For the life of me, I can't conceive why Washington Avenue is all lit up like that at four in the morning. But then again, it is Miami.
I took this from a ship as we entered the Port of Miami. I was wide awake and recovering from the European timezone. Changes in time zones are great for photography because it makes it easy to get out at all hours of the morning or night. Days can be a little rough.
We flew to Spain and took a boat back, just a few hours drive from home. We're lucky, most people have to fly to Florida to get on a ship, we just drive. That makes it easier to pack as well, just throw whatever in the heck we want in a big suitcase and not worry about being efficient. Maybe it's the lazy way to go, but hey, I'm very much into that sometimes.
You'll forgive me if I post another photo of the rain. Personally, it's something I can't get enough and just think it's kinda cool.
Taking photos in the rain is akin to low light photography, the weather has a way of creating a mood. In Europe, it's enhanced by the architecture of the old streets.
This was taken on a rainy October day in Malaga when I got soaked to the bone. About a year or two prior I did the same thing in Solerno. Back then I bought an umbrella from a vendor who magically appeared as soon as the rain started. I paid too much for the umbrella and then lost it on a bus. I've since given up on umbrellas when taking photos. Besides, it's not really feasible to hold an umbrella and take a picture, unless you have three arms.
This looks out across the water from a few inches up; like what you might see if you were treading water.
To get this angle I recently picked up a new gadget called Platypod. It's a little stand that makes it easy to take pictures from the ground. I've been using it a lot lately and as a matter of fact, it's all I took on a recent trip overseas. There were times I wished I had a regular tripod, but more often than not, the Platypod did the trick.
This was a great evening with the calm water reflecting the colors. This low perspective is a little less common and adds a little something extra. Raise the camera to eye level, and the scene changes completely. But down low, the water becomes a foreground element which, is a neat little trick in an of itself.