I took this a couple of months ago on a mid summer night. I was hanging out by the water watching the clouds roll in. Yeah right, like I have time to do that. Lets just I was standing here and good grief Miss Molly, all hell started to break loose. The clouds got low and thick, menace was in the air, and then suddenly, crack, boom, flash.
Maybe my dramatic writing skills are a little to be desired. I'll keep my day job, but if you know any comic book publishers that need a ghost writer let me know. I'm pretty sure I could do that. I'm there for you baby.
Where was I? Oh yeah, down by the river watching the clouds roll in. So, if I was of sound mind and judgement I wouldn't even be here. It's not safe. You know that saying, it's about as likely as being struck by lightning. It doesn't apply to Florida. Chances are, if you're STUPID, or just an ambitious photographer, you'll get it. So, at times like this it's best not to be stupid, or a photographer. Unless you don't care.
I don't really care about all that, I live for the perfect shot, the moment. Ha ha ha. Okay, I hear the nurses, they're coming to give me my meds. I have to go.
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.