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. …

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 …

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 …

I’m Not the Only One

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

This was taken after a couple days of rain. When it finally cleared up the clouds looked like feathers in the sky. I procrastinated and by the time I decided to take pictures there was not much time left. I quickly drove to a nearby spot by the bridge. Simultaneously as I pulled up so did several other vehicles. It seems I’m not the only one looking for a sunset at the very last minute. Daily Image I stood across the street from the water so as not to be obtrusive as I captured this fisherman in profile. He looked …

The View West

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

The view west from Redington Shores is, well, the best. Recently I posted shots facing north, then south, and so finally this is towards the setting sun. It was a good day and the clouds were perfect. I used a wide angle 12mm lens which makes the sun appear as a small dot on the horizon. Daily Image Wide angle lenses have a tendency to make things appear to converge on the horizon. For reasons of physics, mathematics and optics, all of which are beyond me, most wide angle lenses will cause the horizon line to bow. The wide angle …

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 …

Dawn on the North Pier

Rick bridge, Bridges, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

I took at dawn on the north pier which is where all the local fishermen hang out. The pier is the remnants of the old bridge that was replaced by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. To get out here you need to pay a fee to the parks department. Everyone that pays that fee comes here to fish, I’m the only one that comes here to take pictures. When I show up before dawn without a fishing poll I get a few sideways glances. Daily Image I’ve taken pictures of this bridge from a lot of angles but this is my …

Saturday Evening at the Beach

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

This is Saturday Evening at the Beach. After an early dinner I noticed the clouds looking good for a sunset so I headed towards the ocean. I’m glad I did because the display was well worth the effort. At times like this everyone is lined up along the shore with their smart phones snapping away, I arrived just in time and this was the first shot out of my camera. Talk about cutting it close. Daily Image I stress myself out sometimes when chasing sunsets. Getting in the right place at the right time can be easier said than done. …

Long Exposure Sunrise

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

This is a long exposure sunrise shot I took Sunday morning from Anna Maria Island. In reality there are waves and gulls and pelicans flying about. But using a couple of strong neutral density filters I can stretch-out the exposure about two or three minutes to create an entirely different effect. It’s a little like looking through an arc welders mask, very little light gets through. Daily Image I have had filters for a while but I recently purchased these Lee filters from B&H in New York. They’ve opened up a world of long exposure photography. And for whatever reason …

Apollo Beach Power Plant

Rick Florida, Landscape, photography, Tampa, Urban 0 Comments

On the far end of Tampa Bay is the Apollo Beach power plant. The way its situated you can see it from just about anywhere. Don’t forget, Florida is flat so anything taller than a palm tree sticks out for miles. This is a three minute long exposure from about twelve miles away. The clouds were situated to naturally frame the silhouette of the plant. Daily Image When relatives come to visit us in the winter we typically take them to the power plant. I know that doesn’t sound like a fun place to go but in fact it is. …