Little Havana Flavors


A slide show, to the tune of Albita, of some of the images I have taken for a Little Havana project.

This area has seen a great improvement, even gets A big influx of tourists, to the tune of a few daily buses, rain or shine.

Enjoy!

 

 

Ceiba speciosa is blooming!


So alfred talked me into using a point and shoot camera.
I have never been a fan but he always has one with him, even in trips with full load of equipment. Lots of candids and behind the scenes he had.
So he got me the Sony RX-100 mkIV, really small and powerful. A real pocket camera, but it sits in a velvet pouch on my purse and goes with me anywhere now.
The last two photo expeditions, it is what I’ve used, fir the sake of portability. The sensor is a 20 mgs CMOS, and lens equivalent of 24-70, with a wide aperture of f/1.8-2.8. Even if it is a relative small sensor, you can get great bokeh.
Ceiba Speciosa-3

Ceiba Speciosa-5

Ceiba Speciosa-4
I have the feeling I will be using this a lot!
The ceiba is a beautiful tree with personality problems. It blooms in the fall instead of the spring. Creative little thing LOL
But it is refreshing for us in South Florida, where we don’t get fall colors for the most part, to have something beautiful to photograph, plant wise, this time of the year.
Although there is a Royal Poinciana in fresh bloom around Ponce and Alhambra. Another one with timing issues.
Ceiba Speciosa-2

Ceiba Speciosa-1

Ceiba Speciosa-6

So those are a few from yesterday, processed in Lightroom. There are some more, but not worked on them yet.
Have a great day y’all!

Night Life at Mango’s


We have been visiting the disco bar at Ocean Drive lately. It is a rather informal cabaret, with a few tables downstair and others on the balcony upstairs. The shoes start at 8:15Pm and keep going until 2:30AM. Great stuff, folks. You can see it from the bars or reserve a table, where cover charges and minimum comp. are required.
It is a great atmospheres, with very friendly personnel and beautiful decor.
Parking we soul advise to use the garages close by, since valet is really expensive in SoBe. You do not want your night end up with a surprise.
Slipt
SInger

We used the Sony a7Rii with a few lenses, mostly one at a time, out of laziness. Unless you are at a table as we have been, it becomes awkward to be changing lenses. The mirrorless ISO and AF capabilities have not let us down yet. Lenses used are the Sony/Zeiss 55 f/1.8, Sony/Zeiss 16-35/4 and the Sony/Zeiss 35 f/1.4
They all AF, and we have tried different settings. I have to admit that the rotating color lights could work against you or make your shot. Just be patient, use you continuous drive and be flexible.
On the floor

Joy!

Samba 2

Samba

Giving the performers and occasional print will make them very happy and you will probably get eye contact the next time around. What goes around, comes around. Spread the joy and you will get some back!

So here are some the things that are available there, nothing difficult.
Salsa mia

SoBe pixelcropsinger

SoBe mojitoroomBatman

MJ coming in

Epa!

Second jump

The light

I am the one

Good place, good time

Mango's dancers

MJ impersonator

Are you OK Eddie?

So Epcot again it is!


After a long summer break, mainly due to the Florida summer heat and humidity, we decided to take a chance and visit Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.
I still had the knee problem, so we rented an electrical scooter to move around. It was very cool and efficient, and it made our visit so much more pleasurable. Even though I had the carriage, I chose to go light on the gear and just carried the newly acquired Sony a7s and a couple of Leica lenses.
The little Sony is the youngest one of the a7 family. We had the a7r for while, but it was problematic with the Leica lenses because of purple fringing and vignetting. There is a Lightroom plugin, called Flat Field, that will handle that, but you need to take a control picture and we really did no want to go through the trouble.
This little gem does not have that problem, being a newer camera. At least, it worked perfectly on my 35mm Lux, which is my main lens when I use Leica.
The ISO capabilities are extremely good and pixels are very dense, except it only has 12MGs, which does not really bother me. My beloved Nikon D3 was that exact resolution and it was fine.
So here are some of the pics we captured, most of them with the 35 Lux. Only used the 24 f/2.8 for the fireworks, though I could have used the 35 after all.
I used the B&W 3X filter for some flowers or objects close ups. Be aware that you need to focus moving back and forth until you find sharpness exactly where you want it. I tend to use it wide open, but if you like more detail all around you can use a smaller aperture.
More to follow soon!

Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH. f/1.4, 1/25, ISO12800
Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH.
f/1.4, 1/25, ISO12800

Sony a7s, Zeiss 55/1.8 f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 320
Sony a7s, Zeiss 55/1.8
f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 320

Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH plus B&W 3X filter f/1.4, 1/60, ISO 250
Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH plus B&W 3X filter
f/1.4, 1/60, ISO 250

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH, B&W 3X filter f/1.4, 1/800, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 Lux ASPH, B&W 3X filter
f/1.4, 1/800, ISO 100

Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH, B&W 3X filter f/1.4, 1/1250, ISO 100
Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH, B&W 3X filter
f/1.4, 1/1250, ISO 100

Son a7s, Leica 24 Elmarit f/23.8, 1/60, ISO 10000 hand held
Son a7s, Leica 24 Elmarit
f/23.8, 1/60, ISO 10000
hand held

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/640, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/640, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100
Sony a7s, Leica 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/6400, ISO 100

Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100
Sony a7s, 35 LUX ASPH
f/1.4, 1/100, ISO 100

Sony a7s, Leica 35mm Lux ASPH, hand held, 1/60, f1.4, ISO 5000
Sony a7s, Leica 35mm Lux ASPH, hand held, 1/60, f1.4, ISO 5000

Fieldtrip to Shark Valley by Fabiola Forns


The trip to Shark Valley, regardless of the 11 mile road work, proved to be very interesting. I would say even better than the Burrowing Owls at Brian Piccolo Park.
We had been very disappointed with our session at Anhinga Trail, which we found very neglected and with very few subjects for this time of year.

Backlit Great Blue Heron and catfish. We had to run for this one and he never gave us a good light angle.
Backlit Great Blue Heron and catfish. We had to run for this one and he never gave us a good light angle.

Snowy Egret dancing the water looking for fish.
Snowy Egret dancing the water looking for fish.

Shark Valley, although not shinning like other years, still gave us plenty to do, especially it was a good workout for photo skills, since the light kept changing rapidly (very common in Florida). As we came in, it was overcast, and we had to work in ISO 800 to get any kind of shutter speed.
Although I’m a fan of Auto ISO on my Sony cameras, I don’t trust old 7D over ISO 800 and don’t want to have surprises. So I prefer to change manually and make sure my picture is taken at the best possible, given the action gives me time to make decisions.

Great blue Heron expressing his unhappiness at another bird in his territory.
Great blue Heron expressing his unhappiness at another bird in his territory.

I usually prefer to work wide open, which means f/5.6 on my extended 100-400L IS.
Unless I want more depth of field for more than one subject or very close proximity, blurring shoulders and such.
After mid-morning, the sun was shinning very bright, and the contrast was brutal, especially to get the Snowy Egrets,, that read 4000 s/s even at ISO 400. I didn’t consider going under that, since speed is a bonus in most cases and I’m happy with the grain at 400 ISO, in other than gloomy conditions.
The images opened up the blacks nicely in Lightroom and all the highlights were there after checking them. I was very happy with the results, even though the contrast was very high at the end of the morning.

Juvenile female Anhinga ready to throw herself at the tree. They are not the most graceful landers.
Juvenile female Anhinga ready to throw herself at the tree. They are not the most graceful landers.

Here are some pictures, and this is a location that we will probably repeat in the second term of the class. Hoping the road work is better by then. If you plan to visit, allow yourself extra time because of the stops you have to make on a one line road.

May the light be with you!

Tricolored Heron in full breeding colors.
Tricolored Heron in full breeding colors.

Snowy Egret posing on his Everglades habitat.
Snowy Egret posing on his Everglades habitat.

Purple Gallinule showing their ability to walk the reeds.
Purple Gallinule showing their ability to walk the reeds.

Green Heron enjoying the first rays of sun that morning.
Green Heron enjoying the first rays of sun that morning.

Tricolored Heron getting ready to come in after a round of fishing.
Tricolored Heron getting ready to come in after a round of fishing.

Snowy Egret having his crown blown by the wind.
Snowy Egret having his crown blown by the wind.