5 Jan 13: Hillsborough River State Park, Tampa, FL

One of the jewels of the Florida State Park system, Hillsborough River State Park lies about 12 miles north of Tampa FL on US301.  The Hillsborough River flows over the southernmost rapids in the United States within the park.  The cypress tree at the edge of the rapids is described as the “most photographed tree in Florida.”  This is a location I photograph every few months at all times of the year.  The first two images were taken in late spring about 10 years ago using a NIKON F100 SLR with Fuji Velvia film.

Hillsborough River Rapids. Nikon F100 SLR, Nikon 28-105mm, Fuji Velvia film, Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Hillsborough River Rapids. Nikon F100 SLR, Nikon 28-105mm, Fuji Velvia film, Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Hillsborough River Rapids in Spring. Nikon F100 SLR, Nikon 28-105 mm, Fuji Velvia film, Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Hillsborough River Rapids in Spring. Nikon F100 SLR, Nikon 28-105 mm, Fuji Velvia film, Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-3 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

The next image was taken in early January 2013 using a NIKON D800 DSLR; one of my first images with this new camera.

Hillsborough River Rapids in Winter. Nikon D800 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Hillsborough River Rapids in Winter. Nikon D800 DSLR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Finally, I spent quite a bit of time shooting detail as the river flowed around the moss covered rocks that create the rapids.  As this particular image evolved the focus shifted from the rock to the S-shaped curve of the water.

Hillsborough River Rapids Detail. Nikon 800 DLSR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

Hillsborough River Rapids Detail. Nikon 800 DSLR, Nikon 17-35mm, Singh Ray LB Color Combo Polarizer, Gitzo tripod, Kirk BH-1 ballhead. ©Chuck Lockett Photography

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4 Comments

  1. David Lockett January 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Brother, you are an artist. Dave

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  2. Leslie January 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I agree.

  3. RGM January 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Greg Urbano March 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    this is such a great park!

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