|I liked this piece of driftwood that stood out away from all the downed trees. Most of my compositions taken that evening included it in the foreground.|
|Our 6-mile route from Panther Key (top left corner) to Picnic Key.|
|My rudimentary attempt to show the direction of the setting sun (red) and the rising sun (yellow) from where I stood on Picnic Key.|
|My one horizontal composition that at least shows some of the hurricane destruction. The sun was setting off to the right of the frame as I faced south.|
Foreground Interest. I gathered my camera, tripod and filters and walked the beach about an hour before sunset. The beach had changed dramatically from hurricane Irma. Earlier, I had found an interesting driftwood that might serve well in the foreground. I also anticipated that the incoming tide would not be high enough to cover the beach, leaving me with interesting textures to place in the scene.
As I look over my photos from this trip, once again, Picnic Key appears differently than from previous visits, a shapeshifter if you will. And this is why I keep coming back.
|As the sun set, the clouds darkened with a purple hue. There's that driftwood piece again.|
|Picnic Key, November 2016. Liking the cloud formations, I captured this low tide scene midday with a polarizing filter on the lens.|
|November 2013, this was one of my first attempts at getting a long exposure image on Picnic Key. Low tide revealed significant debris from previous storm damage.|
|One afternoon in February 2009, heavy fog rolled in on Picnic Key. This interesting piece of driftwood has long since disappeared.|