Joan Funk  

Cypress Gardens by Joan Funk

May 2023 - Cypress Gardens

May 2023 - Joan Funk


About the Image(s)

We drove 3 hours to Winter Haven, Florida to see the Cypress Gardens water ski show. Cypress Gardens was a world-famous show that flourished from 1942 to 2009 when it was shut down and the property was purchased for the Legoland theme park. The water skiers wanted their legacy to continue, so they arranged to give a free show on the third Saturday of every month at Silver Lake, near Legoland in Winter Haven. I was delighted to photograph the beautiful show.

I took this image with my Sony A6300 camera's 18-300mm lens at 1/1250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 1000. I straightened and cropped the image, removed the police car from the grass behind the skiers, and used Topaz DeNoise to remove noise. I did no other edits.

8 comments posted

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
I remember this show from the past. Good composition and editing. No suggestions.   Posted: 05/07/2023 16:37:03

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Excellent action shot. Composition, lighting and sharpness are good. You have removed the vehicles from the background perfectly. No suggestions from my side. Well done.   Posted: 05/09/2023 08:52:04

Renee Nalley   Renee Nalley
Nice job in removing the distractions from the image. It makes a difference. The rule of thirds works well here as it shows them floating forward into the empty space to the right.   Posted: 05/16/2023 11:00:57

Darlene Elwin   Darlene Elwin
Your crop looks just right. I love the vibrant colors of the costumes. The image has a lot of energy to it. I'm drawn in to see the various expressions on their faces.

How do the kids on top get up there?   Posted: 05/18/2023 01:42:30
Joan Funk   Joan Funk
They start out side by side and, one at a time, those who need to get higher start climbing. It's quite a feat.   Posted: 05/28/2023 08:21:02

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Joan, this image brings back so many memories of this wonderful attraction! I think you handled the processing perfectly. What is your secret for getting so many skiers so sharp?   Posted: 05/28/2023 07:31:50
Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Thanks to everyone for your comments. Terry, it's the camera (Sony A6300), my wonderful new Tamron lens - 18-300mm, and the higher ISO which gives me such a fast shutter speed. That's my guess.   Posted: 05/28/2023 08:24:33

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
Atractive, sharp and colorful image, good composition. Your processing is also good.   Posted: 05/29/2023 16:28:10


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