This is a panorama from four images I shot handheld in Bradenton last night. Because I'd been away in Alaska it's been a few weeks since I was here. So camera in one hand and dog leash in the other I proceeded down the riverwalk just before dusk. What I wasn't expecting was the number of people out milling around, there were hundreds, much more than usual. In two words, Pokemon Go.
It was an unusual sight, I've never seen anything like it. I felt like I was in some sci-fi flick were everyone was connect to a central brain and I was watching from the outside. But, as I observed, people were talking, walking from place to place, and generally having fun. I thought to myself that these people would otherwise be at home watching TV yet they are out on the riverwalk in the evening.
When I stopped to take this picture, several others noticed what I was doing and turned around to take similar photos. They couldn't have done that sitting at home. Maybe because of the game a bunch of folks got outside, mingled, and had a chance to see some things they don't normally see. If it takes a game to do that then hey, why not?
I noticed someone sitting on a rock at dusk in the warm summer air. I took this last week when I went to Fort DeSoto Park in St Petersburg. I can never get enough of this place, no matter how many times I come back I always find something to take pictures of. That's partly because I live in an urban area and I seek out places with open spaces; this is one along the water.
This time of year we get clouds every evening on account of the afternoon storms. It seems the more severe the thunderstorm the better the clouds afterwards. Even if I don't have anything to take pictures of I could just focus on the clouds and the colors at dusk.
When I took this I was standing next to the fishing pier about 50 yards away. It was dark enough that I couldn't see the person sitting on the rock. That's a testament to the Sony sensor in the A7RII camera that I use. I can take pictures of something I can't actually see with my eyes and then bring it to light with post processing. That's incredible and opens up all kinds of opportunities for photography. I've mentioned this before but I keep being amazed at the camera nonetheless.
All that aside, the weekend is coming and I'm looking forward to more thunderstorms, the bigger the better.
If you visit Alaska perhaps one the places you will see is Skagway. The biggest employer in that town is the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. It winds from the sea port up the mountains into British Columbia. If you like trains then add this to your list because not only is the scenery spectacular there's a lot of history preserved in these trains and the rail museum in town.
We took an excursion up to the top of the pass which takes about an hour-and-a-half one-way. On the way up we were in the first car behind the engine but on the way back the engine reattached to the other end and we were at the rear. That afforded me the chance to stand out the back and capture this other train as we entered the main track from a siding.
This is a popular attraction and for good reason. When we booked the trip there were no more standard tickets so we booked the first class parlor car. Boy, that was nice, we had soft cushioned seats, an attendant and all the food and drink we wanted. However I couldn't manage to sit still, I preferred to stand on the outside platform taking picture most of the way. When we finally got back to lower elevations I came back in the coach to find everyone asleep in their comfortable chairs. That was pretty funny, but I'm still glad I stood outside and enjoyed the scenery from the cheap seats, even if I did pay for a comfy chair inside.