Tag Archives: Florida Keys

New Web Site

Check out the new website.  Stop in and browse by clicking on Pete Bacheler Photography.

New “Standout” Prints Available

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Pete Bacheler Photography New “Standout” prints on sale at Craig’s Restaurant, 90154 Overseas Highway bay side. Mention this blog page and enjoy a piece of Key Lime pie on the house. Each 8X12 inch print is mounted on 0.75 inch black edge form core ready to hang. Bring a little tropical color to your place and enjoy.  For price and purchase information on line email me directly at flphoto@mac.com.  No, for email orders I can’t ship the Key Lime pie.

Overcast and Drab Turned Around

I met with Gina and Nick late last week.  They had flown into the Florida Keys for a friends wedding and wanted to create their own engagement photos while in Key Largo.  The weather was overcast and generally yucky do to tropical storm Debby.  If you’ve ever wondered why you see photographers using flash during the day time these samples will illustrate why.  The first image in the sequence below shows just how drab it was. The images that follow were created the same way (aperture priority) but with fill flash.  Ambient light provided the overall exposure for the image and the flash filled in the scene with enough light to bring up the colors and detail.  The results are considerably different.  In those images where the fill seems to be coming from a different angle it is — the flash was moved off camera.   The side lighting on the dock used the flash off to the right side, below and about 5 feet from the camera.  The Royal Poinciana was done with fill flash coming up from the bottom at arms length left of the camera.  So the next time you think the drab scene will ruin the photo opportunity, turn on the flash and use it to fill in a little extra light, and to vary the result a bit more, move the flash off camera and turn the power of the flash up or down to change the result.


North Key Largo Missile Site Today

Nelson Sanchez and his wife Rosa took a few friends through a portion of the long ago decommissioned North Key Largo Missile Site on SR905.  The Battery B Nike site was operational in June 1965 and closed in June 1979.  The images below show the long since used radar control room, support towers for the radar domes that looked like golf balls, barracks, shower facilities and generator rooms.  The Key Largo HM40 Nike Hercules site is now under control of the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.

Some of the images were taken using the High Dynamic Range technique with a little artistic license from me.  My thanks to Nelson for his workshop and to the information provided by him from historian Jerry Wilkinson.

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Changes to class schedule . . .

A few changes to the FKCC class schedule have occurred.  Digital photography at FKCC campus in Marathon has a new start date (see below) to attract more students.  The Introduction to Photoshop is on hold while FKCC approves classroom location changes.  Digital Photography on the Coral Shores campus of FKCC has started and if you sign up this week there is time to join the class.

Digital Photography Coral Shores campus 8 weeks beginning 1/10/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.
Digital Photography Marathon HS campus 8 weeks beginning 1/25/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.

Digital Photography & Photoshop Classes Begin . . .

Here’s the latest Florida Keys Community College course information for Digital Photography and introduction to Photoshop.
Digital Photography Coral Shores campus 8 weeks beginning 1/10/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.
Digital Photography Marathon HS campus 8 weeks beginning 1/11/12 6-8 p.m. $120. Call 305-809-3185 to register.
Introduction to Photoshop Marathon campus 6 weeks beginning 1/19/11 6-8 p.m. $160. Call 305-809-3185 to register.

Caribbean Resort, Islamorada

One of the best kept secrets in Islamorada, sport fishing capital of the world, is a small hotel and vacation rental property called Caribbean Resort. I stopped in the other day to speak with the owner Phil Sena. After our conversation I walked around the property for a few minutes and created the images presented here.

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Cuban Treefrog

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Islamorada, Florida, Cheeca Lodge & Spa

A New Year’s Eve fire 12/31/08 destroyed the main lodge building at Cheeca Lodge & Spa resort complex in Islamorada, Florida.

Less than a year later the main building, restaurants and resort complex is up and operating and looking forward to another busy season.