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    I don't know what subject matter everyone is interested in, so I left out the Space Coast spots which are mostly bird oriented (although you can do some free form nudes on some of the beaches there!) My own preferences are for either black water rivers/streams (something I'm thinking about working with for a bit), or as Michael stated, driftwood (something I've done a few times and enjoyed). I'm not a big landscape person, although some of the fellows that I sometimes photograph with are into that sort of thing. I'll drive anywhere in the state for a get-together of this sort, so I'd prefer to let others make the calls on where to meet. I just wanted to post some places near here since it's a central location and so that people would have a bigger list to choose from.

    - Randy

    P.S. Paul, the heat index near our place yesterday (when my wife wanted me to mow of all things!), was 105 F...

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    Subject matter doesn't, er, matter too much to me

    I'm mostly interested in shapes, forms, textures, lighting. Plenty in my own backyard, but just spending time away from here would be very good. Sure, love catching a good bird shot or whatever, but not my intent.

    Reallis, how do you find the heat index? I've looked for Comfort Index in the past and I couldn't find anything official.

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    Paul,

    It's on the local news station. They like to go on and on about it - gives them something to talk about I suppose. It hit that again today too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Verizzo View Post
    Yesterday I took some time off from my caregiving and thought I'd do some shots in Venice. Not too far with $4 gas, new scenery. The first two parks and beaches were in the open sun, early to midafternoon.

    HOLY FLIP, IT WAS HOT!

    There's a reason I left here 35 years and 140 pounds ago. I returned here in October to take care of my old parents and have been weather miserable a lot. I do grab the bull by the horns and work outside even when I don't like it, I have become a bit acclimated, but not what I prefer. Never much liked the humidity here (part of the HOT equation, of course.) Sweat dripping onto my camera is not happy times.

    I noticed last fall and winter the coolest weather actually came in February and March, October into January amazingly warm.

    Anyway, just a realization and reality check that this boy ain't doing hot.....
    come on Paul, suck it up!!!!!!!
    go over to Myakka state park with a 8x20 and a horse blanket and go for it. If you don't get bit by mosquitoes and lost 10 lbs in water your not photographing in Florida.

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    LOL!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by michael9793 View Post
    come on Paul, suck it up!!!!!!!
    go over to Myakka state park with a 8x20 and a horse blanket and go for it. If you don't get bit by mosquitoes and lost 10 lbs in water your not photographing in Florida.

    mike a
    Presume you mean an 8x10, but I get it!

    I often think about William Henry Jackson photographing the west. Here's a snippet I just grabbed off of Wikipedia:

    Jackson worked in multiple camera and plate sizes, under conditions that were often incredibly difficult. His photography was based on the collodion process invented in 1848 and published in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer. Jackson traveled with as many as three camera-types-- a stereographic camera (for stereoscope cards), a "whole-plate" or 8x10" plate-size camera, and one even larger, as large as 18x22". These cameras required fragile, heavy glass plates (photographic plates), which had to be coated, exposed, and developed onsite, before the wet-collodion emulsion dried. Without light metering equipment or sure emulsion speeds, exposure times required inspired guesswork, between five seconds and twenty minutes depending on light conditions.

    Preparing, exposing, developing, fixing, washing then drying a single image could take the better part of an hour. Washing the plates in 160 °F hot spring water cut the drying time by more than half, while using water from snow melted and warmed in his hands slowed down the processing substantially. His photographic division of 5-7 men carried photographic equipment on the backs of mules and rifles on their shoulders - Siouxess still made scalping - Jackson's life experience (as military, as peaceful dealing with Indians) was welcomed. The weight of the glass plates and the portable darkroom limited the number of possible exposures on any one trip, and these images were taken in primitive, roadless, and physically challenging conditions. Once when the mule lost its footing, Jackson lost a month's work, having to return to untracked Rocky Mountain landscapes to remake the pictures, one of which was his celebrated view of the Mount of the Holy Cross.

    And I think I have it tough, at least a cold beer awaiting after sweating!

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    I have to wonder how Jackson would have dealt with our Summers - trekking thru marsh & swamp with temps & humidity near 100, being eaten by chiggers, no-see-ums, ticks, deer flies as well as mosquitoes, and trying to avoid gators, moccasins, rattle snakes and now pythons - while carrying LF & ULF camera gear. Makes me envious of his horse, mule & snow melt.
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    paul,
    I mean 8x20 or if you want to use a 8x10 it is just as bad under the cape. I was in the everglades shooting sunday and I don't think I found one spot on my shirt that was dry all day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by michael9793 View Post
    paul,
    I mean 8x20 or if you want to use a 8x10 it is just as bad under the cape. I was in the everglades shooting sunday and I don't think I found one spot on my shirt that was dry all day.


    mike
    I don't really know much about LF, but still am amazed at there being an 8x20. As in, wiiiiiiiide format? Or good for skyscraper architectural?? :rolleyes:

    Regardless, too damned hot/humid.

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    Wimps. Why I remember the first time going to a neighbor's house and standing in front of that big, noisy box in the window that amazingly blew cool air. Then I went home to be sprayed down with Black Flag just in time to run outside and join the other neighborhood kids running behind the DDT truck. Now that was the real Florida.
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    Ah, yes, the DDT truck

    Quote Originally Posted by juan View Post
    Wimps. Why I remember the first time going to a neighbor's house and standing in front of that big, noisy box in the window that amazingly blew cool air. Then I went home to be sprayed down with Black Flag just in time to run outside and join the other neighborhood kids running behind the DDT truck. Now that was the real Florida.
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    Because our home is on the outside of a sharp turn with water on the other side, the DDT guy used to come down the driveway to blast our property. Then we would run after the truck holding our breath as we went back and forth through the haze.

    Yet, here I am all these years later and I'm perfectly normal....perfectly normal....perfect..

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