Camachee Island as seen from the Schooner “Freedom” at Sunset

Sunset at Camachee Island

This is image contains Camachee Island and the Vilano Beach Bridge as seem from the Schooner “Freedom” on a moonlight cruise departing from St. Augustine.

Image captured with a Nikon D300, ISO 400, 1/50 sec at f/8.0 using an 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 36 mm.

Worlds Tallest Cross

Great Cross St. Augustine Florida

This image was captured while on a sunset cruise aboard the schooner “Freedom” in St. Augustine, Florida, USA. In the foreground you can see the schooner’s rigging and sails plus some of the passengers. In the background is a beautiful sunset and the Great Cross.

“The Great Cross”, which is 208 feet high, was erected in 1966 to celebrate the 400th anniversary and mark the location of the site where Christianity was first permanently planted in what is now the United States.

The image was captured using a Nikon D300 with a Nikon 18-200 mm f/3.5-56 lens. ISO 400 Exposure 1/320 sec at f/8.0 FocalLength 36 mm.

Early Morning Hunt

Northern Harrier Hawk

This morning shortly after sunrise I spotted a Northern Harrier Hawk hunting the salt marsh of Salt Run. I took a few pictures, but it was a long way off and the light was not bright enough to enable a fast shutter speed. It left the marsh and I continued photographing, a little later it returned and I was able to capture this in flight image without motion blur.

Picture was captured with a Nikon D70, ISO 320, Exposure 1/1250, Nikon 300mm 2.8 lens, f/5.6. Color corrected and cropped in Lightroom 3, then edited in Topaz Adjust 4 and applied the detail filter then made some minor adjustments.

Freedom and Black Raven at Dock

Freedom and Black Raven

This image was captured as our harbor tour boat was leaving the dock. Freedom and the Black Raven are waiting for their passengers to board at the City Dock in St. Augustine, FL, USA.


Image captured with a Nikon D70 using an 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon lens. Adjustments and cropping performed in Lightroom 3 and Image enhanced using Topaz Adjust 4 applying the Painting – Venice filter.

Schooner Freedom Underway

Schooner Freedom

Returning to the St. Augustine docks on the harbor cruise boat we saw the Schooner Freedom getting underway for its evening sail. In this picture it has left the docks and turned into the wind to raise its sails. Shortly after this picture was taken the Schooner went through the Bridge of Lions, requiring the bridge to open.

House on Water Street

While out on a photography walk on Saturday in St. Augustine, FL. spotted this house that was decorated in what I would call an Asian Motif. The house is located on Water Street in an older section of St. Augustine that few people visit. Thought you might enjoy seeing a part of St. Augustine that isn’t photographed constantly.

Lightroom 3 – Creating a Smart Collection

I am continuing the post where we renamed a virtual copy’s “Copy Name” to 5X7. This process has not been tested on Lightroom 2, but should work.

Smart collections are very useful because we do not have to place images directly into them because they populate automatically. I have found them useful as an organization tool to track pictures that I have cropped to different sizes to meet an array of printing requirements.

To create a smart collection select the “+” on the Collections tab.

A dropdown box appears. Select the “Create Smart Collection…” option.

The Create Smart Collection dialog box opens. There are two things we want to change in this dialog box, the name and the rule we are using. Change the default “Name” to 5X7 the name we used for our “Copy Name” in an earlier post.

Select the text “Rating” to see the available rules.

Select “Copy Name” from the list. The rule will not read “Copy Name” “Contains” followed by a blank text box. Enter “5X7” in the text box to automatically select all images that have 5X7 in their “Copy Name”. Select the “Create” button to create the Smart Collection.

In the Smart Collections tab we now see a collection named 5X7 that contains 83 images. I have also created Smart Collections for 8X10, 11X14 and 20X30 images.

Now if someone wants a 5X7 image it is easy to find. Hope this tip helps you get more organized and makes your life a little easier.