FLORIDA BAY 3 © 1997Everglades National Park, FL
One of Clyde’s favorite ways to find a good scene is to go “chasing clouds.” Florida Bay is a beautiful place, but very tricky to navigate. Meandering around mangrove islands and shallow waters can lead to either ideal photographic locations or going aground on a sand spit. This particular day, Clyde was so immersed in chasing clouds that he lost track of where he was. Fortunately, a passing fisherman helped Clyde orient himself within the mangrove islands with directions back to the Florida Keys. As a result, his favorite image from this day is “somewhere” in Florida Bay. Florida Bay Estuary The coastal area of the Everglades ecosystem, including mangrove islands, is crucial to the marine life that inhabits most of the Gulf and Atlantic waters around South Florida. The freshwater runoff from the wetlands mixes with the saltwater of the Gulf to create an estuary supporting the bulk of recreational and commercial fish during their reproductive or developmental stages. Florida Bay 3 was taken with a Deardorff 8×10 camera on T-Max 100 film. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Camera settings f/45 | 90mm Schneider Super-Angulon XL lens | orange filter | 1 second. Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.