Jumping Tarpon – Most Viewed Image

The Getaway Images website has now been live on the internet for almost two months.  During this time I have been madly learning geeky IT skills such as monitoring website and blog visit statistics.

Google Analytics tells me that “Jumping Tarpon” is currently the most viewed image so far, so I would like to share with you some information about how this image was created.

Some of you may have been thinking ‘what the hell is that?’ when you were looking at the thumbnail!

Jumping Tarpon blog

Jumping Tarpon

Last year, I was fortunate to visit the Everglades, Miami and Florida Keys.  The image of the tarpon was taken at Robbie’s, in Islamorada in beautiful Florida Keys.  Visitors come from around the world to witness the spectacle of the tarpon feeding and to enjoy the laid back lifestyle of this part of the world.

Islamorada consists of six islands and is situated between the saltwater wilderness of EvergladesNational Park in one direction, North America’s only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other.

Life is pretty relaxed down in the Key’s, palms sway in the breeze, hustle and bustle is non-existent and the folks are very friendly.  You get the feeling that the place has been forgotten in time.

Large schools of tarpons,  known as ‘silver fish’, prowl around the edge of the pier at Robbie’s in anticipation of being fed bait fish which you purchase by the bucket to feed the tarpons.  Large numbers of up to 100 congregate and excitedly thrash around when they can see food being tempted just above the waters edge.  Let me tell you….these fish are big!

Sitting on the sidelines, beautiful Brown Pelicans like this chap, look on in amusement in the hope of also getting a cheap feed.

Brown Pelican at Key West blog

Brown Pelican

On a technical note, “Jumping Tarpon” was taken by me hanging out over the side of the end of the pier, which is how I have got him at eye level.  At one stage, I was fearful that a tarpon would think I was a tasty morsel!   I used my Canon 50D camera with a 70-200 F2.8 lens at the following settings:  Aperture F5,6, shutter speed 1/1000 and ISO 400.

If you would like to see more of my images from Florida Keys, please visit the Florida Keys Gallery on www.getawayimages.com