Friday, January 24, 2014

Photo Friday

As you know, I recently got a new camera. One of my many new years resolutions was to learn more about my camera/photography by doing a 365 photo challenge. It's basically where you take a photo a day for an entire year. Sounds simple right? Well, we're only 24 days in, and I'm already falling behind. (I don't know why I continue to make unrealistic goals that I can't keep...I just keep setting myself up for failure, yet I continue to do it.) My problem is that most days I leave before the sun comes up and come home after it's gone down. It's kinda hard to take pics without any light and there is only so much I find interesting inside my own house in the evening. So while I haven't given up on my new years resolution completely, I have accepted that it won't be perfect. It's time for a revision. There are going to just be days that don't get photographed. I'm still going to make an effort to take at lease one photo a day, but at very least, I will take quality photos once a week. I will be sharing some of my favorite pics from the week every Friday. I will be linking up at This Analog Adventure for Photography Friday and Serendipity is Sweet's Friday Photo Journal if you'd like to join in the fun.


This past weekend we planned a trip to see the manatee. In the winter especially, manatee congregate near our local power plant to swim in the warm water the power plant emits. Long ago the power plant build a barrier to keep their warm water from killing the surrounding mangroves. The water still leads to the open ocean, but the barrier keeps it from destroying the coastline. Once the manatee caught wind of this warm water pool, they made themselves at home and have been frolicking in the warm water ever since. You can see below that the water was a toasty 71 degrees in January.
Once the power plant noticed the manatee had made themselves at home in their water, they build a long pier, so that visitors could enjoy the manatee and other wild life. The best part about it is that it's free.
 I don't have a lens with a good zoom, so I couldn't get any good pictures of the manatee, but we saw TONS of them. We also saw fish, sharks and pelicans (my favorite bird). I guess everybody love the warm water.
Can you tell what my "signature" shot is?
I didn't even know I had a signature shot until I put these pictures on the computer and realized that I have tons of the same (a portrait with the subject in the left third of the frame). I will make a conscious effort to try something new next time.

Do you have a signature shot? Have you done anything that's free and fun lately?
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6 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, Pam! Portrait shots are my fave :) I think a few AWESOME shots a week are better than super random ones every day. I like your new goal. Can't wait to continue to see them!

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    1. Thanks Heather! You are always so supportive. I really appreciate it.

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  2. These shot are gorgeous! Awesome project to learn to use a new camera...that will really get you used to it fast! haha. Thanks for linking up with Photography Friday!

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    1. Thank you!! I'll be back for the next link up too :)

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  3. Hmmm.... I hadn't really thought about it before, but I probably have one too. I'll have to pay more attention.

    Who could blame the manatee for living in that warm almost bath tub like water (for them anyway). It's neat they are looking to care for the animals instead of simply not caring what damage they do to the earth.

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    1. It is pretty awesome how eco friendly they are. If only all companies could be like that.

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