Walking into Robson Square on a Saturday night I took this image in the rain. I know the folks in Vancouver get tired of the rain but I don't live there and so I kind of like it. Mainly because of how it makes the streets shine and everyone is walking around with umbrellas. I don't get to see a lot of that back in Florida. First of all, people don't carry umbrellas. If it's raining you just wait in your car for a few minutes and it'll pass. Secondly, we only get rain in the summer, its pretty dry in the winter. So when I come to Vancouver in the winter, I'm okay with the rain while everyone else is more or less resigned to it. Maybe it would be different if I lived here.
Another difference is that Vancouver has a vibrant downtown scene. Most of the city centers in Florida are deserted after dark, everyone lives in the burbs, or by the beach along the water. In Vancouver you can go out walking at night and there is a lot going on; food vendors, restaurants, sights to see, and everything is within walking distance.
Differences are what makes traveling fun; seeing and experiencing different things. I live in a place where people travel to for their vacation, so I'm just like the people in Vancouver, I take it for granted. The tourist down here can't get over how pretty everything is. That's just how we're made, we get used to things and then we might just need a change of scenery.
I took this photo hand held at ISO 10000. Hand holding camera to take a street scene is only possible with the latest technology in my Sony camera. The camera sensors are getting to the point where they'll be better than our eyes in a very short time. In the meantime, I'll take my eyes and go out looking at new things when I travel.
When we are happy we'll do all kinds of things. I am reminded of my little dog who, when he gets happy, puts on all kinds of antics. Like my little doggy I am prone to a little silliness as well. And if no-one else is feeling the same, I can always count on him to join in the fun. We are very similar in that respect, when we feel a flow of energy things are good.
For me this image is a metaphor for breaking through and getting a shot of good energy. Just a few minutes before I took this it was raining, then the clouds began to break up and the sun created this display in the sky. Life is full of these kinds of moments and weather has a way of demonstrating this with natural displays of the elements. Lucky for me I was here to capture this display with a camera.
This is in Venice Florida on Florida's gulf coast. It's one of my favorite places. It's an area a little removed from the hustle and bustle and a good place for me to walk the beach and take pictures. Actually there are a lot of places like this in Florida, but I have a few favorites.
Anyway, it's the beginning of another week and I was thinking I needed a little good energy to start the week. Looking at this reminds me of the feeling I had when I took this image. This is a metaphorical Monday morning cartwheel to get us through the week.
I stood below and captured the light reflecting off the bridge one evening. This is a long exposure image of about two minutes. The bridge is a draw bridge and the light of the signal casts the green glow onto the water. For me this is just another in a series of long exposure studies I'm doing.
There was some type of plants in the foreground water that I was trying to keep out of the image. But later I liked how it adds texture to the reflection of light, a little foreground interest in an abstract kind of way.
To take these long exposures I set the camera up on a tripod, set the time on my Apple Watch, and then click the shutter. Then it's just a matter of waiting two or three minutes. In fact its pretty boring, I might check my e-mail, look at the news or just stand there walking in circles. Finally when its time I close the shutter, take a look, decide if I need to make any adjustments and then do it all over again. It can go on like this for twenty or thirty minutes in a single location. It really does take a bit of patience.
I'm lucky to be here, outside experiencing sites and sounds that most people don't notice. That's true about landscape photography in general. If you do it often you will be fortunate to experience natural beauty first hand. So, whether or not I end up with any photos I like, the experience is a good one and I come home with something gained. I think that's pretty good.