Not Enough Focus

Rick abstract, Florida, Manatee County, photography, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

More than once on the blog I’ve mentioned that I prefer pictorialism to realism. I also prefer impressionism although I struggle for ways to express that in photography. One simple way however is through blurred images. This is an impressionistic street scene with not enough focus. Daily Image I shot this on my first outing with a new lens, the Sony 85mm 1.8. I didn’t purposely take this out of focus, it was a mistake, but I immediately liked it. It makes me think I should do more. I prefer images that leave something for the imagination; they are more …

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 …

Bradenton Beach Under the Light of a Nearly Full Moon

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

This is Bradenton Beach under the light of a nearly full moon. I was taking pictures with a friend and everything was illuminated by the glow from the moon. Coming to the beach at night is an experience that is completely different from daytime. For me it’s a meditative experience. The overwhelming sensation is the sound of the waves. Daily Image If possible I try to take pictures of people in night scenes like this. That’s not always possible but with a moon glow and a high enough ISO it sometimes works. In this case there are people with a …

The Shore of Tampa Bay

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, Landscape, Nature, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

This is an example of what happens when you just sit still and let things happen. I sat here on the shore of Tampa Bay watching the sunrise. I wasn’t doing much, just sitting and watching when all of a sudden this egret landed only a few feet from me. He didn’t seem to mind me as long as I didn’t make sudden movements. Daily Image Egrets are one of the more adaptable birds to human activity. It’s not unusual to see them in the parking lot of a grocery story. In fact one day I had one on my …

Heron Sleeping by the Causeway

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

A theme this week seems to be birds. For what ever reason I’ve been processing bird images to share. Yesterday I posted an eagle, today a heron sleeping by the causeway and tomorrow will be an egret. When I take so many photos near the water it’s hard not to capture birds. Daily Image If framed properly birds can enhance a scene. When a bird is sitting still during a sunset it adds an extra element to the story. We unconsciously sympathize with other creatures, human or otherwise. So a heron sleeping on one leg at the waters edge adds …

Juvenile Eagle in the Moonlight

Rick Schwartz Florida, Manatee County, Nature, nightphotography, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

This week my intention was to capture the full moon, but for one reason or another I was striking out. So yesterday morning I stopped at the Palmetto Estuary near my home. I parked and walked out to the viewing platform. Much to my surprise I saw was this juvenile eagle in the moonlight about fifty feet away. As a photographer I know these opportunities don’t come along everyday. Daily Image I don’t know much about birds but this year I’ve been watching a YouTube channel on the progress of an eaglet known as E9. I’ve come to learn a …

Midday at New Pass in Sarasota

Rick Schwartz Florida, Landscape, Sarasota, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

The West coast of Florida is lined with barrier islands known as keys or cays, We call the water behind the keys the intercostal waterway. In a boat you can travel up and down the state inside the intercostal. Every five miles or so channels appear between the islands. This is midday at New Pass in Sarasota. For some reason the water here is always a turquoise green color, probably due to the white sand. Daily Image I’m standing on a bridge that connects Ledo Key with Longboat Key. We were out for a Sunday drive and it seems our …

Idyllic Childhood Memories

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, Landscape, Macphun, Manatee County, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

For me this brings back idyllic childhood memories at the beach. I’m grown up but I still relate to what these children are doing. I think we all do. Daily Image I am fortunate to live near a beach like this. I can just hop in the car and be here in a few minutes. When I see that the conditions are good in the evening I’ll drive over. By conditions of course I’m referring to photographic conditions. For me that means nice clouds. I took this at the height of spring break so there were tens of thousands at …

Cityscape Panorama Across Sarasota Bay

Rick Schwartz bridge, Florida, Landscape, panorama, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a cityscape panorama across Sarasota Bay. To create this I took three vertical images using a 55 mm lens and then stitched them together in Autopano Giga. The reason I did that rather than use a wide angle lens is it creates a realistic view of the scene whereas wide angle lenses tend to distort the sky. Each method has its use. Daily Image My guess is that these sailboats are in a mooring field. There is another mooring field on the other side of that bridge just out of sight. That one is busy but this one …

Dolphins Pass by Emerson Point

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

Here is a group of people watching as a pod of dolphins pass by Emerson Point. I was too busy composing my shot and only when I got home did I realize they were watching dolphins. If you click on the photo and zoom in you can see them just offshore. These highly intelligent animals are common in Florida so sightings are not unusual. Daily Image Whenever we have visitors come to Florida we hope they get to see dolphins. It seems that if you’re looking for them they don’t show, but they’re always around when you’re not. I barley …