When I show up at a beach to take pictures I approach from the road as though I'm hunting for images. Well, maybe that's a little over dramatic. Let's just say I'm looking for a shot as soon as I get out of the car. So as I walk on to the beach I might see something like this and quickly snap a photo.
Placing anonymous people in the image adds a point of interest for consideration. It's a simple trick that causes our brains to project ourselves into the scene. Of course scenes don't always need people but in general should at least one thing of interest like a bird, or tree or boat, anything really. The point is certain objects have a way of telling story in a picture, and it seems that people tell some of the best stories, just by being present in a picture.
When I place people in landscape images I do so anonymously. I do it with stealth so as not to disturb people in their own world. If someone sees me with the camera I'll walk away so as not to ruin the moment that they may be having.
So to be as unobtrusive as possible I try to make sure my camera settings are ready. If not I could be fumbling around for a couple of minutes. In this case I saw the scene, snapped a picture and moved on. And in this case I managed to captured the moment without harming my prey in any way. :-)
This is a long exposure of Sarasota under the clouds. It was midday and I used filters that allowed me to keep the shutter open for over a minute. As a result you begin to see their movement as they rise up with the intense energy of the Florida sun. I love to observe clouds and this technique allows me to capture their movement.
Below is a flat perspective of the Sarasota skyline. The main downtown area is on the right. It's not a big city per se, but big enough to have a lot of restaurants, an arts scene and a mini building boom. And of course we can't forget the beaches, some of the best in the world. But I digress, I like putting things in perspective and to do that I take a step back, metaphorically and physically.
This image is part of a reoccurring theme, let's call it the open spaces theme. Often we don't think of cities as having much in the way of open spaces. But if you look above the buildings you'll notice there is all kinds of space. We are so oriented to the two dimensions of a flat earth, but really there is so much more above our heads, And when we take that into account there is a larger perspective that we easily miss. For a visual medium such as photography, using the open spaces above brings a different perspective we don't always consider.