Towers Across the Pond

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

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. More images from┬áVancouver I once made up a rule about landscape …

Riverwalk in Bradenton

Rick Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, photography, travel, Urban 0 Comments

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. See more images from around my home Last week I went to a restaurant to order take-out. …

Midday in Sarasota

Rick Florida, Landscape, photography, Sarasota, Urban 0 Comments

I took this at midday in Sarasota while driving around last weekend. For me this is more of a daydream than a real picture. I daydream when I drive sometimes. Some things are so automatic that they get relegated to the autopilot side of the brain while the other side goes in a different direction. I’m headed that way right now. When I look at a scene I look for an impression. We’re each so different no two impressions are the same. For some reason this takes me back to when I was about five years old and our family …

High Vantage

Rick Architecture, France, Landscape, travel 0 Comments

I took this from a high vantage point in Les Baux de Provence where there was once a castle occupied by a king. This is one of the battlements perched on a ridge that defended the fortress. I’m amazed at how they used to build these castles high atop mountains back in the day. No cranes or Caterpillars yet they built sturdy lodgings whose remnants are still partially standing. So much for drywall and stucco. More images from Europe The valley below this spot is filled with rolling hills of endless vineyards and the only invading is done by visitors …

Another Backyard Sunrise

Rick Florida, HDR, Landscape, Manatee County, photography, Sunset, Urban 0 Comments

This is another backyard sunrise from home. I don’t really have a backyard and this is not “my” backyard but, it’s in my hometown so figuratively speaking it’s “in” my backyard. Having said all of that, and having said that this is sunrise, you know I’m facing east. For some reason we get a lot of amazing sunrises happening in the east due to the way the clouds form in my backyard. Let me explain. More images of Florida sunrises The geography and weather patterns of central Florida are such that the clouds often park themselves over the land, not …

Beach Sunday

Rick beach, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, Nature, photography, travel 0 Comments

Today was Beach Sunday in my town. It’s not a holiday, just the day after Saturday and the day before Dreaded Monday. And I know it was Beach Sunday because when I got into my car to drive to the beach at 12:15pm, I hit traffic. It seems everybody got the same idea at the same time. A lot of great minds thinking alike. When we get perfect days like today I have to pinch myself and remember how lucky I am to live here. It’s a twenty minute drive to some of the best beaches on the planet. Today …

Gardens Sunrise

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

A couple of years ago in New Zealand I was here for a Queenstown Gardens sunrise. It’s an oasis of nature in the middle of the city, except for one thing. The city is an oasis in the middle of the wilderness. If that sounded like a contradiction it is. Queenstown doesn’t need an oasis, it’s already surrounded by beauty and awesomeness on all sides. This park is just the cherry on top. I was here on one of Trey Ratcliff’s photo adventures. This was our first day. There were about twenty of us and I really didn’t know anyone …

La Promenade du Peyrou

Rick France, Landscape, photography, streetphotography, travel, Urban 0 Comments

La Promenade du Peyrou is next to the old city centre in Montpellier. Bordering the promenade on two sides are these tree lined walkways. I was here on a rainy day but on a sunny day they provide shade and a place to sit. By using a telephoto lens I created compression in the scene which adds to the sense of a tunnel or covered walkway. In situations like this where there is a line of repeated elements this technique can work pretty well. I had been walking for hours when I got here so I was happy to sit …

Tower View

Rick Florida, HDR, Manatee County, Nature, photography, Sunset 0 Comments

This is the tower view from Robinson Preserve in Bradenton Florida. It’s on a trial about a half mile from the parking lot and a good place to get some perspective on the land. In a way this is a poor mans drone shot without the drone. These are inland marshes and salt flats that attract all manner of wildlife. The waterway on the right is a popular place to kayak and further up are mangrove tunnels to be explored. For this composition I deliberately ignored the rule of thirds because I felt the sky is just as compelling as …

North Vancouver

Rick canada, Landscape, Night Photography, photography, travel, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

North Vancouver is across the harbor from Vancouver. It’s actually a separate city with its own city hall. There are a lot of ways to get over there but the easiest is to take a ten minute ferry across the bay. I did that once and then walked up the streets from the water. They don’t look that steep from here but by the time I got to the top I was huffin and puffin like a Choo Choo train. When I turned around I had the opposite vista of Vancouver on the South side of the bay. Either way …