This is a panorama of Vancouver's Coal Harbour. I took this from Stanley Park one night and I wasn't alone. Not only is this a popular spot for photography, Vancouver has a lot of photographers. There were several other photographers out with their tripods composing their shots of this great city.
In this case I used three vertical eight-second exposures that I stitched together. I enjoy making panoramas with a full frame camera because of the amount of detail in the image. Whenever I print these I marvel at the smallest details.
One reason photography is so fun for me is because I get to go back and look at a scene in quiet contemplation. At the time there may be a lot going on and it's easy to miss things. But I tend to see more things later when looking at images. I'm like a chipmunk gathering acorns of time, holding them and then enjoying them later.
Anyway, I almost didn't take this photo because it's been done so many times before. But I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than I get to go back and enjoy the scene now.
A couple of weeks ago after some afternoon rain I drove up to Fort DeSoto Park to take photos. As I looked back I noticed this rainbow over the bridge. From where I stood it appeared to span about 8 miles from one side of the Sunshine Skyway to the other. To get this photo I took four vertical images, from left to right and stitched them together to form a panorama.
I have mixed feelings about this image. On the one hand the placement of the rainbow over the bridge is nice and if you look close there's even a double rainbow. If I didn't know better I might think it was photoshopped. On the other hand the scene lacks drama. That aside I decided to keep it as is, an image of a rainbow over the bridge without much drama.
With some images I take a lot of pains to simplify them in post production. I feel it's important to not have distractions in an image. This one however needed none of that, just water, sky, bridge and a rainbow. Sometimes images like this just demand to left alone because they have a voice all their own. In this case I suppose I have to agree with that.
First thing in the morning the water here is like glass. This is Benderson Park, an international rowing venue and I came here on Saturday hoping to find some athletes on the water. Save for the early morning joggers the place was deserted. That presented different opportunities on account of the clouds in the sky so I went with plan B.
Early mornings are not easy for me. I do get up and go out sometimes, but I can be a little grumpy; it's a good thing I'm usually alone. It reminds me a little of my morning workouts. I, and about 20 others, show up at the gym several times a week for a bootcamp-style workout. Several of us are less than chatty at 6AM. However by the end of the workout we're all smiles and high-fives.
That's how I am with sunrise photography. I leave the house in my car fighting the urge to turn back. I'll get a coffee at Duncan Donuts and proceed to a location. Once there I'll look around and take a few shots. Maybe they're not so great and again I begin to doubt the effort.
But, if I stick with it and put one foot in front of the other, something might catch my eye, perhaps the light changes. Before you know it I am fully engaged in composition and capturing the light. Thirty minutes later I'm in the zone ready for more.
And that, in a nutshell, is my morning ritual.