Like So Many Grains of Sand

Rick Schwartz beach, california, Nature, san francisco, SanFrancisco, Sunset, travel 0 Comments

People dot the beach like so many grains of sand. A few weeks ago I was looking out over Ocean Beach from the Cliff House in San Francisco. When I first looked I was met with this spectacle. That got me thinking about the age old adage about grains of sand on a beach. And from that my mind took off on its own, not waiting for me to catch up. Daily Image It seems people and technology have been recalculating the size of the universe lately and we now know its much bigger than we thought. To put it …

Photos from Amsterdam

Rick Schwartz amsterdam, bicycle, bikes, europe, netherlands, streetphotography, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

It seems every time I look at my photos from Amsterdam there are bicycles. Any direction you look people are going this way and that on bikes. It’s refreshing to see especially from a North American perspective. The only way I can relate to this is having grown up in suburbia where, as kids we rode bikes everywhere. Here, they just keep on doing it as adults. Daily Image From a photographic perspective it creates ideas for images. One of my favorite is riders in motion. To do that you have to pan the camera along with the rider. If …

Photographic Angle

Rick Schwartz canada, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration, Vancouver 0 Comments

A photographic angle of a modern building caught my eye while walking through a big city. It’s at the foot of Telus Gardens which is a new building with innovative architecture and is supposedly one of the most energy efficient in the world. The image is a little confusing. The translucency and reflections of the elevator on the left create a little perplexity. Daily Image I took several identical frames hand held using a high ISO setting. Normally I would use a tripod but this time I was trying a different technique. I used Photoshop to combine the identical images …

Out Over San Francisco

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Looking out over San Francisco from the top of Coit Tower there is a lot to take in. It’s a good good I was here in the morning because this is popular and at other times there are be lines to get up. But on this morning there were only a few people on top and the view in all directions was unobstructed. Daily Image San Francisco is hilly enough, but when standing up here on a tower everything is accentuated. I used a wide angle lens to pack in as much as possible, but of course this is only looking in …

On the Last Night

Rick Schwartz beach, california, Landscape, Nature, nightphotography, san francisco, SonyAlpha, Sunset, travel 0 Comments

It seems that I’ve started a tradition of going to Lands End for a sunset on the last night of a visit to San Francisco. Not that planned it, it just seemed to work out that way. So far I’ve been rewarded with great sunsets, what are the odds of that each time? I’m just knocking on a piece of wood right now to persevere whatever good luck the photography gods have bestowed upon me. I can go a long way with a little luck. Daily Image This time I ate dinner at the Cliff House Bistro, it’s right on …

Train to Anchorage

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I took this on a train to Anchorage Alaska as I stood on the platform of a rail car just behind the engine. It is fair to say I got a good dose of diesel fumes that day, especially in the tunnels. But I wouldn’t have traded it for anything, it was an awesome experience. 

The more I ride trains the more pictures I have of coming through tunnels. It invariable evokes the metaphors of pulling through and the light at the end. These are things we all experience and it’s natural to find corollaries in the world to represent …

Bikes, Umbrellas and Canals

Rick Schwartz amsterdam, bicycle, bikes, Bridges, canal, europe, netherlands, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

If I had to sum up my impressions of Amsterdam in three words I would say bikes, umbrellas and canals. There were a lot of each. To take it a step further, operating a bike shop here is steady employment. As well, I think that selling umbrellas might also be big business. Daily Image I stood on an adjacent bridge taking photos of people as they crossed this bridge. This scene typifies the central canal district and is repeated hundreds of times from one bridge to the next. Because I was carrying a camera I didn’t have an umbrella, otherwise …

Look Into The Future

Rick Schwartz beach, california, Macphun, Nature, san francisco, SonyAlpha, Sunset, travel 0 Comments

What do you see when you look into the future? I think looking into the future is a bit of a fools errand. You think you know what will happen but it doesn’t. And it takes attention away from the present moment, the here and the now. Not that I don’t dream, set goals have a New Years resolution or two. Living in the present while not losing track of the direction of our lives is a balancing act. Daily Image This image makes me think of those kinds of things. It’s a metaphor for the uncertainty in the sea …

Redington Shores

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa, travel 0 Comments

This is from a few days ago in Redington Shores, a beach community south of Clearwater. People were out strolling along the beach at sunset. The water was cold to the touch but still some were swimming or smashing about nonetheless. Daily Image I was visiting a friend who lives in a condo overlooking the gulf. The view of the beach at sunset is indescribable. The last time I visited it was at the end of summer and an afternoon storm blew in. However not it’s winter and the water is calm, almost without waves. During that storm the waves …

A’DAM Lookout

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This is a three minute exposure of the EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM Lookout. Below the lookout is a giant sign that says “I amsterdam”. The lookout is one of the few places in the city you can get high enough to see everything. It has a lounge below the observation deck so can view and remain cozy inside. I took this just after arriving from Florida wasn’t used to the cool air. I tend to block out the weather when I’m taking pictures. I stayed out for two or three hours before going back to the hotel. I needed of …