This post contains four different image slideshows.
1. Fine Art Images from Bear Island
2. Documentary Images from Bear Island
3. Images of my guests Seth and Ari
4. Photographs by Seth Fogelman of myself.
Gallery Hours are Monday – Thursday 9am-3pm. When possible, I try and camp Friday through Sunday during the cooler months here in SW Florida.
On Friday January 9th, I jumped in the FJ Cruiser and found myself in a completely removed environment by late afternoon. I had been to Bear Island before but had never camped. What an amazing place for a multitude of reasons. The Everglades landscapes (diversity of habitat) are gorgeous, the remoteness, (20 dirt road miles from the nearest paved road) and only $10 per night. Some of the amenities are: amazing campsites with privacy, newer tables on concrete slabs, more bathrooms than expected, and no running water or electrical hook-ups which means no RVs. That is a big positive for me. There are also access points to ORV (off road vehicle) trails, great hiking and cycling spots. I camped for two nights and three days, just enough time to unwind – and suddenly find myself back in Naples on Monday finishing my once a week photo blog post. There are some great photos and experiences to be had at Bear Island – Please do not tell too many people about it.
Bear Island – Fine Art Photographs
The majority of the fine art photographs art taken at sunset on January 10th and sunrise January 11th. The sunset photographs vary based upon exposure time. I underexpose to silhouette the trees and I also found myself trying to overexpose once the sun started to soften so I could expose for the foreground also. Hopefully you notice the image composition changing along with which parts of the trees I am photographing. The horizon line (if there is one) I try to keep in different places, and I constantly keep moving my feet to find different angles. The morning shots I changed the aperture, more so than the shutter speed, relative from the night before, testing various depths of field when shooting the cypress trees up close.
Towards the end of the slideshow there are a couple of night shots. In a nutshell I don’t use photoshop, I use Lightroom which is a very simplified version of photoshop along with its library catalog management system. I made very few alterations to the two moonshots that I am sure will leave you questioning how the images were taken. I chalk it up to moisture in the air, fortuitous timing and one too many beers that turned out in my favor.
Bear Island – Documentary Photographs
The documentary photographs are a basic pictorial of the campgrounds of Bear Island and the individual campsite.
Bear Island – Pictures of my guests, Ari and Seth
Bear Island – Photographs of Josh by Seth Fogelman
Seth is an avid amateur photographer who has an artistic eye combined with creative ability. It was great fun to document one another and to have images I would otherwise never have, and potentially great marketing images. Make sure to take photographs of one another when your out in the “field”.