End of Lake Wakatipu

Rick HDR, Landscape, Nature, New Zealand, photography, travel 0 Comments

This is the end of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy. I was here a couple of years ago on a Trey Ratcliff photo adventure. I had just switched from Nikon to Sony and so was still struggling with the placement of the buttons and menus. Sometimes I go back and look at my settings and wonder what I was thinking, like this one, my aperture was f10; seems a bit high. Maybe I should just forget about that and just enjoy the scenery. Forget I even mentioned it. I was going back to look at my New Zealand photos and found this …

Approaching Howe

Rick B&W, canada, Night Photography, photography, streetphotography, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

A street scene as I was approaching Howe Street on a Saturday night in Vancouver. I’m waking along Robson which is where a lot happens, it’s the nerve center of shopping in Vancity. The rain is never a reason to stay indoors and from what I can tell people ignore it. That’s a good policy and it will serve you well. If you can’t beat it, join it with a raincoat and umbrella. It was kind of funny actually. I found myself here with these amazing conditions early in the evening and got pretty excited. This is a street photographers …

Random Beach Shot

Rick beach, Florida, HDR, Landscape, Manatee County, photography 0 Comments

This is a random beach shot I took last year at Bradenton Beach, Florida. I was standing alongside this old broken down pier, one of several which has since been demolished and removed. I don’t know the county’s plans but it would be nice if they built a new one so I could take pictures of that too. It’s all about me. I work during the day and spend much of my time at a computer. So when I write my blog I get to stare at something other than documents for a spell. I remember back when I took …

Foreshore Trail

Rick beach, canada, HDR, Landscape, Nature, photography, Vancouver 0 Comments

The Foreshore Trail follows the shoreline around UBC in Vancouver. I walked several miles of it recently and took my time while I was at it. According to the map it was only three miles, but it took me two hours. I can be real slow when I have a camera in my hand. It’s a good reason to go it alone. These people were jogging in the same direction, but as the trail became nothing more than big rocks on the beach they slowed down which allowed me to compose this shot. Soon they were off and I was …

Catedral de Barcelona

Rick Architecture, B&W, photography, Spain, travel, Urban 0 Comments

This is a small section of the front facade of Catedral de Barcelona. I could stand out front of this building and stare at the details for hours. Judging by the other people standing here, some did. I’m easily impressed, which is not to say this isn’t an amazing work of architecture, it’s just that I rarely get a chance to see buildings like this, so when I do I’m usually overwhelmed. I think that if I see beautiful things often it helps boost my sense of esthetic. That’s true about anything, the more we do the better we get, …

Keeping it Real

Rick B&W, beach 0 Comments

Keeping it real can be harder than it sounds. Putting aside all the things that we think are important, a little quality time is a pretty good way to start. In the end all we really have are connections. The rest can come and go, it’s connections that define us, or so I think. But when I think of the people that have made an impression on me, it was their gift of time that made that possible. This is another photo from Fort Lauderdale Beach. I could just stay at the beach and take photos all day long, it’s …

Sea of Glass

Rick Architecture, canada, photography, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

This sea of glass is the Coal Harbor Section of Vancouver. In the center sits the Olympic Cauldron and all around are the towers of downtown Vancouver. I came down here for a few minutes as my hotel was just a block away. It had just been raining so it was mostly deserted, the perfect time to capture the architecture of the place without the pressing crowds normally found here. It’s amazing how many people work in these buildings. But if you get on the subway in the morning you’ll see waves of people coming to work and filling these …

Other Side of the Rainbow

Rick canada, Landscape, photography, Sunset, travel, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

For some reason this made me think of the other side of the rainbow. Maybe because we had nothing but rain before I took this, only there was no rainbow afterward, just clouds. The kind of rain they get here in Vancouver in the winter is not conducive to rainbows, the leprechauns get out of town and winter in Florida. It’s too bad, I would love to set the pot. That didn’t come out right. To create this image I stood on the shoulders of giants. This is an HDR image which means I combined three exposures to get the …

Before Sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale

Rick beach, Florida, Landscape, photography, travel, Urban 0 Comments

Earlier this month I captured this before sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale, which is on Florida’s Atlantic coast. I was hoping to catch the colors at dawn but there was too much of a marine layer and it wasn’t to be. Nonetheless the city lights cast a glow on the low clouds in this long exposure. I kept the shutter open for about eight-seconds which makes the ocean appear smooth. This was taken from in front of the Marriott hotel where I stayed. I had never been there before and had to follow the GPS to find it the night before. …

Skytrain Station

Rick canada, photography, streetphotography, travel, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

I took this at a Skytrain station in Vancouver. It’s called the Skytrain because most of it is above ground. I’m not from around here so I still call it a subway, but when I do I get glances. The kind of glance that says you’re not from around here are you? Maybe one day I’ll get it right, but its kind of low on the priority list. That aside it’s the best run transit system I’ve seen outside of Disney World. There are no drivers and everything is automated, a little like Tomorrowland. However as a programmer it gives me just …