it is the perfect photo. And I am adding Rainbow Springs to my list of places to visit in Florida. It keeps growing. Thank you.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

PS: We have a 22 inch screen for our laptop computer...and I thought that was big. So I just read this post to my husband..kidding him because somebody has a bigger screen than he does ;>) He wants to know what program you use to zoom in on the TV screen.

Peggy Jones said...

I don't have a fancy camera either. Even on my zoom I have to sometimes use PicMonkey. Great shot of the turtle.
Peggy

Donna said...

What Fun Shots! Can't go wrong with with water and reptiles!
I was rooting for the turtle!Hahaa
hughugs

Shirley said...

Like you, I never know if a shot is truly good until I upload it to my computer. Sun can be a challenge but you took some terrific photos here.

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Lorrie said...

Wonderful photos - love the way you kept zeroing in until finally - the perfect shot (cropped). Water can be so tricky.

Cameron said...

That is a perfect photo! He looks like he had his eye on you. too :)

Poppy said...

Beautiful shots of amazing surroundings! Love all the greens, both in texture and colour!

Have a great week!

Poppy

Mary said...

Love that first shot...........really gives me an idea as to what Florida's backwaters look like. I recall driving the Tamiami Trail back in the '60's with the screaming kids and sweating husband - and me with head out the window trying to get some air....of course coming from the NE we had no a/c and more likely, no money to buy a car with it installed, haha!

Hugs, Mary