Eye Candy

There are lots of days that I make photos, but don’t really have anything to blog about, so those images just sit on my hard drive. I do not like to flood Facebook with dozens of images of the same subject, or show EVERY image I take. That is a major pet-peeve of mine.

Photography Tip of the Day – Do Not Upload EVERY Photo You Take

No one wants to see EVERY image you’ve taken on an outing or your last vacation. Pick your 10-20 best shots, ones that make you saw “WOW” and upload those for your friends or viewers to enjoy. Another good idea is to wait a day or so after your outing so you’re not so excited about everything you’ve taken. Many times will Cindy and I get back from a day on the boat with images still fresh and exciting in my mind, that I do want to show every single one. But if I wait a few days, I tend to go back and look through them with a different mind set and I only pick out the really good ones.

Those others, the mediocre ones that dont give me the “WOW” factor tend to get culled.

Here are a few images I’ve taken this past month that haven’t really made the rounds, but I thought it would be fun to share. Let me know what you think or if any of them strike your fancy or on the opposite end of the spectrum, if any of them are horrible and you think I should go back to the drawing board with my composition.


Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 400 – 1/250 @ f/5

Low-Key Hideaway, Sunset, Cedar Key, Bonish Photography

Canon 7D with a Sigma 18-250mm Lens – ISO 400 – 1/2000 @ f/3.5

Immature Double Breasted Cormorant, Bird, Bonish Photography, Cedar Key

Canon 7D with a Sigma 50-500mm – ISO 100 – 1/320 @ f/5.6

Aerial Photography, Bonish Photography, Atsena Otie Key, Cedar Keys

Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 400 – 1/800 @ f/8

This is the backside (South-Eastern Side) of Atsena Otie Key. I loved the way the big sandbar looked at lowtide from the air. Interestingly tidbit of info: that little pond you see just inland from the bottom section of beach is a fresh water spring.

Cedar Key, Reflections, Bonish Photography

Canon 7D with a Sigma 50-500mm lens – ISO 100 – 1/500 @ f/5

Boudoir, Nude, Bonish Photography,

Canon 5DMKII with a Sigma 24-70mm lens – ISO 50 – 1/200 @ f/5

Cedar Key Christmas Boat Parade, Bonish Photography, Kayak, Boating

Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 2500 – 1/2 second @ f/2.8

Dolphin, Boat Wake, Bonish Photography, Cedar Key, Florida

Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 400 – 1/4000 @ f/5

Sunset, Cedar Key, Low-Key Hideaway, Bonish Photography

Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 400 – 1/400 @ f/5

Sunrise, Cedar Key, Florida, Bonish Photography, Boat, Beach

Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 400 – 1/60 @ f/22

Bonish Photography, Sunset, Low-Key Hideaway, Cedar Key

Canon 5DMKII with a Canon 16-35mm lens – ISO 800 – 1/15 @ f/13

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11 Responses to “Eye Candy”

  1. Linda GoudelockDecember 29, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    I don’t think you could take a bad picture…yes, I know something can mess up a perfect shot…a breeze wafting, a bird flying into a shot etc. and I’m pretty sure when you share a picture there are many that you chose from.

    No matter, your pictures inspire me to do better with my subject matter and composition…

    I love the first shot with the reflection of the airboat…was that by design or accidental?

    • Pat BonishDecember 29, 2013 at 3:04 am #

      Thank you Linda. Knowing my pictures inspire someone else to go out and shoot makes me want to shoot more too.

      The Airboat Shot was on purpose. A good friend pulled up in his airboat and I wanted to get a cool shot to give them for a Christmas Present πŸ™‚

  2. RandyJanuary 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    I always like all your photos even the ones I am sure you do not. I really like one that was the lightening over the town. Kind of a halloween looking one.
    It allows me see things I would not normally see in my routine life.
    I do like some of the subject matter better than others(6th photo)! πŸ™‚

    • Pat BonishJanuary 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

      I tend to like that subject matter best Randy! Thanks for the input

  3. Dave EisenbeilJanuary 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Pat, I have to agree with Linda and Randy on a couple of things. First of all, #6 is muy bueno! πŸ™‚ Secondly, I always look forward to ANY of your photos because they, too, inspire me. They inspire me to dream! And I think that is the beauty of photography in general! Not only can a picture inspire a photographer to go out and shoot, but they can also bring inspiration to the non-photographer, the person who has never been to a certain place, the person who HAS been to a certain place, or someone who just hasn’t taken the time to look at your subject from your particular perspective or at all for that matter! I think photos allow people to experience things, albeit in a slightly less-sensory manner, that they wouldn’t or couldn’t experience in their normal, day-to-day lives. They allow people to dream of far-away places, to enjoy nature up-close and personal, or to possibly begin considering a life that they may not have ever given a thought. Beyond the composition, the f-stop, and the shutter speed, beyond all of the technical aspects, a picture conveys to everyone a word, a phrase, a message, a mantra, a smell, a sound, a texture, an emotion. Pictures can do all of that and the same picture can do it differently for different people. They say pictures are worth a thousand words. I think they are worth more. I think it is infinite what a picture can do for someone and if your photo can do it for one one person, than you have been successful as a photographer. Pat, your pictures never cease to inspire me for many different reasons and for that, I thank you! Looking forward to many more!


    P.S. I really like the lifeboat shot too! πŸ™‚

    • Pat BonishJanuary 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Wow Dave, this is true poetry! Thanks for those words and for taking the time to leave that comment.

      I agree that photography is an awesome medium and I too love to see others photographers images of a place that I’ve either been to I’m planning on going to so I can get a feel for it and know what to expect. I really love to see peoples images of say the “Low-Key Hideaway”. Since I see it every day, when I see others images they shot while being here, it makes me look at things I see time and again in a different light.

      Keep shooting and come back and visit!

  4. Dave EisenbeilJanuary 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Pat, I saw you have a couple of the Sigma telephoto zooms. What are your thoughts on them? That range is VERY appealing! πŸ˜›

    • Pat BonishJanuary 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Dave, Sigma makes some great glass and their lenses can stand up to some serious abuse and save you thousands of dollars over the course of photography career.

      Since Canon wont make lenses in certain Millimeter lengths, sometimes you just have to go with an aftermarket company. I’ve tried the other brands (Tamron’s are very slow, loud and I ended up giving the lens away because I couldn’t feel comfortable charging someone for a lens that wouldn’t produce usable images)

      Their 50-500mm lens is a great walk-around lens as long as you have good light. It stinks in anything low or dim lighting. But if you’re going to be out on the boat all day and dont want to be changing lenses due to salt spray or lack of being able to pack a bunch of lenses, then it can be worth its weight in gold.

      The Canon lenses are always my first choice, but over the years we’ve sold more images from our Sigma lenses than we have from our Canon lenses. So it goes to show you that saving a few thousand up front can go a long way

  5. HeathFebruary 2, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Can we see more pictures of Ms. Cindy?

    • Pat BonishFebruary 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

      You and me both Heath!!

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