Graceful Act

Rick beach, Florida, minimalism, Sarasota, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

The other day I stood at the waters edge of Sarasota Bay and watched the skimmers ply their trade. To get this I used high-speed settings to freeze the bird in mid flight. The skimmer flies inches above the water while scooping up food with its beak and leaving a small wake. It’s a graceful act to watch or photograph on a warm summer evening. Daily Image I just returned from the high desert. It was beautiful and very different from the Gulf Coast of Florida. Photographing the desert takes a different set of eyes than those I’ve developed for …

Follow Your Passion

Rick beach, Florida, photography, SonyAlpha, Tampa 0 Comments

I took this a couple of years ago at a kite festival on St Pete’s beach in Florida. This was part of an exhibition in synchronized flying. There were a couple more kites out of frame and they would all fly together in formation. The people flying these were pros that knew what they were doing. Who knew there was such a thing as professional kite fliers? Certainly not me, but you know what they say, follow your passion. Daily Image I’m not sure how they didn’t get the strings tangled or how they maintained their distance, but it was …

Simplicity of the Scene

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

I am fortunate because I can drive to the beach in a few minutes. I’m double fortunate because I like photography. Those two reasons conspired to get me to the beach the other day where I simply walked up and down taking photos. This is one of my favorite due to the simplicity of the scene and the timing of the shot. Daily Image I was lining up to get the sun reflected in the puddle and noticed the skimmer out of the corner of my eye. I took three rapid shots with this being the best. To be honest, …

Skimmers on the Beach

Rick beach, Florida, Landscape, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

There is a colony of skimmers on the beach not far from my home on Anna Maria Island. They have a patch of sand that they come back to each year to hatch and nurse their young. It’s normally taped off so we don’t interfere with the hatchlings. Anything that hatches and nests in the sand is quite vulnerable. The adults take turns guarding the nest. In fact the whole colony, whether they have chicks or not, pitch in on security detail. It takes a village to raise a skimmer. Daily Image This is taken at a different location in …

As Though in a Dream

Rick beach, Florida, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

Recently I drove to the beach to take pictures when the moon was nearly full. In places like Bradenton Beach there aren’t many lights so a bright moon will cast a shadow. It makes for an eerie light as though in a dream. When the moon is absent you cannot even see to the end of the pier. Daily Image The egret here stood at the end of the pier while I setup the tripod and captured this long exposure in the soft glow. He remained still during the exposure because he was watching for a fish below. It seems …

Portable Lifeguard Stands

Rick beach, Florida, HDR, Landscape, Macphun, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

This is at Siesta Key where we went to see a sand sculpture exhibition. However the most iconic thing about the beach is the portable lifeguard stands. They’re painted in primary colors and spaced every hundred meters. This time I hung around the yellow one because it’s where the sand sculptures were. Daily Images The beach is situated so the sun set on one end. Normally in central Florida the beach faces west. I am heading up to the Florida panhandle in a few weeks and it will be a similar experience. From a compositional perspective each has its advantages. …

An Antidote for Gloominess

Rick beach, Florida, Landscape, panorama, Sarasota, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

I’m originally from California but I lived in Canada for a while. During the long cold winter I imagined what it would be like to live in Florida. This image of Venice Florida is a close approximation of how I envisioned it. Condos on a long sandy beach seem like an antidote for gloominess. It’s no wonder people come down here for a change of scenery. Daily Image This is another panorama; I’ve been doing a lot of these lately. This one is composed of four images, two on the left and two on the right. Each side has one …

Seawall and Fishing Pier at Fort Desoto Park

Rick B&W, beach, Florida, Landscape, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

This is the seawall and fishing pier at Fort Desoto Park in St Petersburg. We drove up here the other day to walk and watch the sunset. When we arrived we’d just missed a couple of large cruise ships passing out of Tampa Bay; all the ships pass this point. Daily Image The cruise ships that leave out of Tampa are typically sailing to Mexico, the western Caribbean and now Cuba. Just a few weeks ago the first US based cruise ships departed for a port of call in Cuba. That was big news around here. It takes about an …

Weekend State of Mind

Rick beach, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, Nature, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

I post a lot of sunset images because it’s one of the main attractions of the area I live in. If the conditions are right on a Friday or Saturday its even better because it seems everyone is in the same kind of weekend state of mind. Any evening can be good but Fridays and Saturdays have their own special quality. Daily Image Last weekend I took a little hike to this secluded beach. Other than that you need a boat to get here. These people were taking pictures of the sunset and had a boat. I, on the other …

Secluded Beach on Longboat Key

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, Nature, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

This past weekend I took an excursion to a secluded beach on Longboat Key. At least I thought it would be secluded. As it turned out I was only one of about a dozen photographers there. One was doing an engagement shoot, one a maternity shoot, a couple were shooting landscapes and finally a camera club showed up as well. There was a spectacular sunset so I’m pretty sure everyone got good shots and left happy. I know I did. Daily Image This beach is only accessible by boat or hike; it’s not right off the highway like most beaches …