This is on the White Pass and Yukon Route railway outside Skagway. If you ever get a chance to visit this part of Alaska I recommend an excursion on the White Pass. It winds its way up a mountain range from the sea with spectacular scenery at every turn.
The best part for me is that each car has an outside platform where I could stand and take photos. I hardly sat in my seat the entire three hours. On the way up we were in the first car behind the engine. When reached the pass at the top of the mountain we pulled onto a siding where the engine relocated to the other end of the train. Now heading down the mountain I had an unobstructed view out the back of the train. This was one of a couple of tunnels high up the mountain.
There's nothing quite like traveling through a tunnel on a train. This one is near the top of the mountain so when you come out the other end there are amazing vistas. As we were on the last car I shot this looking back as the entrance receded into darkness. In the next moment we came out along a high slope where we could see dozens of miles out to the sea below. Put this one on your list of things you must do.
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.