I spent a recent afternoon on some winding roads north of Toronto. The drive is nice any time but this time of year is hard to beat. The days are quickly getting shorter and there are dustings of snow here and there. Coming from Florida this was an exceptional treat, not only the colors but the cooler weather as well.
Whenever I saw something I liked I just pulled over and took a shot out the window. That's a lazy way to take photos but I couldn't help it, I was in a lazy mood.
Sometimes laziness works, luck works too. Sometimes getting a good photo of a landscape is a meticulous process of preparation and execution. Other times a simple shot out the window will do. I admire photographers that go to great lengths, it shows in their work. Sometimes, I do that, especially when I have more time. But given a quick afternoon drive and a camera, I'll go with the flow.
It's a little like taking photos when you're on a tour. Your time is not your own, your on a tour, following a schedule. So you do your best and get what you can. Sometimes its like that when I have a short time to go take photos, I just go with the flow and have fun.
One thing is for sure, the worst day of taking photos is still better than the best day at work. And this was not a bad day by any stretch of the imagination.
A morning sunburst of light is projected from behind the clouds. This was from behind our house in Palmetto Florida. I noticed these rays for several days in a row on account of the type of clouds, this time I was within reach of the camera. In fact I took this though an upper window, right through a glass pane. Normally that's not optimal but this time it worked out.
How can you not be happy when you see this? Its like a wake-up call from the sun itself, "time to get out of bed!".
I don't pull out my camera that often at home but this time I couldn't resist. We get equally awesome scenes in the evening in the other way, but there are just too many distractions with houses and such.
For some reason this reminds me of a corny TV commercial of a guy dressed in a sun costume. He's a hopelessly optimistic and talking about breakfast, I think it's an ad for Jimmy Dean breakfast food. In any case he ends up making everyone feel better.
Back to the real world. Now that we are all awake its time get up and get breakfast. I'm just say'in.
The sunrises and sunsets in the last week have been the stuff of dreams. That's because we are transitioning between seasons and thunderclouds are being replaced with wispy Stratus. This has had me a little stressed, as I've been too busy to get out, or more accurately, I've had really bad timing. By the time I notice its too late, or at least I think it is. All that aside, on this morning I grabbed my bag, still in my workout clothes and headed for the river. I stood out on this pier for a four-minute exposure of the sunrise over Bradenton.
What I find so fascinating is that the exposure shows the movement of the clouds which seem to travel in different directions depending on their altitude. I suppose a pilot or someone more acquainted with weather knows of the phenomena, but I'm a simple man and I get amazed by such things.
It was rush hour and the bridge was packed with traffic, but of course it doesn't show up on account of the length of the exposure.
So anyway, I managed to reduce a little stress by getting here on this morning, but there are many more times I have missed. I should be happy when I see a beautiful scene, but if I don't have my camera I end up wishing I did. I think that's a hazard of the occupation, as a photographer it's hard to turn off the need to capture and just enjoy the scene, unless of course I'm taking pictures. But I'm working on it and one day I'll be happy either way, with or without my camera.