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Thomas Edison Winter Estate

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Thomas Edison winter estate and guest house in Fort Myers Florida. The present site dates from 1885, when Edison first visited Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home. His home, completed in 1887 and dubbed "Seminole Lodge", served as a winter retreat and place of relaxation until Edison's death in 1931. In 1947, Mrs. Mina Edison deeded the property to the City of Fort Myers in memory of her husband for the enjoyment of the public. It was opened for public tours in 1950.

Edison's residence is located on McGregor Boulevard which is lined (for 15 miles) on both sides with statuesque royal palm trees, the first 200 of which were imported from Cuba and planted by Thomas Edison himself. That same type of palm tree is pictured above.

Photo captured March 24, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/125 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Roman from Thiersee, Austria

this so fantastic HDR work, allmost like painting.
I often tried to do similar shots but never was satisfied with the results on the people's skin etc.
but I keep on trying ;-)
your shots are so inspiring!

4 May 2011 6:12am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great image Steve! Successful tonemapping.

4 May 2011 7:05am

tataray from france, France

Belle image. Beaux détails bien marqués.
Magnifique traitement.

4 May 2011 7:12am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Impressive Steven, wooden framed houses built on brick bases?
Amazing that they have survived through so many Florida hurricanes over the years.
Love the light and the bright colours in this tone mapped image.

4 May 2011 7:23am

klaus from Kufstein, Austria

HDR in it´s perfect form! I like all these "strong" and colorful contrasts and this (for me) a little bit painting style! and i´ve learned something about palm trees! ;-)

4 May 2011 10:34am

Florence from Paris, France

Truly spectacular ! Looks almost like a cartoon with this strong and powerful tone-mapping. Love the houses, so charming and the weather seems enjoyable. Can you tell me why teleportation doesn't exist ? ;-)

4 May 2011 11:54am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I can see why he would winter there.

4 May 2011 1:07pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Just magnificent, Steven! Now I want to go there too....
Beautifully composed and processed as always!

4 May 2011 6:31pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Terrific shot and wonderful processing.

4 May 2011 6:40pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful compo, frame and processing! i remember the place, but i'm sure it looked quite different when i looked at it without HDR! ;-))

4 May 2011 6:48pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A very relaxed and colourful setting! I need this right now!

4 May 2011 8:04pm

cj24 from Famalicão, Portugal

Your "HDR"s are simply fantastic !!!

4 May 2011 8:46pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine composition. i love porches like that

4 May 2011 9:26pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Spectacular HDR processing!

4 May 2011 10:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous shot. The trees are lovely.

4 May 2011 11:10pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Fantastic shot and treatment..excellent HDR,perfect! two thumbs up Steven!

4 May 2011 11:57pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful HDR. And I enjoyed reading about Edison's house.

5 May 2011 1:27am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

This is a wonderful and interesting composition! Stunning composition!!!!!

5 May 2011 2:30am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Excellent processing...

5 May 2011 2:45am