This is another shot taken next to the Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, Florida. In the morning everything is quiet as the pier casts long reflections on the calm waters of the Intercoastal. This is my favorite time of day to get photos of places that are normally much busier during the day. Next to me sat a couple on a bench drinking coffee and watching the sun rise. Not a bad way to start the day.
I've taken a lot of pictures from here but when I take the time I can usually find a different perspective. So even if I've been here, the photo is unique in some way. I don't mind repeating myself if I'm taking pictures of something pretty and I'm having fun. Whomever said you can't repeat yourself forgot to send me the memo.
For me, photography is a state of mind more than anything. I have an idea what I want to convey, something peaceful, calm and serene. So no matter where I am I just figure out how to do that. If my inclination was to show some form of action or interaction, I'd take a completely different approach. Photography is a state of mind and if you constantly practice your images reflect that state of mind. That's not to say I have a peaceful, serene and calm mind, but that yearning is what I focus on.
Anyway, now that I have you in a peaceful state of mind, maybe its time to get a cup of coffee. Or glass of wine depending on the time of day.
This is a long exposure of Sarasota Bay last Sunday afternoon. The exposure is a little over two minutes so you can see the movement of the clouds and the water appears still. In a normal exposure you would see boats in the water. Because the boats are moving they are not exposed and it appears deserted and serene. In reality the scene was serene but not deserted. On a Sunday afternoon everyone is out on the water, and I do mean everyone.
This is another one in a series of photographs I've taken of the Ringling Bridge. Close to home it's one of my favorite subjects. I'm always looking for new perspectives and different angles of it. In this case I was a couple miles away at a little park called Nora Patterson Bay Island Park which is at the entrance to Siesta Key. Use of a telephoto lens allows me to frame end to end like this. I think the next time I come here it'll be in the evening so I can get this scene after dark; I'm curious to see how that will look.
This is the best time of year to be here in Florida. Its low season before the population expands with visitors and snowbirds. It's also the time of year that we get a break from the heat, the weather is perfect, not too hot or too cold.
So it was this perfect day with the perfect weather that I had this little park to myself. Imagine that, having this view to yourself, alone with your thoughts. I suppose its a common thing because its such a small park, but still, it's quite the thing, don't you think?
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.