Sherry Icardi  

Sunrise  on Captiva Island by Sherry Icardi

May 2020 - Sunrise on Captiva Island

About the Image(s)

This was taken last year on our annual family vacation in Captiva Island, Florida. Many people know Sanibel Island better than Captiva but they are both right off the coast of Ft. Meyer, Florida. Beautiful place with a very slow pace and lots of family time! There is a T-dock at the northern tip of the island facing east which allows us to capture sunrise as well as sunset on the Gulf side , just 1/4 mile apart.

Taken with Nikon D850 and my Tamron 15-30mm F 2.8 on tripod
1/100 sec at 15mm.
ISO 200

14 comments posted

David Stickney   David Stickney
Beautiful image Sherry! The cloud formations are stunning.

I am curious, do you use a ND Filter system for your 15-30 and if so, which one? Im shopping.   Posted: 05/09/2020 17:28:12
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I'm not a fan of filters they are cumbersome (and I'm clumsy enough) and with the Nikon 850 I have an incredible dynamic range so I tend to accomplish the same thing post processing. There are many folks who swear by them but I've not been converted, yet. Most of my images are animals and nature which also makes them not as useful! Perhaps someone in the group can chime in!   Posted: 05/10/2020 12:33:18
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Hi guys, I'm chiming in. ND filters are good, particularly graduated ones. Sometimes I use them, sometimes I don't, then look back at the images later and wish I had. Expensive brands like Lee, Nissi & Tiffen are out of my budget, so I use Cokin and am happy with the results. One good thing about them is they come in different strengths and you can use more than one if you want. Nothing to stop you using a stronger one to tone down a bright sky, and also use a weaker one upside down to tone down a bright foreground. I'm now going to ring the chiming bell above Peter's head.   Posted: 05/13/2020 03:30:59

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
A stunner in every way Sherry. Great depth by using foreground and background elements and that curving line is used just right. As David said, the clouds are spectacular, you were blessed that morning. And since when does Sherry shoot a fast shutter speed with water, that's unheard of ;) but how good are those ripples in bottom right. I was super picky with Nok, so for consistency I should be here too. The main red buoy doesn't really bother me, but that little one right up at the pier does, as does that "thing" on the right margin. But I still wish I had taken this shot.   Posted: 05/12/2020 04:47:34
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Point well taken, Easy to remove those red buoys. I think I would take out both, not just one. That is a tree branch and I thought I had removed it.....but guess not! Since you spoke up, the birds are blurry (they were moving fast - almost dead center) and my shutter speed had no hope of getting them even close to focused...... would you clone those out as well? Pelicans are very active right before the sun comes up and do a fly by every morning. Though this was the best morning. I try every day while I am in Captiva, even if it is such an ungodly hour of the morning, just hoping that the horizon will be like this. I usually only get one really spectacular day .....

Not sure it is going to happen this is reserved but not sure how it is going to play out. Would be the first year we have missed since 2011.   Posted: 05/12/2020 13:01:40
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
I have finished work for the day, been to the shops quickly and am enjoying a glass of wine, just one. Searching everywhere for these distracting birds of yours, and only found them after 5 minutes when I read your comment again about them being almost dead center. I was beginning to think you were playing with my head. Me, in super picky mode, did not even see them until you told us, so there is your answer. Birds are to be expected near water ways, that's where they live. If cloning them out makes you more comfortable with the final image, then do so, but in my humble opinion, they don't detract from the image in the slightest. PS there is a wombat in your other email.   Posted: 05/13/2020 03:23:11
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Tried a little bit of everyones suggestion .......   Posted: 05/18/2020 14:24:35
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Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful capture. The cloud and sky are beautiful. The composition is very nice. The contrast colors of the cloud and the sky are very nice also. I think if you darken the upper left side of the sky a little bit, the sky could look more dramatic.   Posted: 05/12/2020 18:52:44
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Hi Peter, what are your thoughts about ND filters in relation to David's question above?   Posted: 05/13/2020 03:32:11
Nock Wong   Nock Wong
The ND filter work well for waterfall or landscape and does not work well on sunrise or sunset. The GND filter will work well for sunrise and sunset.   Posted: 05/13/2020 10:55:14
Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
As Nock said, I usually used ND filter for waterfall or long exposure. I am not a fan of GND filter especially if the background has lot of mountains or buildings. Usually I use bracketing to take several different exposures of sunset and sunrise photos, and use luminosity mask technique for post-processing if the dynamic range of sunset/sunrise is too high.   Posted: 05/17/2020 23:12:22

Nock Wong   Nock Wong
This is a lovely image Sherry. The sky is phenomenal. Love the reflection and the waves in the water. I particularly like the rocks on foreground. Nice job!   Posted: 05/13/2020 10:33:24

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Really beautiful. Nothing to add to such a comprehensive discussion! The clouds and the rocks make the image. Since the photo is about sunrise, I would have preferred to have a bit of sunshine (just a bit) on the rocks. Maybe simply lighten it in the right?   Posted: 05/18/2020 00:04:50

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Sherry -
Love the colors and the detail of the clouds - great. Sorry I am running a little late - but it appears some of the discussion is on ND filters. Yes they are a pain and can slow you down, but I use them and I think they are great.

Just two things that pop out to me - the palm trees are a tad dark and the lower right is a tad bright. OK maybe not a tad bright. The color reflecting on the water is way cool and the color on the rocks is great. Lovely shot.   Posted: 05/21/2020 15:20:56


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