Swimming In A Lazy River – Florida’s Amazing Natural Springs

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A really cool (literally and figuratively) family thing to do while in Florida is to visit one of the state’s many natural springs. Since we were staying in Orlando, we decided to go to Blue Spring State Park, roughly 45 minutes from the city.

It only costs $6 per car to get in – and spending the day swimming in a Florida natural spring that is a natural lazy river was a fantastic way to get away from the theme parks and tourist traps.

I had two cameras with us for the day at Blue Spring State Park.

The first was a Nikon D800 (used $1300 – $1500) with a 16mm fisheye lens in an Ikelite underwater camera housing with an 8″ domed port. The second was a Sony a6300 inside a Meikon underwater camera housing.

While we were in the sunshine, both cameras were set to RAW, auto-white balance, matrix metering, aperture priority and auto-ISO. Later in the day when we were in the shade, I switched over to shutter priority because the shutter speeds were getting a little too slow.

I was also using a green water Magic-Filters filter which really helps with underwater white balance.

All photos were processed with Lightroom.

The spring was pretty busy while we were there, so it was really just a matter of enjoying ourselves and snapping a few photos here and there.

All images from this session are available for royalty free licensing at Stocksy United. 

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JP Danko is an active lifestyle photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.

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