I took this last year during a sunrise in Siesta Key. I like wandering around and taking pictures here. The beaches are some of the best in the world. But this time I'm looking at bridges rather than beaches. This is one of two bridges to the mainland and I'm standing in a little park where tour boats pickup guests.
Speaking of tour boats, I did a fishing tour last year not far from here. Normally people come back with bags of fish but I wasn't so skilled. I'm not cut out for fishing, not patient enough. When I do fish I feel like I need to have a beer or two, it goes down hill from there. Nevertheless, thousands of fishermen around this part of Florida are very productive. They are just as serious about fishing as I am about photography. Perhaps I could offer to take their photo when they catch "the big one".
Speaking of taking photos of fishermen, that's exactly what I did later on this morning. A family of fishermen (or fisherpeople?) noticed me an asked if I could take their picture. Normally folks just hand me a cell phone but this time they asked if I'd do it with my own camera. So I did and ended up sending it to them later. They liked it so much they use it for their Facebook profile.
Speaking of Facebook, did you know you can follow me on Facebook? Go on over here and say hello: https://www.facebook.com/JustEnoughFocus. While you're doing that I'm going to take a break from Facebook and go take more fisherman pictures.
Speaking of which....
This is a long exposure I took while walking under a bridge in Central Amsterdam. The hanging vertical lights and their reflections created an eerie effect. It's a public space that's transformed into a surreal display of light, reflection and color by night. Just one of many surprises I found while walking around the city of Amsterdam.
I spent a lot of time along the canals at night. It seemed perfectly safe, save for the odd solicitations in a certain quarter not to be mentioned; but that's another story for another day. No matter where I turned there were lights reflected on the water. If you've followed me you know that's too much for me to resists; the lights that is.
I stood at this spot for a while taking pictures. Every now and then this space was filled with the rumble of trains passing overhead. I passed this same spot in a canal boat tour earlier in the day and it didn't look anything like this. I would never have guessed it could be transformed like this at night.
The reason I came to Amsterdam is that I had some photos being shown in a Museum in Harderwijk at an event sponsored by BTP and Rinus Bakker. My plan is to come back for the next showing and spend a little more time exploring places like this. Until then I'll have to be content with my memories and photos.
This is an example of looking in the other direction during a sunset. The warm light and color in the clouds can be just as valid an image as the sunset itself. These are the Sutro Baths which are at the north end of Ocean Beach in San Francisco. I took this from the Cliff House Bistro where you can eat with a view of the Pacific. I stepped outside to take a few pics of the sunset and then turned my camera north to capture this.
Earlier in the day I was on those mountains across the bay at Point Bonita Lighthouse. It's a thirty minute drive over the mountains with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
I did not see whales on this visit but have at other times seen Humpback and Orca. I managed to get a few images last time but they didn't turn out that great since I was too far away.
The Sutro Baths used to be covered by a big structure. There were seven pools that were heated to different temperatures. The baths could be filled at high tide in about an hour. These remnants are all that's left of what was a popular attraction in late 1800's. However they are still filled at high tide. At low tide there is a small beach just below the rocks.
Anyway, this is a place to walk and hike around the cliffs and trails and look out to the sea. I recommend it if your in the area. And who knows you might even see a whale or two.