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Jeffrey L. Harwell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/16/2008
 

Photo Suggestions for Key West, FL


Hello everyone! My girlfriend and I will be traveling to Key West, Florida for vacation this coming April and I was looking for ideas for photos before I go. Obviously, I will come up with ideas for when I'm there - but I was wondering if anyone had ideas as for beaches to go to for sunrise, sunset, or other local intersts. I know there is a butterfly sanctuary there that we plan on going to, but does anyone have any other ideas?


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1/21/2009 10:32:15 AM

 
W.  Smith VIII
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"does anyone have any other ideas?"

Sure, Jeff, there's plenty to take pictures off in Key West. There are a some 'cult' places that every visitor must go to. Like Sloppy Joe's bar in Duval Street, Ernest Hemingway's haunt. Or "the house with the cats" where Ernest Hemingway used to live. And you've GOT to go watch the sunset at the dock of the bay, where a crowd assembles every day for the occasion as if it were a religious service.

I suggest you peruse the photos of Key West in Google Earth to get a feel for the scenic opportunities.

Have fun!


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1/21/2009 1:09:31 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  4 stop ND filter.


Pete


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1/21/2009 1:24:18 PM

 
W.  Smith VIII
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"4 stop ND filter."

Bracketing, RAW, and HDR/tonemapping, from tripod, may yield better results and much more latitude in post processing.


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1/21/2009 1:38:10 PM

 
Pete H
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  Yep...and I meant to say 4 stop GND.

"Bracketing, RAW, and HDR/tonemapping, from tripod, may yield better results and much more latitude in post processing."


..and so would a 6x6 neg.


Pete


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1/21/2009 3:19:13 PM

 
W.  Smith VIII
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"Bracketing, RAW, and HDR/tonemapping, from tripod, may yield better results and much more latitude in post processing."

"...and so would a 6x6 neg."

My suggestion is executable with the gear Jeff has got right now. Yours requires a US$ 50,000 investment in gear, and 3 years of serious apprenticeship, Pete...

;-))


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1/21/2009 3:35:52 PM

 
Pete H
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  $50,000 for a 6x6 med format?
Umm, I think not, unless its gold plated! LOL


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1/21/2009 4:33:10 PM

 
Mary Iacofano
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  Hi Jeff, one of the biggest misconceptions about KW is that there are beaches. the only beaches are the private pieces behind the hotels. there are no large public beaches. Of couse Duvall Street will peak your interests, anything from normal (whatever that is) to freaks (whatever that is) to many homeless in between. Rent a moped. Parking spots are few & far between. Hang onto your gear tightly and do not put down in a bar or on the street while you turn to take a pic. It is a fun place, dont get me wrong. Sort of like NY, everyone should see it once in their life. Dont pay full price for anything...barganing is the key from everything to t-shirts to hotel rooms and amenities. It is a small place, so you can do all and alot in 3 days. Dont bother to pack anything more formal than shorts and cotton tees. Bring very comfy walking shoes...no heels. Try not to look too touristy. Have fun.


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1/22/2009 10:21:09 AM

 
Todd Bennett
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  Jeff,

Actually there are public beaches on KW. Smathers is one. Another is located at Fort Zachary Taylor. The fort has some interesting photo ops too. A couple of good restaurants are The Rum Barrel, if it's still there, and then there is one that is a local hang out that is situated on what you might call a lagoon. I don't remember the name of it; but, it is on the right hand side of the road, just across the bridge as you are leaving KW.


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1/22/2009 11:36:22 AM

 
Todd Bennett
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  Jeff,

Forgot one thing. Don't limit yourself to KW. Take one or two days and drive up the highway toward Miami and hit several of the other keys. That is where you'll find more of the clear turquoise water, more state parks, and really more to do in general. I think there are more photo ops in the other keys than in KW proper. If I ever go back, I will stay on one of the other keys further up the chain, and then if I just have to go to KW, I'll drive down there one day.


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1/22/2009 11:51:00 AM

 
W.  Smith VIII
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I second Todd's remarks. KW is fun, and you've got to have been there, but it's also a tourist trap. 2 or 3 days there is more than enough. Indeed other keys are a lot nicer.


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1/22/2009 2:59:41 PM

 
Jeffrey L. Harwell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/16/2008
  Thanks for all the information (and laughs)! My girlfriend and I didn't get a car since we're flying right into Key West. The moped idea sounds cool. But maybe we'll look at renting a car for one day and hitting the other keys for a few hours - we're only going from 4/15-4/19.

Thanks again!


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2/24/2009 5:03:06 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Jeff,
There is a nice lighthouse close to Hemingways house and then there is the large colorful post that states you are at the southern most spot in the US & Cuba is 90 miles ->
The sunsets are spectacular - Have fun, Carlton


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2/25/2009 6:06:24 AM

 
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