Impression of the Glow

Rick Schwartz abstract, bridge, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

This is an impression of the glow of the clouds. It represents a combination of old and new styles. I gravitate towards pictorialism, meaning that I take liberties to convey a feeling or idea. This is an example of that. I’m more interested in an impression than the actual event. Daily Image I’ve taken a lot of Florida photos over the years and I have collection that I printed and framed several years back. I used to take those to art shows and sell them but then I got too busy and took a break. However I just did another show …

Lookout Tower

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

This is from Robinson Preserve in Bradenton. The reflection of the lookout tower caught my attention as I rode a bike along a trail. Normally the water is not this still during the day but there was no breeze on this warm winter day in February. Daily Image These towers appear in most Florida nature preserves and state parks. I realize now it’s because the land is flat and a tower is the only way to see over the ground cover. I’d never seen these where I grew up in California because they have mountains and all you have to …

Night Scenes Across the River

Rick Schwartz B&W, Florida, Manatee County, monochrome, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban 0 Comments

I shot this in December when the conditions were favorable for fog. It’s an opportunity to capture familiar scenes in a different light. Advection fog occurs when warm air passes over cool water causing evaporation. I live near the river so I notice it just by looking out the window. I headed out one evening to shoot night scenes across the river in Bradenton. Daily Image If you notice, fog changes our perceptions. Sounds are slightly muffled and distances are cut short. It can be intimate or confining. It creates a sense of seclusion in a place that might normally seem …

Mountains in the Sky

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

We don’t have mountains in Florida so as photographers we look to clouds for inspiration. We get all kinds depending on the time of year. These here are typical for winter, in the summer they are even more dramatic. You could say these are our mountains in the sky. Daily Image I took this last week after the rain passed. It was the kind of rain that washes everything and then breaks up in the afternoon, just in time for a sunset. That happens regularly because of the Florida climate. The heat during the day creates disturbances and then the …

Slightly Different Light

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, HDR, Manatee County, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a park bench next to the river. If I could order coffee from this spot it wold be perfect. I could however get a cup at Dunkin Donuts and sit here at sunrise. This is an urban beach with a busy highway just behind me. This is also an example of taking some common scene from an urban setting and portraying it in a slightly different light. Daily Image An HDR image, this is made up of three exposures. I manually blended the exposures to get the mood I wanted. The main focus is the light of the …

Saturday Night Fireworks

Rick Schwartz bridge, Florida, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

These are the Saturday night fireworks we had here in my hometown for the annual regatta. It’s the third year and each year it gets bigger and bigger. They shut down one of the main bridge so people can stand on it to watch the Formula One races. Those boats are pushing the limits of the laws of physics, it really is crazy to watch. The day is filled with food, acrobatic displays and concerts and ends with a firework display. Daily Image I took this from across the river near my home in Palmetto. Palmetto is a small town …

Morning Across the River

Rick Schwartz Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, photography, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

I remember taking this one morning across the river. I recently posted a similar shot from the same morning. This is a long exposure of about three minutes so that everything appears smooth and serene. That’s a theme with me, gravitating toward images that convey still and calm; that’s probably a response to living in a frenetic world. Daily Image Often when I come here in the morning to shoot a sunrise the joggers and walkers will remark to me about what a nice shot I’m getting. They have that subtle pride of ownership in their voice as though they are …

People Watching at the Beach

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

I headed over here for a walk and do some people watching along the beach. I’m glad I did on account of the scenery and the spectacle people that where there to watch the sunset. I’ve mentioned before on the blog about how these crowds of people come to watch the sunset, but I still find it fascinating. Most of the people shown here are from out of town and just the thought of standing by the water watching a sunset is like a dream. Maybe even a dream come true. Daily Image Its fun to take random shots of …

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Rick Schwartz Florida, HDR, Landscape, Macphun, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is the Manatee Memorial Hospital which is across the river from my home. I don’t normally take pictures of hospitals but this perspective across the water was hard to pass up. Reflections make anything look good, it could be a Walmart and if it was reflected in the water I’d probably take a picture of it. Daily Photo I am fortunate to live so close to a hospital, you never know when it will come in handy. Its come in handy a few times for family and neighbors since I moved here. My wife stayed here once and every …

Foggy Night at the Dock

Rick Florida, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, photography, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a foggy night at the dock in Bradenton Florida. We get fog at certain times of the year and it typically lasts only for a couple of weeks. It will roll in at night and blanket the area. I’ve been waiting for it since last year so I headed on a recent evening to capture some images. Daily Image The fog makes everything look mysterious, like a scene from a movie. Even the simplest of scenes take on a sense of intrigue. Street lights form triangular shapes as they fan towards the ground, and in this case are …