The Sarasota skyline from afar is something I never get tired of. This is about a mile away. I took this while standing near a boat launch on City Island.
This happened to be one of the few times of the year it was cold and windy. That's great for this type of photography because the air is crisp and the clouds blur against the sky when the exposure is long. The only difficulty is getting the camera to remain steady against the winds. I have a good tripod but sometimes that's not enough. In this case I shielded the camera on one side of my SUV so that the car acted as a windbreak.
I take a lot of pictures of Sarasota. Its close and has views across the water, something I favor. A long time ago I made up a rule, let's call it the rule of fourths. The idea is to get as many of the four elements in the picture as possible. Using fire, air, water and earth, I compose an image, the more the merrier. The rule doesn't always work, its more of an idea than a rule. However I'll find myself working with it in an image almost subconsciously.
Each time I come here to take a photo the conditions are different. The last time I came it was in the morning, it's a good sunrise spot because it faces east. Once I captured a big thunder cloud over the city on a summer afternoon. Each time I show up at the same location there will be something different, the trick is to notice; that's the idea, not a rule.