September 08, 2023

A visit to Florida

from a photographer's perspective

A few days ago I returned from my vacation in Florida. I was fortunate enough to visit this beautiful state. I’d now like to share some impressions from a Photographers point of view. It’s no secret that Florida is a globally renowned and popular vacation destination. As a photographer, specifically a nature and landscape photographer, I always wonder if these places are worth exploring from a landscape perspective. In fact, Florida is the flattest state in the entire USA, so you won’t find fascinating mountain formations like in Yellowstone National Park or gigantic canyons like in Arizona here. So, what does Florida have to offer for photographers?

Photography in Florida, Parrot at Seaquarium, Miami

Parrot at an Miami Park

Photography in Florida, Miami Skyline at Sunset

Miami Skyline with the harbour infront, seen from Miami Beach South Pointe Park

Photography in Florida, Plane approaching Miami

Airplane approaching Miami infront of a huge Cloud during sunset

First and foremost, I believe it can be exciting to photograph in places that you might not typically consider for photography. In my case, that means stepping out of my comfort zone of nature and landscape photography and venturing into urban and architectural photography. However, one doesn’t always exclude the other; an example of this would be Lummus Park in Miami Beach, with its adjacent wide beach and the ocean. Here, you can still capture nature in an urban environment. The diverse, artistically designed beach houses against the turquoise blue sea and the white sandy beach also offer many interesting perspectives and subjects The Ocean Drive in Miami Beach also invites you to try your hand at architectural photography with its Art Deco buildings.

Of course, Florida is not solely comprised of urban areas; on the contrary, internationally renowned natural reserves like the Florida Everglades are easily accessible from Miami and offer fascinating nature and incredible biodiversity. However, photographing there can be challenging, and finding subjects is not always easy, as the tall grasses and vegetation in the swampy landscapes often obstruct a wide view. Nevertheless, it’s worthwhile to experiment and discover interesting compositions and subjects.

Another photographic highlight are undoubtedly the Florida Keys. There, you’ll find palm trees, white sandy beaches, turquoise Caribbean waters, and many other intriguing elements that invite photography. Once again, thinking outside the box can be rewarding, for instance, in Key West, where you’ll encounter many impressive historic houses. Sometimes, however, it’s worth looking down the side streets to capture unique and interesting photos.

Photography in Florida, House in Key West

A typical house in Key West, FL

DJI Mini 3 Pro photography of Miami Beach Drones USA

South Pointe Park, Miami Beach at sunset

Photography in Florida, Key Biscayne Lighthouse

The Cape Florida Lighthouse near Key Biscayne, FL

For those who are space enthusiasts or wish to become one, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center is a must. Although it might not seem so at first glance, with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can also capture nature photos there. Moreover, the variety of technical devices and vehicles on display is almost overwhelming. Here, too, creativity is essential to ensure that the photos don’t just look like your typical vacation and tourist pictures.

Another style of photography that, in my opinion, is perfect for Miami is analog photography. Due to the Art Deco style of many buildings and the fame of 80s TV series and movies like Miami Vice, the city is full of retro motifs. So, if you happen to have an old analog camera lying around at home, you should definitely bring it along.

Photography in Florida, Kennedy Space Center Atlantis Orbiter Space Shuttle

Atlantis Orbiter Exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center

Photography in Florida, Analog Photography Miami Beach

Analog Foto , shot on Portra 400 and a Canon AE-1 Program

All in all, it can be said that Florida offers plenty for photographers and photography enthusiasts. However, if you’re solely seeking wild and untouched nature that also looks impressive on camera, you might want to consider a different destination. For those interested in expanding their horizons and looking beyond the realm of nature photography, Florida is definitely worth a visit.

Thank you so much for reading and as always, I hope you were able to take away something useful from this report.

-Dominik

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