As an introduction to those of you who might be stopping by for the first time; our blog is about our experience as early retirees. We live comfortably in our home in South Florida, travel often and share a variety of interests which include cooking, and photography. Our goal is to inspire others who are retired or contemplating retirement, to look beyond the front porch and see the amazing possibilities of life after work.
Being new to the world of Blogging, we made some basic discoveries early on. Content and images can make or break a post. I read a lot of Blogs and the quick turn-off for me is poor quality images, too many photos, or no photos at all. There are many things about creating a successful Blog that I do not know, but this is an area in which I feel confident. It is also the subject of today’s post. Read More
In between road trips around Florida and extended travels, Malcolm and I have a laundry list of home improvement projects and family obligations that fill our time. It is also nice to be part of an active community, where we can pick and choose to participate in things that interests us. However, the biggest part of our down time is spent enjoying one of our other shared hobbies – photography.
The beach is our “go to” place for taking photographs and being just fifteen minutes from the Atlantic Ocean makes it convenient to grab the gear and go on a moments notice. Avid weather watching is requisite for all Floridian’s and we are not an exception. Tidal charts and weather apps are essential for a “planned” outing, especially in the summer months. Our favorite time at the beach is on a cloudy day, waiting for a storm to roll in over the water. The depth and range of color in the clouds and in the water is extraordinary and makes shooting in any direction a pleasure.
Malcolm uses a Panasonic “point and shoot” with a built-in zoom lens most of the time, and I have a Panasonic GX7 Mirrorless with interchangeable lenses. Depending on the goal, I use either a 12mm-35mm, wide angle or a 100mm-300mm telephoto. My skill level falls into the “hobbyist” category, (evolving) with Malcolm hovering just below that benchmark. I like editing photographs, while he is satisfied with straight out of the camera. We typically produce a wide range of images that tell our retirement story on this blog and on our Instagram page and we are constantly striving to improve our abilities.
These photos were taken against the same late afternoon sky, within minutes of each other. The one on top is obviously edited. I love the moodiness of the deeper colors and think that it elevates the photograph. The second one is out of the camera, as is. It does not need to be enhanced to make a point.
You will find both types of photos on our Blog, along with staged and styled shots that are intended to draw a readers attention to the content of the post. Sometimes the very best we can do is to shoot through the tour bus window, as was the case in this shot, but we think you will agree that the results tell the story. You can read the post that includes this picture here.
Photography is important to the message we want to convey, which is that life evolves. Retirement is a stage of life, not the end of life. Embrace your situation and live the life that you were meant to live. Be happy!
Florida gets a lot of visitors each year, with most of them bound for Miami or Orlando. The whole world knows about Mickey and South Beach. But, there is so much more to Florida. One of my blogging goals this summer, is to share the Florida we know and love. We will do that, by taking you along on our road trips one coast at a time.
Most people think of Florida as East Coast and West Coast. But the state actually has ten very distinct coasts. I borrowed the color coded graphic below from Google Images since a picture paints a thousand words. Read More
We embarked from Southhampton, England on May 1st aboard the Caribbean Princess for a twelve day cruise of the British Isles. Ports of call included Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Kirkwall, Invergordon, Edinburgh and LeHavre. The itinerary was the main reason why we chose the Caribbean Princess. The ship was docked an average of eight hours in each port, which allowed for a good overview of each destination. We used local tour companies for providing excursions rather than booking through the cruise line and all of our tours were booked several months in advance.
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