Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sunrise Skyway-Classic Ernie

Here's a classic sunrise for you. This shot of the Sunshine Skyway was taken from Ft Desoto early on a Saturday morning. (For all you out-of-towners, the Sunshine Skyway runs across the mouth of Tampa Bay and connects St. Pete to Bradenton, Florida.) I was lucky to be there at the right time of year in order for the sun to actually come up between the towers. And then to be on the right section of beach at just the moment the sun peeped over the horizon. And then the luck that I could actually see the horizon on that particular day. All in all it made for a quite glorious shot. The great blue heron in the shot is just icing on the cake!

I'm submitting this shot to Photo Friday, as my first entry in their weekly photo contest. I don't think they really have a 'winner' for that contest, but at least I may get a little exposure for my humble blog. Their theme for the week is orange, so I'm sure they'll get more sunrises and sunsets than they know what to do with.


  1. which camera do you employ? Please dont force me to read all your posts since creation...answer and stop! cheers

  2. Fair question. I'm currently using a Nikon 5700, which is a 5 megapixel digital camera with an 8X zoom lens. I've had it for two years this month, and last weekend it lost a couple of pixels on the sensor (a little green dot and a little blue dot on all the pics), so right after the 4th of July, it's going into the shop for repairs. 60,000 pictures I've taken with it in those two years, so I guess I should expect it to start having problems.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  4. I found you by randomly leafing through blogs.

    Nice image, best of luck with Photo Friday!

  5. You are right -- it is a glorious shot! Really like it a lot and appreciate you sharing it. 60K shots on that 5700??? That gives me hope for my Nikons...

  6. 60,000 is only what I've shot on it. I bought the camera used, and I believe the previous owner had a little over 6,000 shots on it. It's still in very nice shape, other than the pixel problem. I'm hoping to replace it with the Nikon 8800 someday, if I don't decide to go whole-hog and get a digital SLR and quit monkeying around!


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