Island Park in Sarasota waterfront is a spot to chill for a bit, even if it is a hot day. I prefer to take images at dawn and dusk, but this was smack dab in the middle of the day. Even though its spring, the brightness of the image is reminds me of the long hot season ahead. Right now it's March break and we have great weather and visitors from all over, but in a month we'll begin the long hot days of summer when everyone goes home and the pace of life slows down a bit.
This is another example of how I like to fill up the frame with abstract content like clouds. In this I'm closer to the rule-of-thirds, a simple rule where the subject is divided in thirds. Rules can be broken, but I think it works fine here. This is also another example of how I mix street and landscape photography. I'm basically out shooting landscapes but noticed this frame and someone in it. Bonus.
Maybe I need to start a new category called "streetscape" photography. Hmmm, I'll work on it. For now it is what it is, a combo of the two. I think the thing that did it for me here is the little dog along the water. He (or she) is the x-factor that added a little quirkiness to the photo. Sometime I don't notice these things until I get back home, but in this case I noticed as it was happening.
I've heard it said that three is a magic number. Well, it's certainly the name of a tune sung by Blind Melon, but I'm not sure how magic that is. If you're a little lost don't feel bad, I had to look that last part up on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Is_a_Magic_Number). Even without looking something up I can reasonably say that three represents a lot of things. The periods in a hockey game, dimensions of space, and of course, the number of legs on a stool. Deeper words have rarely been written.
This is the kind of scenery you can find at Fort Desoto State Park in St Petersburg Florida. Its also an example of how I've developed a tendency to see scenes in letterbox vignettes, one at a time, all around me. In fact there were things to the right and left, but I imagined this one little vignette in my mind and so framed the shot. Sometimes I might need more and use a wide angle, but for this 50mm was enough to capture the image I wanted. Having a zoom lens really helps in this department.
This is also another view of the seawall that I posted a few days ago. It's a thirty minute drive north of me and one reason I like to come here is that I can bring my dog. Much of the shoreline in central Florida is off limits to dogs but this being a state park its pet friendly. There is a dog beach and places like this where you can walk with your best friend. So here I am; me, my bud and my camera, just the three of us. Magic.
The sun is setting and I'm at the beach. I have exactly three minutes left to find one more composition. Those are some of the thoughts going through my mind at moments like this, it's like a game and it can be a lot of frantic fun. Such was the case when I found myself behind some seagrass and a tree that created a kind of frame and just then these folks walked by. Click.
Framing an image is an important aspect of street photography. Find some interesting scene and wait for someone to walk through it. When people are in an image we tend to put ourselves into that scene whether we realize it or not. In this way artistic images have a way of pulling us out of ourselves.
My earlier landscapes almost never had people in them. Someone once pointed this out and I started to take notice. Now I'm not so concerned with finding landscapes without people, if I do great, but not required. So this resulted in a blending of my love of both street and landscape photography. Now when shooting landscapes I will often look for a frame and wait for someone to walk through it. In a long winded way this is the thinking that went into this image. It's a crossover of sorts.