Beach Chairs in the waves

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Two beach chairs on the beach at Florida’s Siesta Key in Sarasota in this fine art photograph by photographer Edward M. Fielding.    Available as canvas prints, metal print, rolled in a tube, framed and matted art print, acrylic prints, wood prints and more, this photograph of a couple of empty beach chairs in the waves at Siesta Key, Florida makes a perfect addition to the casual beach house decor.

Enjoying its reputation as one of America’s Best Beaches, Siesta Beach is made famous by its sugar-fine, quartz-white sand.

A short jaunt from the public beach is a village of outdoor dining, coffee shops and shopping.  Turtle Beach sits beyond the sea grapes on the Key’s southern end and is a popular site for launching kayaks.

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THE TOP BEACHES OF SARASOTA

  • South Lido Park Beach – South Lido Park Beach’s amenities include shaded picnic areas, barbecue grills, children’s playground, volleyball, a canoe trail, nature trails, an observation tower and decks, restrooms, and free parking.

  • BROHARD BEACH PAW PARK AND VENICE FISHING PIER – Sarasota County’s Only Public Beach Where Dogs are Allowed

  • Coquina Beach is the longest stretch of beach on the southern end of Anna Maria Island on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Siesta Beach is favorite among visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key’s, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches.

  • Venice Beach is a favorite beach spot for locals as well as divers who come for its coral reef which is located a quarter-mile off shore.

  • Located at the southernmost end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach, which is much less crowded than Crescent Beach and Siesta Beach and features some of the tallest dunes in the area. Kayakers will enjoy exploring the nearby lagoon and natural wetlands.

  • Caspersen Beach stretches over 1½ miles and you can actually reach Manasota Key four miles away if you keep walking south.

  • Longboat Key’s access to its beaches is limited, but your reward is 10 miles of uninterrupted, uncrowded beach with wonderful Gulf of Mexico water and white sand.

  • Nokomis Beach Offers Some of the Best Surfing on Florida’s Gulf Coast! Nokomis Beach is Sarasota Counties oldest public beach and is well-liked by families and fishing enthusiasts.

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Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier and Sunset Photography Tips

Fort Myers Beach – A Great Spot to Capture a Sunset

Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier at Sunset
Fort Myers Beach Fishing Pier at Sunset http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/fort-myers-beach-fishing-pier-at-sunset-edward-fielding.html

Let’s face it.  Sunsets with nothing more than miles of blank ocean to the horizon and then a ball of sun dropping into the sea are boring as hell.  Imagine a small child’s drawing of said sunset.  Not much better than the square house and lollipop tree crayon rendering.

Sunsets as an experience are wonderful with cocktail, glass of wine or beer in hand and your skins slowly feeling a sunburned memory of a fun filled day at the beach.  But as a photography subject, many a snap shot fails to capture the feeling of the moment.

As with any good landscape, the artist seeks to find strong elements for a complete composition of foreground, middle ground and background.  Too often snaps of a sunset have nothing but background which is why they fall flat in the intrigue, substance and interest levels.

Taking Fort Myers Beach as an example, the fishing pier makes a great point of interest for fantastic sunset photos.  Located on the western coast of Florida, this region of Florida makes for great sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

The trick is figuring out where the sunset will occur, finding a great foreground to add interest to the shot, set up your tripod and hope people stay out of your way, bracket your exposures and don’t forget to manual focus before you lose the light because your autofocus might not work in low light.

Also stick around after the actual sunset to get some amazing colors in the sky that only occur AFTER the sunsets.

See all of the Fort Myers Beach area photographs and artwork here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/fort+myers

General Sunset Photography Tips

Sunset Photography cheat sheet
Sunset photography cheat sheet

I like having my camera on a sturdy tripod for sunsets.  Take a exposure reading off the sky, set up your camera in manual and shoot away.  Look at the results in the LCD screen and examine the histogram.  Adjust your setting and fire away bracketing your shots to cover a wide exposure range.

Keep in mind that to create a stunning sunset you’ll need some great clouds.  A blank sky is going to be boring and often the sunset gets lost in low hanging clouds on the horizon so be prepared to revisit the same spot several times during your stay in the area.  Also stick around after the sun goes down in case the sky opens up.

Also take your white balance off of auto WB and put it on Daylight.  Auto will adjust for the warm tones and take away the colors you came to see!  Play around with the WB setting if you want to intensify the colors.

Disney World Orlando Florida At Trip Back in Time to 1995

Nearly 25 years ago a photographer, his young wife and a college buddy were offered a co-workers condo in Orlando and decided to take a trip to the Disney Amusement Parks.

If you’ve been to any of these large amusement parks in Orlando, Florida, you know that something is always being ripped out and made over.  Rides come and go and sometimes even come back again.  Sections of the part are changed, updated, removed, made over or somehow replaced.

Part of the marketing of the parks is that there is always something new and exciting coming soon or at least in the time for your next vacation so you just have to come back in the future to experience the latest thrills.

Because of this any photographs from 10, 20 or 30 years back are going to look a lot different than a contemporary experience.  Documenting the changes that occur at these parks could be an annual job.

This series of Disney World photographs taken by photographer Edward M. Fielding with an Olympus OM-G film camera and a standard 50mm lens were found on a Kodak DVD.  Back in the early days of personal computers you could have your film processed and scanned on to DVDs.

Enjoy this look back at Disney World, what was known then a MGM Studios and Cape Canaveral.

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Lard Lad Donuts Simpsons Canvas Print Wall Art

Lard Lad Donuts from the Simpsons - sold a 13.375" x 20.000" print of Lard Lad Donuts to a buyer from Marysville, WA.
Lard Lad Donuts from the Simpsons – sold a 13.375″ x 20.000″ print of Lard Lad Donuts to a buyer from Marysville, WA.

Lard Lad Donuts, Springfield by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding, shown above as configured by a recent customer as a large canvas print.

Lard Lad Donuts is a donut shop in the town of Springfield, The store’s mascot, Lard Lad, stands in the parking lot of the building holding a giant donut.

The store is a part of the Fast-Food Boulevard that seems to be famous in policemen terms, as Chief Wiggum is often seen eating some. It’s generally an estimated 3 meter tall donut store with an estimated 8 meter tall mascot of a young boy proudly holding a donut. The name and the statue of the eponymous boy are likely references to Big Boy restaurants.

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More Florida photographs and artwork can be seen here: http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/florida