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Florida Keys Photography & Film

Florida Keys Photography & Film

The Most Beautiful Places For Florida Keys Photography & Film

1. Iconic Largo Resort is tucked away on the edge of the world.

if you told me I’d only shoot photo and film here until the day my hands can no longer hold a camera I’d tell you that is just 100% fine. thanks. because this is a heavenly spot.

Florida Keys Photography & Film

These are not all secrets. Nor are they necessarily public. But most importantly they are my faves, and I live here. They are my faves because the best things have happened here. For so many people. Weddings, engagements, coming of ages and turning 21’s and family cuddles.

And now you know someone who knows the most Beautiful Places For Florida Keys Photography & Film. Don’t worry the list is always growing.

So let’s take a trip down the Overseas Scenic Highway, an All American Road and see one of the reasons this US1 merits those names. Could be on account of all those bridges over all that azure blue water on each side.

Atlantic Ocean or Florida Bay & Gulf of Mexico…it is really pretty.

2. Miraculous Snake Creek Bridge

One of my favourite places to shoot photographs, seriously, is a bridge. Right in the middle. If you want boats. Ocean views. Kite surfers. A bridge opening and closing.

The best place is 20 feet to the south side of the crack of Snake Creek bridge. The mile marker … and Lat Long…. Snake Creek Bridge is in Islamorada.

You can see the US Coast Guard Station looking to the bay side and the open azure glistening ocean over the other. And the beauty of this spot is it’s right next to the bridge guard…the person that raises the bridge when a boat that’s too big goes under from Ocean to Bay or vice versa.

If, like me, you want premium boating and Keys life style film and photography, those amazing and beautiful birds, jet skiis, and boats in motion, you want to fly your drone to capture them?

This is the BEST spot. Only downside it’s on the side of US1. YEP! Standing just north of the incline to Snake Creek bridge there is a lay-by. Where a car can pull off and sit out of traffic. The bridge opens on the hour, every hour, it is a perfect spot to be there ahead of time and shoot time-lapse. That would be my suggestion.

3. Simple Wonderful Rowell’s Marina.

Florida Keys Photography & Film
Rowell’s Marina – A Perfect Portrait Backdrop
Sunset – And 30 Minutes After
Key Largo Public Parks

4. John Pennekamp State Park

All of it, but also, actually the road leading to it outside, adjacent to US1’s scenic overseas highway, that All American Road, that one……actually, the walking pathway that leads right past it’s front door and the Tamarind Trail. Two of my very favourite spots on earth.

5. Key Haven Key

My newest most favourite place in the Florida Keys is Key Haven. No pale in particular here, just grab the camera, the sd cards and head down towards Key West, stopping to look at some of the most gorgeous neighbourhoods in the Florida Keys.

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Really Good Film & Pretty Good Photography

January has been a whirl wind month, while we determinedly continue to make really good film, the trend that began in 2018 towards pretty good photography, has become a constant parallel path upon which we find ourselves. Improving both fine photographic skills with family portraits and engagements, and weddings, as well as yacht film, business promos and featured wedding films.

Photographic and Film clientele are about the same in frequency now. In the wedding world, we have had some big wins with featured stories in wedding magazines, and the first engagement shoot, on the beach at the Hampton Inn, and our first family photo shoot for a famous nutritionist and celebrity chef, Katherine Mattox.

When I say photography is keeping pace with the film production. I pinch myself. I asked a very famous photographer (no names) what he would do, when I have this talent for film but love photography as much, he said pick one. I said I can’t. He said, well pick one for now, then pick the other in a year.

SO YOU LOVE FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY, WELL PICK ONE FOR NOW THEN PICK THE OTHER IN A YEAR

– anonymous famous photographer

Our tech has kept pace with the demands of 6 hour hot sun, ocean, sand, drunken wedding guests, wayward dogs, 100’s of thousands of miles of air travel. Wanting to share this almost end of January post to help anyone who is into this business, get a comparable view of what we use. Also, if you have a comment that would help us improve our work, please please share it in the comments. Only useful and positive comments are allowed here. We have a standard of polite and respectful behaviour.

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

THE best film and photography. Since January 1 2020 no drones have flown away or sunk beneath the waves. (Actually since January 1 2019 also) but Murphy’s law says something rubbish will happen eventually, but until it does this year has been a 100% visually creative winner.

QUALITY EQUIPMENT

The equipment is still all Sony Alpha 7RII AND A9 – lenses of note are the new Sony macro lens for the studio jewellery photography, and the drones are still the DJI Inspire 1 with the Zenmuse X5s and the Mavic 2 Pro with the Hasselblad Camera and the GoPro Karma Drone with the GoPro Hero 7 on board.

MAGLITE

The biggest change this year was the addition of ‘Maglites’ to the collection. Magnetic lighting system, keeps the white diffuser (and any other magnetic filter) strongly on the flash so you don’t get that harsh shadow blasting in the face. I use my flashes a lot for people and dog portraits. Lovely soft light is a magic specialty that we are always testing and perfecting, fine tuning. Light is the key to everything.

