This is a panorama from four images I shot handheld in Bradenton last night. Because I'd been away in Alaska it's been a few weeks since I was here. So camera in one hand and dog leash in the other I proceeded down the riverwalk just before dusk. What I wasn't expecting was the number of people out milling around, there were hundreds, much more than usual. In two words, Pokemon Go.
It was an unusual sight, I've never seen anything like it. I felt like I was in some sci-fi flick were everyone was connect to a central brain and I was watching from the outside. But, as I observed, people were talking, walking from place to place, and generally having fun. I thought to myself that these people would otherwise be at home watching TV yet they are out on the riverwalk in the evening.
When I stopped to take this picture, several others noticed what I was doing and turned around to take similar photos. They couldn't have done that sitting at home. Maybe because of the game a bunch of folks got outside, mingled, and had a chance to see some things they don't normally see. If it takes a game to do that then hey, why not?
A couple of weeks ago after some afternoon rain I drove up to Fort DeSoto Park to take photos. As I looked back I noticed this rainbow over the bridge. From where I stood it appeared to span about 8 miles from one side of the Sunshine Skyway to the other. To get this photo I took four vertical images, from left to right and stitched them together to form a panorama.
I have mixed feelings about this image. On the one hand the placement of the rainbow over the bridge is nice and if you look close there's even a double rainbow. If I didn't know better I might think it was photoshopped. On the other hand the scene lacks drama. That aside I decided to keep it as is, an image of a rainbow over the bridge without much drama.
With some images I take a lot of pains to simplify them in post production. I feel it's important to not have distractions in an image. This one however needed none of that, just water, sky, bridge and a rainbow. Sometimes images like this just demand to left alone because they have a voice all their own. In this case I suppose I have to agree with that.
This is a panorama of Vancouver's Coal Harbour. I took this from Stanley Park one night and I wasn't alone. Not only is this a popular spot for photography, Vancouver has a lot of photographers. There were several other photographers out with their tripods composing their shots of this great city.
In this case I used three vertical eight-second exposures that I stitched together. I enjoy making panoramas with a full frame camera because of the amount of detail in the image. Whenever I print these I marvel at the smallest details.
One reason photography is so fun for me is because I get to go back and look at a scene in quiet contemplation. At the time there may be a lot going on and it's easy to miss things. But I tend to see more things later when looking at images. I'm like a chipmunk gathering acorns of time, holding them and then enjoying them later.
Anyway, I almost didn't take this photo because it's been done so many times before. But I'm glad I did, if for no other reason than I get to go back and enjoy the scene now.