Here is another shot I took from an observation tower looking north towards St Pete. In the foreground is the trail through Robinson Preserve, off in the distance is the Sunshine Skyway bridge and, if you look closely, beyond the bridge is downtown St Petersburg.
For the sky and water I overlaid the texture from the inside of a native american Cedar canoe. Surely that has nothing to do with this picture yet it seemed to work well. Textures are photos of other things that can be used to add to an otherwise plain surface. I started collecting textures, which is just another way of saying I've been taking pickers of the ground, walls, clouds or interesting patterns. I never know how something will work until I try it out, like this one.
I wrote a post about pictorialism and how I gravitate towards the artistic side of photography. That's evident in this image because I've changed it to convey a feeling or idea, not so much a strict representation of the moment. I'm not that much into the purist side of photography where we document a moment in time. That's an honorable profession, it's just not for me. I'm in it for the art. Totally.
Here are some apartment towers across the pond at the edge of the Vancouver downtown facing Stanley Park. Both the towers and trees cast a reflection on Lost Lagoon as I walked by here not too long ago. Lost Lagoon is a funny name for a pond in the middle of a big city, it conjures up images of a tropical island in the middle of the pacific somewhere, yet here it is in a big city. Maybe they figured no one would think to look for it here.
I once made up a rule about landscape photography, that the more elements a photo has the more interesting or impactful it becomes. By elements I mean earth, file, water and air. So..., the idea is the more I could incorporate in a photo, the more it resonates. Take this for instance, it has water, earth and air. There's a hint of fire on the right from the setting sun. I have no idea if any of this is true, but it's an idea and I kind of like it.
Speaking of lost, I wish they'd make another series like Lost. I was hooked on that real bad; wouldn't it be cool if they did another one? Lost 2, or Lost Again, or better yet, Lost lagoon. I have the perfect location.
Riverwalk in Bradenton is where I go to walk and get a little break in the evening. Usually it's filled with people doing the same, but every now and then I'll have the place to myself. On this occasion the weather dropped below room temperature which is too cold for thin blooded Floridians. As I write it's winter in Florida which is really the best time of year. The climate is moderate and everything is in full swing on account of the tourists.
Last week I went to a restaurant to order take-out. I arrived at six o'clock, ordered and sat at the bar while I waited. Twenty minutes later there was a line up out the door. This is the season many businesses make it big, the time of year when revenue pours through the front door non-stop . Tis the season to be merry. Ho ho ho.
Actually, now that I think about it, winter is like summer here, everyone is out and about, enjoying the outdoors, beaches, restaurants and sports. All the local events are planned for winter; fairs, shows, circus, you name it; everything happens in winter. Summer is our winter because we get tropical storms and torrential rain almost every day. When I first came here it took about three years for me to figure that out. I may be a slow learner but now but now I'm wise to the ways. Ho ho ho.