Ft Lauderdale Thanksgiving Trip [Pic Heavy]

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by jloden, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    This Thanksgiving my wife and I met up with my mother and step-father in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a short vacation. My mother lives several states away and is in poor health (kidney failure, currently in need of a transplant) so it is difficult for her to travel, and we see each other infrequently. This was a unique opportunity to get some time away and enjoy time as a family all in one shot.

    Naturally, I brought along my camera and a few lenses (G5 + 12-35mm, 25mm f/1.4, 45mm f/1.8, 100-300mm) and took lots of pics to commemorate the trip, so I thought I'd share with you all here. For those so inclined, the full set is available on the Flickr album. Comments are always welcome, provided they're of the constructive variety :wink:

    We saw some Florida wildlife this trip we don't often get at home, such as egrets, various sea birds, and this little guy who was sunning himself outside a diner

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    My wife found us a really nice little condo a couple blocks from the beach and they had some great landscaping surrounding a nice pool & jacuzzi. Quite a comfortable trip and no more expensive than a typical hotel.

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    As you'd expect we enjoyed some time down by the beach, but it was disheartening to see that the beach has eroded to a tiny strip of sand and at high tide the water was actually washing up onto the road. In fact, while we were there a big chunk of the road collapsed into the ocean... does not bode well for the oceanfront property owners!

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    Given this was a rare family trip many of my photos were geared more toward snapshots and impromptu portraits. I was really grateful for the high ISO performance of the G5 and the fast 25mm f/1.4 to capture some of the moments that would have been impossible otherwise.

    A few from our dinner at Thasos Greek Taverna - excellent food, great atmosphere/design - definitely recommended!

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    We also visited a local flea market and the HUGE "Swap Shop" market as well, which offered quite a bewildering array of goods both new and used for cheap prices. We got a kick out of the unusual clothing styles, which were altogether different than what we see back home in NJ :smile:

    Oh, and yes I did spot some cameras - an old OM-G (badly beat up and heavy with fungus) and a 28mm Vivitar which was in decent shape. I bought the Vivitar and it'll get passed along to a buddy who has my old GF2.

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    Our last stop before the airport was the nearby Palm Beach Zoo, where lugging the 100-300mm finally paid off :biggrin:

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    My favorite shots from the zoo had to be of the Jaguar enclosure - I was expecting lousy results due to the chain link fence in the way but I was able to capture some credible images of these beautiful cats. (More in the Flickr album)

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    After the zoo we headed to the airport, surrounded by an absolutely gorgeous red-orange sunset that was the perfect way to finish out the trip. Hope you all enjoyed, thanks for looking!

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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Great shots, beautiful colors! :cool:
     
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  3. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Really nice set, Jay! Being a sucker for animal photography, I especially like your zoo shots with the Panny 100-300... Those large cats are awesome... nicely captured expressions. :thumbup: Makes me miss my mZD 75-300. :( I know I keep on saying this but we need a MFT version of the 50-200/2.8-3.5 like yesterday. Was the lizard (awesome shot as well) taken with the 100-300? If so, nice macro capability.
     
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  4. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Yeah I would be all for a 50-200mm 2.8-3.5 option myself & I hope Olympus (or Panasonic for that matter) comes out with one soon.

    The lizard was done with the Panasonic 12-35mm - it has great close focus ability which I find really adds to the versatility. Unfortunately the 35-100mm doesn't share that particular trait.
     
  5. yekimrd

    yekimrd Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 14, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    Mikey
    Wow, that's a nice added ability for that very versatile lens. What's the minimum focusing distance on that, would you know (or I could look it up, too)? But I used to love using the 75-300 (and I'm sure the 100-300 is the same way as is a good number of telephotos) for close-up/quasi-macro flower shots.

    Thanks again for sharing!
     
  6. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Jay
    Yeah, .25m is the close focus I think on the 12-35mm.

    The 100-300 can work decently for close-ups too, thanks to the long reach. I actually did make one of a flower at the zoo with the 100-300, but didn't end up posting it.