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Anclote River & Anclote Key

On SundayApril 27, the West Pasco Camera Club had an early evening outing to photograph the inner-coastal area of Tarpon Springs and Anclote Key, Florida.  There were approximately 20 members of the club that participated.  The cost for the photography shoot was $20/person.  The transportation for the photography shoot was conducted by Island Paradise Charter Tours. Our captain was captain Bob. The boat used was a 40′ catamaran pontoon boat.

The Island Paradise Tours are located at the Magnuson Hotel (formally the Ramada Inn Bayside Marina and Resort) on the southbound side of RT 19 in New Port Richey.  Their website is www.islandparadisecharters.com.

We began by exiting through a channel to the inner-coastal waterway.  There were several opportunities to photograph mangroves, as well as wild life, in this area.  Once we entered the inner-coastal, there were several opportunities to photograph the ospreys, pelicans and other seabird that make this area their home.

Since both my assistant and I went on the photography excursion, I took both the Canon EOS 5D as well as the Sony NEX 7.  I brought along a couple of lenses for the Canon but ended up only using the 24 to 70 millimeter equipped with image stabilization as the other one I brought along, the Canon long lens 70 to 200, did not have image stabilization.  I am usually very good at holding steady but with the motion of the water and the vibration of the boat, every photograph I took with this lens was blurry.  So the lesson learned here is if you are going to do hand held photography from a boat make sure you have a camera or a lens with image stabilization.  The Sony camera had image stabilization built into the camera and not the lens, so the images taken with that camera turned out well.  However, I did brace myself against a part of the super structure of the boat.   All of the photographs taken with the Canon 5D had minimum amount of blur when taken with an image stabilized lens.

From my point of view, some of the best photographic opportunities occurred during the next phase of the trip as we traveled up the Anclote River to Tarpon Springs.  Once we reached the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks we turned around and went back out to the inner coastal waterway. then back out to the inner-coastal.  There were great opportunities to shoot both landscape, as well as nature, photography.  We passed by several Osprey nests and sea birds such as Pelicans, Herons and Egrets were in abundance.  There were also large areas of mangroves, pines and palmetto palms.  I took several photographs that I liked during this phase of the photography shoot.

Anclote River Landscape 1

Anclote River Landscape 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anclote River Landscape 2

Anclote River Landscape 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anclote River Landscape 3

Anclote River Landscape 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anclote River Landscape 4

Anclote River Landscape 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anclote River Landscape 5

Anclote River Landscape 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anclote River Landscape 6

Anclote River Number 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shooting Anclote Key Lighthouse at sunset was next on the agenda.  This was the reason we had chosen this particular excursion.  We arrived just as the sun was beginning to set.  I would have liked for us to stay until it got completely dark but I was not in charge. In truth, the images would have probably gotten very blurry if we had stayed much longer.

Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island are the areas that make up the Anclote Key State Park.  Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Anclote Key Preserve State Park is accessible only by private boat or ferry service. The 403-acre park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover. A picturesque 1887 lighthouse stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island. Visitors can swim and sunbathe at the beach, fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night of primitive camping under the stars. There are no provisions offered on the island, so be prepared to bring your own water and supplies.  Ferry service to the island is offered by Sun Line Cruises(727) 944-4468 and Sponge-O-Rama (727) 943-2164. These ferries both leave from Tarpon Springs’ historic Sponge Docks. Ferry services do not drop visitors off for overnight camping. You must have your own transportation to stay overnight. Dogs are allowed only on North Anclote Bar.   Island Paradise Charters (877-774-0589) and Windsong Charters Windsong Charters (727)859-0213) both run charters from Pasco County.

Anclote Key Light

Anclote Key Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Lupe - Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Miss Lupe – Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the photographs presented as a part of this Blog have been processed in Adobe Photoshop Light room.

 

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