My favorite place to photograph sunrises in South Florida is inland! I really enjoy the cypress trees of the swamp & southern slash pines that accompany surrounding areas.
Join me for a one-on-one photography workshop to learn about capturing sunsets, filters, long exposures, and with around Florida’s weather to capture serene Sunrises.
Most of the people who visit Florida do not even get to see our best sunsets because they occur from June-October! The West coast of Florida has the BEST sunsets in the state.
Join me for a one-on-one photography workshop to learn about capturing sunsets, filters, long exposures, and working with Florida’s weather to capture brilliant Sunsets.
From July-October, Southwest Florida has pretty regular thunderstorms in the afternoons. Many days of the week you can expect an opportunity to photograph Thunderstorms.
Join me for a one-on-one photography workshop to learn about photographing lightning, filters, long exposures, and working with Florida’s weather to capture incredible Lightning shots.
Time & Location
My Sunset & Sunrise Tours take place in Bonita Springs. My Storm Tours take place in Naples, Florida.
Sunrise: We will meet 1 hour prior to sunrise to go over the plan, find the best foreground interest for the clouds we have and start setting up. The light can get good up to 20 minutes prior to actual sunrise depending on the situation, so it’s always good to be ready early just in case.
Sunset: We will meet an hour and a half before sunset.
Storms: We will meet 45 minutes before Sunset.
The rainy season can also bring in mosquitos with peak activity around dusk and dawn. Wear lightweight long sleeves and pants. Plan on your shoes getting wet & a little muddy, or bring waterproof boots if you’d like.
Sunrises are probably a little harder to predict than Sunsets in Southwest Florida due to our afternoon thunderstorms from Late May - October. Weather and wildlife do not always cooperate with our plans.
Aside from helping you with your gear and camera settings, my goal on the trip is to educate you on where to go and when to look for specific species of animals. It might take you a couple of days to get every single shot you want, but at least you will know where to look. Because these birds live underground, they will spend warm days underground. Some days the owls are all out playing for hours. One of the sites has 8 owls currently.
“Had a fantastic kite tour with Andrew Mease who spent weeks finding the nesting pairs of swallow-tailed kites in South Florida. Kites spend most of their time up in the air and are very difficult to photograph at a close distance. Their nests are very difficult to locate and photograph. I highly recommend getting a photo tour with Andrew, with only 2-3 weeks left in the nesting season contact him ASAP.”
- Ronald K. (5/12/2019)
What should I bring for photo gear?
Sunrise & Sunsets:
I recommend having a 27mm or wider lens to use as a Landscape lens for the Sunrise & Sunset Workshops. 24mm is nice. A super wide in the 14-24mm range may be even better, depending on what shot or composition you are looking for. I also recommend bringing a Neutral Density filter if you would like to do long exposures and smooth out the water in your photos prior to sunset/sunrise. Bring your tripod & a remote shutter or intervalometer.
A Tripod, intervalometer/remote shutter or lightning trigger, a Wide angle or super wide angle lens would probably work best. I also recommend some type of rain cover for your camera, like a Lenscoat raincoat or an umbrella that can attach to your tripod. (on windy days the lens coat is better)
What type of non-photography gear should I take?
A collapsable/foldable Chair/stool if you have one.
What’s the skill level?
You should be comfortable with operating your camera. You should also be familiar with – and able to change – the following options on your camera:
On most occasions, I will be shooting right alongside you, but the emphasis is always on you getting the shots.
Is there a lot of walking?
Sunrise: No. We will be close to the vehicle.
Sunset: We will be walking 1/4 mile each way on the beach.
Storms: No. We will be close to the vehicle.
What should I wear?
The weather in Southwest Florida is very hot and humid. I recommend avoiding cotton if possible. I prefer long-sleeve, dry-fit style shirts (like Columbia) and I recommend wearing lightweight long pants. I also recommend long socks, shoes, a buff, & a hat. (I also wear lightweight fishing gloves sometimes for additional cover)
What is the Cost?
The cost is $250 per Photo Tour.
How do I sign up?