I got this one afternoon when I decided to take a walk in the park. This is Stanley Park in Vancouver and is one of the best urban parks in North America. It rivals Central Park and Golden Gate Park. I took this at a little pond known as Lost Lagoon where there are some resident swans. You can usually line up a good shot if you just wait for the right moment.
Waiting for the right moment is good advice for landscape photographers. If you stay in a single spot long enough, something is bound to happen. It's all a question of how long you want to wait. Usually I'll walk up on a scene and not see anything in particular. The scene can be like a puzzle, however it almost as though a sixth sense tells me there's something there. I just have to recognize it, compose it, and take the photo. So it could be a matter of focusing in on a small area, or it could be just slowing down and waiting for something to unfold. It's an inexact science but the longer I wait, the more likely I am to walk away with something worth my time.
Another little technique to add to this is pick a time of day when you think something might happen and then get there a little earlier. For instance, in Florida, right at the crack of dawn the pelicans will fly from their nighttime resting spots to their daytime fishing locations. So if you want to get a sunrise with some pelicans flying by, you get there a little early and wait, but be ready because you might only get one chance, believe me I've missed more than I care to admit.
With this image I planned to come in the afternoon because I knew the sun set across the water from a section of the path. So I got there, waited, noticed the swan swim by, then click and I had my image.
Oh, and one other thing, if you're going to be out in nature, bring mosquito repellant. I got swarmed as I stood here and waited. Next time I'll take my own advice and bring some.
This is another shot taken next to the Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, Florida. In the morning everything is quiet as the pier casts long reflections on the calm waters of the Intercoastal. This is my favorite time of day to get photos of places that are normally much busier during the day. Next to me sat a couple on a bench drinking coffee and watching the sun rise. Not a bad way to start the day.
I've taken a lot of pictures from here but when I take the time I can usually find a different perspective. So even if I've been here, the photo is unique in some way. I don't mind repeating myself if I'm taking pictures of something pretty and I'm having fun. Whomever said you can't repeat yourself forgot to send me the memo.
For me, photography is a state of mind more than anything. I have an idea what I want to convey, something peaceful, calm and serene. So no matter where I am I just figure out how to do that. If my inclination was to show some form of action or interaction, I'd take a completely different approach. Photography is a state of mind and if you constantly practice your images reflect that state of mind. That's not to say I have a peaceful, serene and calm mind, but that yearning is what I focus on.
Anyway, now that I have you in a peaceful state of mind, maybe its time to get a cup of coffee. Or glass of wine depending on the time of day.
This is a long exposure of Sarasota Bay last Sunday afternoon. The exposure is a little over two minutes so you can see the movement of the clouds and the water appears still. In a normal exposure you would see boats in the water. Because the boats are moving they are not exposed and it appears deserted and serene. In reality the scene was serene but not deserted. On a Sunday afternoon everyone is out on the water, and I do mean everyone.
This is another one in a series of photographs I've taken of the Ringling Bridge. Close to home it's one of my favorite subjects. I'm always looking for new perspectives and different angles of it. In this case I was a couple miles away at a little park called Nora Patterson Bay Island Park which is at the entrance to Siesta Key. Use of a telephoto lens allows me to frame end to end like this. I think the next time I come here it'll be in the evening so I can get this scene after dark; I'm curious to see how that will look.
This is the best time of year to be here in Florida. Its low season before the population expands with visitors and snowbirds. It's also the time of year that we get a break from the heat, the weather is perfect, not too hot or too cold.
So it was this perfect day with the perfect weather that I had this little park to myself. Imagine that, having this view to yourself, alone with your thoughts. I suppose its a common thing because its such a small park, but still, it's quite the thing, don't you think?