Episode 56: Exploring Florida's Landscapes with Reg Garner

Peggy Farren 2017-10-20

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Episode 56: Exploring Florida's Landscapes with Reg Garner

About the Photographer
- 2nd generation born and raised in Sanford, FL
- father was a hobbyist photographer
- introduced to photography and the darkroom as a young teenager
- went to a photo lecture by Ansel Adams and met the famous photographer in Orlando in the 1980’s
- has always been a hobbyist photographer, mostly landscapes
- has continued in the family business of large-format printing
- founded Sanford Camera Club, past president of Orlando Camera Club

Photographing Florida
- prefers to photograph from his kayak (Hobie Proangler 14’)
- paddles with his feet, steers with a rudder (Mirage drive system)
- keeps camera gear drier (no dripping paddles crossing from one side to the other)
- mounts a GoPro with a gimble to the front of the boat, has voice-activated remotes hanging from his neck for control of the camera as well as an iPad mounted to the side so he can always see the live view
- main camera – Canon 5D with a custom mount on a Really Right Stuff Ballhead allows kayak to become a floating tripod (small movements of boat don’t come into play with a faster shutter speed)
- uses 2 different lenses: 11-24mm for landscape shots (favorite), and 100-400mm for wildlife photos
- sometimes takes a drone on the back
- does not fly from the kayak, but finds a location to beach the craft
- drone flies about 50-100’ up and 400-500’ away – allows for some really great shots of meandering rivers and streams

Tips for Slow Shutter Photography
- uses stacked filters (Lee or Singh-Ray) on his 11-24mm lens held on with a Lee Filter Holder System
- Neutral Density (ND) 6-stop or 10-stop
- ND graduated filter (comes in .3, .6, or .9 variations)
- graduated filter allows better sunrise/sunset images by slowing down the light from the sky and allowing more light from the foreground, which would be very dark or black without the filter
- increases exposure time from 1/60 sec to 6 minutes
- anything still is sharp, while the sky or water (anything moving) becomes blurred
- set-up needs to occur before the last filter is put on (a 6-stop or 10-stop ND filter cannot be seen through to focus your image)
- uses the app. Light Calculator to calculate exposure times with the addition of his filters
- filters are exponential: a 2 min. exposure with a 6-stop ND filter would be a 15 minute exposure with a 10-stop ND filter

Starting Kayak Photo Tours – hopefully this November
- modeled after newly popular kayak fishing trips
- 75 mile radius of central Florida has many freshwater lakes, rivers, and marshes to explore as well as saltwater opportunities
- weekends only, sunrise or sunset

Enchanted Places of Florida
- book Reg is currently working on with friend and author Bill Belleville
- coffee table book with images of Florida’s diverse habitats with text about the healing effects of nature

Mr. Sanford
- donates pictures of Sanford to Historical Society, My Sanford magazine, Seminole County newspaper, etc.
- has become very well known in his hometown

Where to find him
- Website: RegGarner.com
- Instagram
- Facebook

See you next week for episode 57!

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