Contemporary Jewish Museum

Rick Schwartz B&W, california, monochrome, photography, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is part of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Naturally the design caught my eye and is another example of art in architecture. As unusual a shape as it is, the wide angle lens accentuates the effect. The surrounding buildings seem to bend into its gravitational pull. Daily Image Public art can evoke imagination transporting the thoughts of any who take the time to notice. I believe it subconsciously stimulates our inner worlds one individual at a time. We all need art in our lives. Many of us live, move and age in a world without acknowledgment of …

RON is in TORONTO

Rick Architecture, canada, HDR, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban 0 Comments

I don’t need to tell you because everyone knows Ron is in Toronto. I ran into Ron the other day while wandering around Toronto. It was raining and not too many people were out, but that could have been because it was Sunday morning. In any case, as I said, I was wandering about in the rain and there, right in front of me is Ron. I was a little surprised to see Ron. Daily Image I’m a little shy, so I wasn’t sure if I should go right up to Ron or just hang back. I decided to hang …

Midnight Sun

Rick alaska, Landscape, Nature, Night Photography, Sunset, travel 0 Comments

This is a rendering of the midnight sun in the Alaskan summer. I took this from the balcony of a cruise ship late one evening as we sailed towards Seward. From my perspective on the ship there were hundreds of miles of mountains as far as you can see. The size of Alaska is so big that much of it is untouched by humans. I don’t know that for a fact but given the size, terrain and remoteness it is all but impossible to fully explore. Perhaps Alaska is one of the last remaining frontiers on earth. Daily Image We …

Window Shot

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

This is sunrise north of the Manatee River in Palmetto Florida. I’ll be driving along running an errand and see something that makes me wish I had my camera. Once in a while I have it like the day I took this out the window of my car. The area is known as North River which has a small-town atmosphere. However now we are in the peak of snowbird season which is when the population is doubled due to the number of people that come down to Florida for the winter. More images from around my home Even though I …

Looking North

Rick Bridges, Florida, HDR, Landscape, Manatee County, photography, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

Here is another shot I took from an observation tower looking north towards St Pete. In the foreground is the trail through Robinson Preserve, off in the distance is the Sunshine Skyway bridge and, if you look closely, beyond the bridge is downtown St Petersburg. Click for Florida Gallery For the sky and water I overlaid the texture from the inside of a native american Cedar canoe. Surely that has nothing to do with this picture yet it seemed to work well. Textures are photos of other things that can be used to add to an otherwise plain surface. I …

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 …

Post Holiday Colors

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

The Pacific Centre in Vancouver seems to be into the post holiday colors with a vengeance. There’s an enclosed bridge that goes over the street and it was all lit up in red. Add to that the reflections from the wet street and city lights and its too much for me to pass on. It looked like holiday lights but that was weeks before. I stood in the middle of traffic waiting for someone to cross the setting. Eventually someone did but by that time my camera and I were completely soaked. The things I do for a shot. This …

Catedral de Barcelona

Rick Architecture, B&W, photography, Spain, travel, Urban 0 Comments

This is a small section of the front facade of Catedral de Barcelona. I could stand out front of this building and stare at the details for hours. Judging by the other people standing here, some did. I’m easily impressed, which is not to say this isn’t an amazing work of architecture, it’s just that I rarely get a chance to see buildings like this, so when I do I’m usually overwhelmed. I think that if I see beautiful things often it helps boost my sense of esthetic. That’s true about anything, the more we do the better we get, …

Keeping it Real

Rick B&W, beach 0 Comments

Keeping it real can be harder than it sounds. Putting aside all the things that we think are important, a little quality time is a pretty good way to start. In the end all we really have are connections. The rest can come and go, it’s connections that define us, or so I think. But when I think of the people that have made an impression on me, it was their gift of time that made that possible. This is another photo from Fort Lauderdale Beach. I could just stay at the beach and take photos all day long, it’s …

Before Sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale

Rick beach, Florida, Landscape, photography, travel, Urban 0 Comments

Earlier this month I captured this before sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale, which is on Florida’s Atlantic coast. I was hoping to catch the colors at dawn but there was too much of a marine layer and it wasn’t to be. Nonetheless the city lights cast a glow on the low clouds in this long exposure. I kept the shutter open for about eight-seconds which makes the ocean appear smooth. This was taken from in front of the Marriott hotel where I stayed. I had never been there before and had to follow the GPS to find it the night before. …