Cold Florida Day Turns Into Brilliant Sunset

by Mike on January 10, 2010

Cold Day – Brilliant Sunset in Ormond Beach Florida

This Florida day started out with snow and ended in a brilliant sunset. This cold snap has created beautiful skies that only cold weather can seem to do. It’s very dry. The humidity is being reported at 45%, but I think it’s lower than that. I’m sure that’s contributing the beautiful clear skies we’ve been seeing.

This photo was taken with my Olympus E-520 and wide angle lens.

Florida Sunset on Cold Day - January 9 2010

Florida Sunset on Cold Day - January 9 2010

This shot was taken yesterday, literally outside my front door. I stepped out about 15 feet to get the photo. It was still frigid for Florida, about 37F at sunset.

I didn’t use the tripod for this shot as I was watching the Jets-Bengals playoff game when I looked out the front door and saw the opportunity. Since I was taking the shot with a shutter speed of 1/80 second and the lens was set wide at 14mm, I didn’t need the tripod anyway. The rule of thumb is that if the shutter speed is greater than the lens focal length, you should be able to get a steady sharp shot handheld. Even doubling the focal length to compensate for the Olympus four-thirds sensor, I would still be at 28mm effective focal length.

I like these cold weather shots, but given my druthers, I’d druther that it get warmer fast.

Camera Info: Olympus E-520, 1/80 sec., f/3.5, ISO 100, 14mm using 14-42mm lens.

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