Movie Dome Day Two

This year we have enjoyed doing several photo trips with other photographers, so after the last trip with the “gang” at Fisheating Creek we decided we wanted to do it again, but where? Since Clyde wanted to photograph Movie Dome with water in it, we decided to meet there for another photo adventure together.

Early, early morning…the Gangs all here…Niki, Jeff, Rick, Kevin, Julie, John, Clyde

heading toward Movie Dome

getting closer…

Julie inside the dome

Once we all got inside the dome we spread out to find
our own photographic locations.

Clyde managed to shoot one photographic scene before the sun came up
and he could no longer photograph.

Jeff Ripple out in the pond visiting with the alligators while photographing.

Kevin Barrier setting up his camera.

Kevin and I having a shoot out – photographing each other!

Niki getting ready to photograph Kevin…he wasn’t the only wildlife in the swamp…

and speaking of wildlife…Elam and his son, Nick, showed up to do some filming of Clyde.

Elam making his way toward Movie Dome

Elam & Nick

Elam filming Clyde and gang…

I set my camera on my tripod, set the timer and then
ran so I could be in the picture with the gang too…I missed it! Running through water
is neither graceful or something an old fart like me can do, so Julie said
she’d try and her result was both graceful and accomplished! See image below…

Julie, Jeff, Rick, Niki, Clyde, Kevin, Nick, Elam, John

John making his way through the swamp carrying his 8×10 camera

Julie getting her camera ready for a shot

Elam filming Clyde and Niki working together

Clyde and Niki

Julie helping Rick with his camera. It is truly difficult working with a large format camera when you are knee deep in water. There is no place to set your back pack down so you can get at the camera. Rick was lucky Julie was in the area to help him!

Rick studying a scene

The sun finally got too high in the sky, the contrast was to great, we
had to stop photographing and head back to our vehicles.

I think Julie and I were the last to leave. It felt so good to be knee deep
in nature…the temperature was perfect, the scenery beautiful. We could
have stayed forever…

With everyone out of the swamp our next decision was where to go for lunch…BUT…it never fails when you get a bunch of photographers together, technical information abounds and the discussions never cease. And so, the discussions began, then went on and on and on…FINALLY we took off for lunch…
Kevin brought out his 6×17 camera for all of us to experience. What a great angle of view! It was fun talking about the camera and the technical stuff associated with it and then…the conversation went totally technical.

It is a amazing the joy these guys get out of that kind of conversation. It is just fun watching the animation in their faces while they talk with such love about the technical this and technical that!
At a certain point I give up…give me talk about sunsets, soft breezes and swaying palms and I can listen forever…

And so I left them to their particular joy and walked around photographing the picnic area:

The Everglades National Park recently had a controlled burn in the area. The trunks of the trees were still black and the new grass was coming up. With back-lighting the scene looked wonderful..even though you can see the road to the campgrounds in the background.

After awhile we all decided to take off for a quick look at the Payhayokee boardwalk. It is a great place for summer storms, but this day was without impressive clouds, so we all just wanted to take a look for future reference.

Not many clouds, but still a very peaceful scene.

With one last look out over the beautiful grass of Payhayokee I let my heart soar into forever. I took a deep breath and prayed for peace and respect for others this coming new year.

photos by Niki, Kevin, Julie & Rick

Clyde Butcher www.clydebutcher.com
Kevin Barrier www.kevinWbarrier.com
John Brady www.timeandlight.com
Rick Cruz www.rickcruz.com
Jeff Ripple www.jeffripple.com
Elam Stoltzfus www.liveoakproductiongroup.com

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