One of my readers saw that we were in Crystal River and suggested we visit Cedar Key on our way along the gulf coast. We took the advice (thanks Kent!) and were treated to colourful and sometimes dramatic skies.
Our campsite was right on the water and we were delighted to find that we even had our own wharf with chairs to enjoy the sunset.
I could see an interesting boat that looked to be abandoned and the next night we strolled down the beach a bit so I could make an image of it at sunset.
The next morning we decided to get up early to find out if the skies were just as interesting at sunrise. I made this image of what the locals call “honeymoon cottage”. The stilt house sits out in the bay and must have been a great vacation spot in its day until it, and the walkway to it, was destroyed by a hurricane. Now it is the city’s most famous landmark.
I made each of these images by taking 3 different exposures (one for the highlights, one for the midtones and one for the shadows) and combining them using Photomatix. This allowed me to retain detail in the foreground elements when the sky is bright and colourful. Normally the foreground objects would be totally black with such a bright background, which is great if you want a silhouette, but that is not always the desired effect.
Tomorrow I will have some more photos from Cedar Key to show you a piece of the old Florida we discovered there.