The Other Morning

Rick bridge, Bridges, Florida, HDR, Landscape, Macphun, photography, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

The other morning I came here to a little park by the bridge. There are nice views all around despite the urban setting. I had the new wide angle Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens. I used it to pull a lot of the scene into the frame. Wide angle lenses are good for that but we have an even wider angle of view with our eyes. I was wondering why don’t we see things this way all the time. Daily Image It was early and I had the place to myself. I took a lot of photos in various directions. The …

Ladies in the A’DAM Lookout

Rick amsterdam, B&W, europe, monochrome, netherlands, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

I noticed these ladies in the A’DAM Lookout sitting and looking out over the city. I’m trying to figure out why I like this. I think its because when we see an image of someone or something we subconsciously project ourselves into the scene. In addition, maybe what they’re looking at creates a question. We see hints of the city beyond. Daily Image This is a type of street photography, even though it didn’t occur on the street. It happened inside an observation lounge of a tall building. Some photos don’t easily fit into a category, maybe this is one. …

Saturday Evening at the Beach

Rick beach, canada, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

This is Saturday Evening at the Beach. After an early dinner I noticed the clouds looking good for a sunset so I headed towards the ocean. I’m glad I did because the display was well worth the effort. At times like this everyone is lined up along the shore with their smart phones snapping away, I arrived just in time and this was the first shot out of my camera. Talk about cutting it close. Daily Image I stress myself out sometimes when chasing sunsets. Getting in the right place at the right time can be easier said than done. …

EYE Filmmuseum

Rick amsterdam, europe, netherlands, streetphotography, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

I hung around here for bit looking at EYE Filmmuseum. It’s a museum dedicated to the visual arts and so while I was here there were a couple of student crews working on video productions. In such a setting, a photographer taking images of odd angles around the outside was perfectly normal. Not that I’d mind if it wasn’t. Daily Image Amsterdam places a high value on the exploration, creation and display of art. I believe that goes hand in hand with the tolerance and diversity of its residents. It is true that arts and diversity make a city vibrant. …

Wide Angle View

Rick Florida, HDR, Landscape, Macphun, Manatee County, Nature, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

This is a wide angle view of the Gulf of Mexico I took from Emerson Point in Florida. I made this with the new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens that was created through the help of a Kickstarter. The claim to fame on this lens is that there is no distortion. That’s something hard to do but someone figured it out and this is the result. Generally we use software to remove the distortion of a wide lens, but in this case it’s not necessary. Anyway, it’s kinda cool in a geeky kind of way and I’ll be carrying the lens …

First Impressions

Rick amsterdam, europe, Macphun, netherlands, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This smokestack was one of my first impressions of Amsterdam as I took a cab to the hotel. I shared the ride with another traveller who asked our driver about it. Slightly annoyed, the driver replied that it was obviously a power plant. Perhaps a lot of people ask the same question upon first arrival. Daily Image A few days later I spied the same stack from atop the A’DAM Lookout and thought it and the clouds made for an interesting image. With this images I’m not trying to make a statement about fossil fuels, pollution or any such thing. …

Slow Train Through Heaven

Rick alaska, bridge, Bridges, Landscape, travel 0 Comments

I took this on a slow train through heaven, otherwise known as the line from Seward to Anchorage. It was in the middle of summer when the days were long and the weather was warm. As we rolled through the mountains we spotted bears and moose along side of the train. Daily Image I stood on a platform between the cars and snapped pictures for much of the five hour journey. We had a choice between the train and a bus but choose the train even though it was slower. Given a choice I will always take the train, it’s …

Night Along the Canals

Rick amsterdam, bridge, Bridges, canal, europe, Macphun, netherlands, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

Well, I’ve not been to Venice yet, but I can’t help but think that the canals of Amsterdam are the next best thing. They form a network through the city and are home to thousands of folks that live in house boats along the sides. And where there are canals there are bridges, everywhere and at every turn. I took this from a corner between two bridges in the central city one night. This is an area not too far from the train station, maybe a ten-minute walk. Daily Image Late at night the lights of the houses reflect on …

Just Before Dawn

Rick canada, Night Photography, nightphotography, panorama, photography, SonyAlpha, Toronto, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is the city of Toronto just before dawn on a Sunday morning. There’s something about the electricity of a city that is attractive, I think it’s something in our nature. I used to live here for a dozen years, it was at a time I stopped doing photography, now when I go back I bring my camera. Daily Image This spot is just east of the city, I’m sure it’s popular with photographers but there were none here at this hour. I guess I was a little lucky with the timing because just as I was finishing up it …

Posthoornkerk

Rick amsterdam, europe, Landscape, netherlands, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is the Posthoornkerk Church not far from the hotel I stayed at Amsterdam. In fact I took this out the window of the room. It was a cloudy day, perfect for photography, and just as I returned to my room I noticed the light streaming down along the horizon. However the way the hotel was designed there were two walls of glass between me and the outside. Nevertheless the image turned out without any reflections. Daily Image When I wasn’t out walking around I’d stand by the window and watch the people ride bikes past on the street below. …