I took this while walking around in the rain on a Vancouver morning. That was back in January when the days were short and the rain was constant. Now in June the days are long with the sun rising at about five in the morning. I'm headed back there and looking forward to taking more photos in Van-city.
The thing about Vancouver, or any major city for that matter, is that it's so unlike the sleepy little town I live in. The change in scenery gives me all kinds of ideas for urban photography. I'm sure the same would be true for big city folk that visit central Florida, in awe of the beaches and sunsets. Change of scenery is a good thing.
This was taken at the Telus Science World building. The leading line of the walkway and pillars are what I found interesting. The building itself is made up of unique architecture, it has a geodesic dome and odd structures along the outside. This is probably the second most photographed building in Vancouver next to Canada Place. In any case I can't wait to get out on the streets in full urban photo mode.
Here I am looking across the Manatee River on an early morning after the rains. The combination of the clouds and calm waters is just a lucky happenstance of timing. Any later and the breeze picks up to ripple the water. Any earlier and I was just standing in the rain. But as the clouds broke and the sun began to rise it created this dramatic affect in the sky. Quite frankly it reminds me of a painting of heaven. I'd like to think that in my own version of heaven this is what it looks like.
Irrespective of that, I gravitate to idyllic scenes in my photography. Simple images that try not to cover too many subjects is best. Ironically, keeping it simple can easier said than done. I for one am easily enamored with all the little details, maybe because I'm a bit of a geek. But aesthetically, the more simple an image is the better, too many details water down the story an image conveys.
Anyway, I can ramble on forever about composition, but in truth I consider myself a beginner, I have so much to learn and I expect it will continue to be a life long learning quest. But for now, simple, calm and idyllic; that's my favorite recipe.
This is the pier in Venice Florida on a cloudy afternoon. It's the best pier around so when I come here I shoot it from as many angles. In most cases I have the pier pointing out to sea from the left or right of the frame. In this case I've take a more direct angle by having it bisect the water and clouds. This is an angle I like very much, especially when shot with a telephoto lens. As you can see I'm not exactly head on, rather I'm on the beach angling out, but the perspective of the telephoto lens has it appearing rather flat.
Piers and bridges are a major source of inspiration for me. I have no idea why that is. Maybe it's because they are objects that interact with bodies of water. If I lived in the mountains I'd be shooting waterfalls and lakes but in Florida it's rivers, ponds and seasides.
The final toning of this image was created with a Trey Ratcliff Lightroom preset called "She Finally Awoke". I'm a big fan of Trey's presets which I use for inspiration when starting an image. But in this case I used it when finishing and I didn't change the preset one bit. That's unusual for me but in this case it worked exactly the way I wanted it to. Anyway, that's a little behind the scenes info on some of the aspects of how I created the image. There is a lot more but for now that's the short version.