Animals have always had a way of moving me one way or another from a very young age. My household growing up was never lacking a furry four-legged friend. I believe that many animals whether domesticated or living in the wild, are far more intelligent than many people give them credit for. However, the world seems to be changing and more and more people are adopting pets in need into their homes and spending time and donating money to animal awareness organizations. It is quite often I am scrolling through my social media feeds when a heartwarming story pops up regarding some animal that grabs my attention and pulls at my heart strings.
There are many places I have wanted to visit throughout the world to view these spectacular creatures since a young age. Now that I have a greater interest in photography, I really yearn to visit some if not all of the places on the list below.
After just over a month in South Florida, my time having fun in the sun is finally coming to an end. I was excited to leave the brutally frigid Toronto winter and embrace the warm, tropical Miami air. I had my usual list compiled of all the places I wanted to shoot as I always do before I venture anywhere. However, my list doesn’t usually get fulfilled for one reason or another due to unforeseen circumstances. I often take for granted the amount of time I have to complete my wish-list.
In Miami I was fortunate to have stayed in a condo situated 48 stories up in the downtown area (as I mentioned in a previous article) which was facing due west and perfect for capturing sunsets. Every evening that I was at my temporary abode, I would patiently watch the sky hoping to capture something spectacular through my lens.
I feel like I have been trapped indoors in the Great White North for ages due to the horrific Toronto weather. I have had the worst cabin fever ever and was dying to be able to shoot outdoors but my body immediately rejects the cold as soon as I take one step outside. So here I am in beautiful sunny Miami Beach and am finally able to dust off the cobwebs from my camera and shoot outside.
I was thrilled to escape the early signs of the harsh Toronto weather and bask in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic sun in early November. My primary reason for vacationing in the Caribbean was to attend one of my girlfriend’s wedding. Visiting someplace new is always an exciting opportunity for me to be able to add more photos to my travel portfolio. It also allows me the opportunity to improve the images I wasn’t happy with the last time I visited a similar destination as well as capture things I did not have the chance to photograph in previous trips.
Also, this holiday gave me the opportunity to shoot with my new Sony A7 for the second time. I am accustomed to traveling with my Canon 70D, lugging around a massive backpack and two tripods. When I switched to the Sony A7 I was able to downsize my camera bag to something that would not break my back.
For those who are not very familiar with geography, Key West is a tiny island at the end of the “keys” in Florida (Take a look at the map). The keys are an archipelago of very small islands connected by a dozen of bridges. It’s the state route number 1 in Florida and the old town of key west is the mile 0. One of the bridges is called the “7 mile bridge”. No need to tell you why. I got the chance to visit this marvelous city last june, let me take you to a city tour in this very exotic and photogenic atmosphere! Continue reading Amazing Locations: Key West, Florida→