Sunset. Woman looking out at St. Johns River from a dock at Riverfront Park in Historic San Marco neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida.

Photoshoot: Sunday Blues | Riverfront Park in Jacksonville, FL

After getting rained out all day and having to postpone our long-awaited St. Augustine photo walk, the fiancée and I decided to go to European Street Café in San Marco for dinner after a particularly stressful week and weekend (and this week hasn’t gotten any better)! Thankfully, there was a nice overcast sunset with some hints of yellow and red right around the corner at Riverfront Park.  

I had a few new lenses on hand that I wanted to try out on my Sony A7 III. I just scored three vintage lenses from a big eBay haul the week prior. I’m a sucker for evening landscape shots on a tripod and always have a blast dabbling with long exposures, so no time like the present!

Went in knowing that I wanted to get some heavy bluish green tones and a few pops of yellows and neon reds. I purposefully underexposed for most of these shots to capture the dark blue moodiness. Unfortunately, underexposing, at least for some of the shots, meant bumping my aperture up to f/11 and beyond. These lenses were cheap and could benefit from a cleaning, so please ignore the dust spots if you can spot them!

I went a bit heavy-handed in my editing. I saturated and shifted hue on blues and yellows in Camera RAW and dramatically dropped shadows to help assist with the Low Key feel. I took it another step further by using Nik Color Efex – a really handy plugin for eking out that last little bit of “pop” in your photo edits. I used my favorite filter from Nik, Pro Contrast, and gave a new one a try, Low Key. 

Overall, I’m really happy with how they turned out! Since this was a personal creative shoot, I was totally fine with min/maxing the values in Camera RAW.

Sunday Blues | Long Exposed

Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8

Sunday Blues | Framed

Lens: Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro

Sunday Blues | River City

Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8

Sunday Blues | Posted Up

Lens: Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro

Sunday Blues | Profile

Lens: Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro

Sunday Blues | Cornered

Lens: Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro

Sunday Blues | Dutch Angle

Lens: Super Takumar 150mm f/4