Cooper’s Hawk at Fern Forest Nature Center

I spotted this Cooper’s Hawk at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek FL. I didn’t have my tripod with me so I braced the camera on the boardwalk to steady the camera. I used a Canon 70-200mm f/4 (non-IS) lens set at 200mm for this image. I set the Canon 7D to ISO 800 AND used the recommended exposure setting of 1/320 second f/4.

Cooper's Hawk at Fern Forest Nature Center

I Saw Shops Restaurants and Cows in Miami Lakes

Miami Lakes is a small town in the north end of Miami-Dade County. I used to play soccer there over twenty years ago. Since that time lots of businesses have opened. Strangely, there is a plot of land among apartments, restaurants, shops and a supermarket that may not have been re-zoned for business. On this land I saw cows grazing. Very out-of-place.


On very bright days, I try to find a gray surface like the road or the bark of a tree and meter off it. I use that exposure reading as reference. On this day I metered off the road and got a reading of 1/400 f/13. I set my Canon 7D to manual exposure and dialed in those numbers. The camera was set to my preferred ISO setting of 200. I used a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens set at 24mm. I focused on the cow in the middle. The RAW untouched image had nice blue sky and showed details on the cows. Only minor adjustments were made in post-processing.

A Quiet Spot at Tree Tops Park


Camera settings: ISO 400, 1/100s, f/7.1 12mm (Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens)

7D Images from Pelican Harbor Marina

Pelican Harbor Marina is located on the north side of the 79th Street Causeway between Miami and North Bay Village. The marina is owned by Miami-Dade County and open to the public. The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (PHSS) is located at the marina. It was founded in 1980 for “the purpose of caring for injured brown pelicans. Since then, PHSS has grown in to a nationally and internationally recognized center for seabird rehabilitation.”

Here are 3 images from the marina taken on October 20th.

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New Benches at Tree Tops Park

There are 2 shelters along the boardwalk at Tree Tops Park. Recently I noticed that the benches were rotting and falling apart. I am happy to report that the park has replaced them with shorter more sturdy benches. Here are two of four new benches at one of the shelters.


7D Images of a Canoe at Markham Park

I saw this canoe while I was at Markham Park today. It appeared abandoned so I took a few shots of it.

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I shot all these images using ISO 100 to get a lot of details and the second and third images were shot at f/11 to help get most of the canoe is sharp focus. I used a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens for all these photographs.

7D image of the boardwalk at Fern Forest Nature Center

Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek Florida has a well built system of boardwalks that runs through part of the forest. From the boardwalk I have taken pictures of cardinals, Cooper’s Hawk and Pileated Woodpeckers.


I took the photograph below that shows sun flares or starburst as some call it. The settings are:

Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/400
Av (Aperture Value) f/ 14.0
ISO Speed: 200
Focal Length: 12mm on a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens


7D image of trees at Tree Tops Park

I saw a framed picture of trees on the wall of a Broward County Administrative office. The photograph was taken at Tree Tops Park. I liked the photo and decided to search out the location where it was taken.

The photograph may have been taken decades ago so it is not easy to say with certainty that I found the spot. However the image below comes close to that framed photo. Click on the image to get a larger view and to see what is pleasing about it.


Taking photographs in a wooded area where there is limited sunlight can be challenging. One suggestion is to get a reading off a sunlit bark of the tree or the ground, set your camera to manual exposure using that exposure and take a few shots with that setting and then over-expose by 1 and 2 stops. The settings I used for this image was 1/100 sec f/8 ISO 200 using a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens set at 20mm.

The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Along the beach in Hollywood Florida, you can take a leisurely stroll along the Hollywood Broadwalk. The locals will forgive you for calling it the Hollywood ‘Boardwalk” since the word boardwalk is easily recognized as a walkway usually found at some parks. However the City of Hollywood FL decided to name this walkway the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk mainly because it is paved with bricks and not made of board/wood like a boardwalk. This is what it looks like:


The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk (commonly referred to as Hollywood Broadwalk) is a brick-paved thoroughfare stretching about 2.5 miles along the beach. No cars or vehicular traffic are allowed here. This walkway is for walking, jogging, cycling or even rollerblading. Along the Broadwalk are shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, motels, a farmer’s market (Sundays only) and an outdoor Hollywood Beach Theatre.

This is a great place to spend the morning, afternoon, evening or for that matter any time. Come on by and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Hollywood Broadwalk.

More about the City of Hollywood Florida

Shooting a Clock Tower on a bright sunny afternoon

How to shoot on a bright sunny afternoon

A long time ago I attended a photography seminar where I was told that harsh light such as at midday does not produce the best images. Harsh lighting leave shadows. Sometimes this can be controlled by fill light and at other times that is just not possible.

I was in Margate Florida on a bright sunny Tuesday afternoon when I decided to take a photograph of the clock tower. The light was bright and harsh and using fill flash would not be ideal. I decided to set the camera in manual mode and try a few shutter speed/aperture combinations to see which one gives the best image. I also decided that I would overexpose the image a little to capture as much detail as possible.

The image below was captured around 2:00 PM with the following settings:

Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/640
Av (Aperture Value) 9.0
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 200
Lens EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length 50.0mm
Image Size 3888×2592
Image Quality MRAW
AF area select mode Manual selection