I hadn't planned on taking any photographs last night. But Alan and I went for a walk on the beach and I couldn't help but notice the light and reflections. It would have been a perfect evening for shooting seascapes. As we headed back toward town, with plans to stop for frozen yogurt, I just could't resist. In hopes of catching the last of the light, we swung by the house, picked up my camera and headed out to the park at Old Town Fernandina Beach, which overlooks the Amelia River and Cumberland Sound. The color in the sky was mostly gone, but there was a shrimp boat with its lights on and moonlight shimmering on the water. When you don't have what you hoped for, you work with what you are given. In this case, I was delighted. Now then, if I had only remembered to grab my insect repellent when we stopped by the house....
I had a day of rest on Amelia Island following the recent Old Town Art Show in St. Augustine. I slept in, had a long walk and leisurely lunch on the beach, took a 3-hour nap, and then headed out with my camera and tripod. It was a beautiful day--shorts and t-shirt weather, with plenty of blue sky and sunshine. What made it especially nice were the dramatic cloud formations that rolled in just in time for sunset. With a little planning and hustling, I actually worked in two sunset shoots: first the marsh during the sunset itself, and then Old Town overlooking the Amelia River (below) for the wonderful color that remains in the sky and reflecting in the water after the sun has set. By the time I wrapped up shooting, it was almost too dark to find my way back to the car.
At summer camp, we had a song that everyone always sang horribly off key: "Morning is the Nicest Time of Day." Maybe we sang it that way intentionally, not being very fond of morning. I don't know. Even though I'm no fonder of mornings now than when I was 10, I have discovered that it's one of the best times for landscape photography. The light is softer, there are fewer distractions, the wind tends to be calmer, and your chance of encountering fog is higher. Fog is actually my favorite weather in which to shoot, though doing so can be kind of tricky. Just be sure to open up one to two stops (bracketing your exposures) in order to capture the fog. This shot was taken on a quiet, foggy morning on the Amelia River in northern Florida.