Here is a shot of the Bradenton Riverwalk on a rainy morning a couple of years ago, just as the sun is about to rise. Living where I do I prefer to have water as a feature in my environmental shots. If I go outside it's almost unavoidable. The water creates provides a basic building block with which to build a composition.
Another thing I look for is leading lines. In this case it's a guardrail, but it could also be more organic elements like a path or shoreline. The line leads the eyes of the viewer into the picture where our imaginations begin to find root.
Finally, quite often I prefer to have some human element. In many cases it adds a level of interest that subtly draws the attention even more. It's not uncommon to project ourselves into the scene through the perspective of a human figure. In this approach the person can be blurred or abstracted so not to provide too many details. These things are better left to our own imaginations.
Last night I made it to the beach for sunset and to take a few photos. Lately it's been a little cold here which keeps people away from the beach. Now by cold, I don't mean cold-cold, like you guys get up north. No, I mean cold for us, like maybe I should wear a sweatshirt, …or maybe not.
I'm being facetious of course, I'm perfect aware of the fact that I don't know what cold is. Nevertheless, my kinda cold keeps the locals away from the beach so that I can get these empty beach shots. In summer it's a whole different ballgame.
This is Holmes Beach, which is between Manatee Beach and Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. You can drive for miles either way and it's just one little beach town after the next. That's why so many people come down in in winter; to get away from the cold-cold and enjoy a little beach weather, even if I do think it's cold.
Here is another shot of a familiar scene along the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota. I posted a similar image from the same batch about a year ago, but this uses a different lens and processing. Nevertheless, it's a scene and a location that I keep coming back to time and time again.
Sarasota Bay is an estuary and if you stand here you'll see dolphins and other sea life. It's under the stewardship of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and if you visit their home page (https://sarasotabay.org/) you notice another photo by yours truly. Due to the abundant sea life it's a fishermen's paradise and less than a hundred yards from where I'm standing is a bait shop. I could think if worse places to fish, …if I did.
If I didn't do photography I'd have to fish, it's kind of a requirement down here, everybody does it. Sometimes I'll show up at a location by the water with a tripod in hand and fishermen will just assume it's a fishing poll. But as I said I don't fish, I take photos. If I need fish I get it the old-fashioned way, …from the supermarket.