TASCAM REVELATION IN AUDIO

Audio has been boosted by the new technology of digital audio recording with the Tascam line of products. I remember one wedding when the groom sweated so much the mic unit shorted and I lost all the audio. Except the back up, which was thankfully good enough. Tascam is a solid digital audio recorder small enough to go in a tight jeans pocket and is worn by the speaker. On board sd card records it all so even if it dies from salt immersion the sd will still have the content. SD’s are surprisingly water resistant.

MacBook Pro ‘ARE YOU KEEPING THAT?’

Bought with the promise I’d return it before the return by date, I had one job after another following the purchase of this machine of magic. So I justified keeping it, since I needed to keep editing, since then I’ve been asked by all our Christmas holiday skiing gang from Vermont, everyone wants to know, ‘do you still have it, are you keeping the MacBook??’

Gosh. Human behaviour 101. I failed to live up to my word. But I’m afraid I don’t care this time. Because, another revelation; a MacBook Pro is fabulous for editing mobile.

It isn’t cheap and it isn’t so small with the 16″ screen, but it’s a powerful beastie. I tried editing on the road from Key Largo to VT with a Surface Pro but that was uncommonly slow and painful. That took 1 day to edit a 10 minute clip. It took me one afternoon to finish the entire hour of footage into a beautiful 10 minute 3 minute and 1 minute edit on the MacBook Pro. I LOVE this machine; YES you’ll need an external storage ssd. I have 2TB it’s fantastic. Get the quality SanDisk with the USB C and your problems will go away. I seem to burn battery fast.

BATTERY AZIZ!

Premiere Pro full 90 minutes of film content edited into 3 minutes and Lightroom CC 1500 photographs edited into 240 perfect shots uploaded to our http://www.nadakhalafjones.com gallery. That is basic day of editing for me. But I find the battery dies quite fast. Often see the end of the battery, completely, before I’m done editing. I want more juice guys. So, I’d say about a 2 out of 5 on battery. I don’t care if it isn’t supposed to last that long. FIX IT.

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Proposals Of Marriage Are A Serious Business

Proposals of marriage are a tentative and nerve wrecking time for the one proposing and the one being proposed to. Proposals of marriage are meant to shake you to your core. It’s a seriously earth shaking decision. And the impact is so broad, not quite like a ripple on a lake, more like a tidal wave. Everyone you know and love will be impacted. It’s love, why be surprised? And it’s no surprise when we experience a seriously sharp increase in heart rate, our pupils dilate and the endorphins rage, maybe we should classify proposals of marriage as an ‘extreme sport?’

ADD IN THE CHALLENGE OF THE RIGHT TYPE & SIZE OF RING, FLOWERS, CORK POPPING, PHOTOGRAPHER, LOCATION AND TIMING! It’s a spell binding and dizzying ride, for sure.

Nerves Are Expected When Proposing

And what a relief when your beloved one says YES! These smiles and sighs of relief are genuinely not scripted at all. It’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had with a photographic client. The intensity is really massive.

Whether you are proposing a new idea to a client or to your children for a new meal plan that cuts out meat – proposals of every kind in life, are a challenge. I proposed less meat on the menu this month – I was successful. But it would have really upset me if it had failed. I like animals too much.

Right? I mean, we ask for someone to be with us for the rest of our lives and they may need some time to think about it. In this case, with these two amazing young people, that was a short space of about 5 seconds.

Proposing Marriage!

Getting down on one knee is a vulnerable place to be. Truly, it’s when you put yourself below your intended. You look up into their eyes and basically beg them to have you for richer or poorer and until death do you part! Proposing marriage isn’t to be taken lightly. And yet many people do find themselves divorcing. And re-marrying.

Proposals of Marriage are a Seriously Serious Business

She really really energised everyone around here at the Hampton Inn in Key largo, with that smile and that radiance.

Seriously, though, proposals of marriage are seriously a serious business. Many lives change in that instant. You – whether on bended knee or free falling from 13,000 ft – yes sky diving proposals happen too – you go from being single, and hopeful, to being stunned and possibly committed!

Best practice I’d say is be some place where you are happy at the beach or wherever you are comfortable, because you will go from calm and coasting along to suddenly shocked, head spinning like a top, thousands of questions, definitely a gut reaction and adrenaline flowing. And hopefully a ‘yes’ will come out of your mouth and precipitate the kind of smiles only that ‘yes’ can generate!

Saying this makes me wonder whether a proposal of marriage shouldn’t be classed as an ‘extreme sport!’ Seriously – your heart beat increases, your pupils dilate, you experience a hit of endorphins for sure. And then what …. you hear yourself saying the words that will – in an inevitable wedding event a few months along – change your entire world and that of your family members. WOW! No pressure or anything!! Wooh!

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