These tracks cross the Manatee River between Bradenton and Palmetto. A lot of people like to stop here and take pictures, for some reason it seems to be a popular spot for prom photos. I suppose it's an iconic location in this small blue collar town. Every morning and evening we hear the train blowing its horn as it crosses the river on the way to the plant.
I know I'm repeating myself, I've taken this image before. But every now and then I'll do that, go back to a place where I've taken an image and do it again. Each time it's a little different, I approach it with slightly newer eyes. Regardless, I think this shot always ends up being a little gritty, full on urban, no sunsets or beaches.
The bridge here is almost a mile long. In the middle is a section that lifts to let the boats pass. I've seen fishermen walk out on this although there are signs all over warning people to stay off. The river itself is fairly shallow except in the center. Just the other day I saw a couple of fishermen walk under these tracks in about two feet of water about a quarter mile out from the other side. Big rivers being what they are I find that a little extreme, you won't find me doing that any time soon.
Island Park in Sarasota waterfront is a spot to chill for a bit, even if it is a hot day. I prefer to take images at dawn and dusk, but this was smack dab in the middle of the day. Even though its spring, the brightness of the image is reminds me of the long hot season ahead. Right now it's March break and we have great weather and visitors from all over, but in a month we'll begin the long hot days of summer when everyone goes home and the pace of life slows down a bit.
This is another example of how I like to fill up the frame with abstract content like clouds. In this I'm closer to the rule-of-thirds, a simple rule where the subject is divided in thirds. Rules can be broken, but I think it works fine here. This is also another example of how I mix street and landscape photography. I'm basically out shooting landscapes but noticed this frame and someone in it. Bonus.
Maybe I need to start a new category called "streetscape" photography. Hmmm, I'll work on it. For now it is what it is, a combo of the two. I think the thing that did it for me here is the little dog along the water. He (or she) is the x-factor that added a little quirkiness to the photo. Sometime I don't notice these things until I get back home, but in this case I noticed as it was happening.
I've heard it said that three is a magic number. Well, it's certainly the name of a tune sung by Blind Melon, but I'm not sure how magic that is. If you're a little lost don't feel bad, I had to look that last part up on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Is_a_Magic_Number). Even without looking something up I can reasonably say that three represents a lot of things. The periods in a hockey game, dimensions of space, and of course, the number of legs on a stool. Deeper words have rarely been written.
This is the kind of scenery you can find at Fort Desoto State Park in St Petersburg Florida. Its also an example of how I've developed a tendency to see scenes in letterbox vignettes, one at a time, all around me. In fact there were things to the right and left, but I imagined this one little vignette in my mind and so framed the shot. Sometimes I might need more and use a wide angle, but for this 50mm was enough to capture the image I wanted. Having a zoom lens really helps in this department.
This is also another view of the seawall that I posted a few days ago. It's a thirty minute drive north of me and one reason I like to come here is that I can bring my dog. Much of the shoreline in central Florida is off limits to dogs but this being a state park its pet friendly. There is a dog beach and places like this where you can walk with your best friend. So here I am; me, my bud and my camera, just the three of us. Magic.