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. …

Lido Key

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, HDR, Macphun, Sarasota 0 Comments

I don’t know what I was thinking when I showed up early one morning at Lido Key. By Florida standards it was freezing with a cold wind. I almost turned around to leave but forced myself out of the car to get a few images. I ended up liking this image enough to save it from the dust bin. Daily Image Normally this is a beautiful beach, a secret hideaway. Its close to an inter-coastal inlet and has trails and mangroves to explore either on foot or kayak. And being at the end of the key it’s less crowded. All …

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 …

Where the Land Ends

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

If you drive west in San Francisco you eventually end up where the land ends. Appropriately name Lands End is a required stop when I’m here. On Monday I had a red-eye back flight home and so that afforded me the perfect opportunity to spend a couple of hours here before heading to the airport. I am so glad I did. Daily Image Staying in the heart of the city its easy to get disconnected from nature and the beauty that surrounds this part of California. I was feeling a little bit of that when I arrived. But as soon …

Midnight Along the Canals

Rick amsterdam, bicycle, bikes, bridge, Bridges, canal, europe, netherlands, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

I took this while walking after midnight along the canals of Amsterdam. There aren’t many places in the world I feel safe walking late at night, but this city is one. Maybe I am naive, but it’s a good sign when you see all manner of people out walking at the same late hour, as though it was a perfectly normal thing to do. As I write this I am returning from a major American city where I spent a few days. To be honest I would not walk alone at night in that city. But Amsterdam is different in …

Bike Roads

Rick amsterdam, B&W, bicycle, bikes, europe, monochrome, streetphotography, Tonality, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

In Amsterdam there are bike roads constructed everywhere. I’m not even sure they should be considered lanes because in many cases they are roads in their own right. The first thing I learned when I came here was that they are not for pedestrians. It only took one time. The same thing happened to me in Vancouver once. It must be a common mistake for foreigners. Daily Image Quite often you’ll see passengers sitting sideways on the rack. The racks on these bikes are sturdy and people carry everything on them. While walking in the morning I saw parents carrying …

The Floor of Toronto’s Eaton Centre

Rick Architecture, B&W, canada, Macphun, monochrome, photography, streetphotography, Toronto, travel 0 Comments

The floor of Toronto’s Eaton Centre as I walked through early one morning. The shapes and lines caught my eye so I used a balcony to capture it looking down. There are normally a lot of people walking around but I was here before opening. Daily Image Years ago when I lived here this was called the Eaton Center. Eaton’s department store was one of the anchors with Hudson’s Bay the other. Things have changed since those days and the stores are now different and the name of the mall is changed. However I think everyone still calls it the …

Meditation Sunset

Rick Florida, HDR, Landscape, Manatee County, Nature, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

This is a meditation sunset from Emerson Point in my hometown of Palmetto. It’s the kind of image you might see on the cover of a meditation book, at least that’s what comes to my mind. Daily Image Speaking of which, I’ve been trying meditation lately. Not that I know what I’m doing, just taking a few minutes to clear my mind when I can. Long story short, it’s easier said than done. And to be honest I’m not sure if this picture would help. As soon as I look at a photo I start thinking thoughts and you’re not …

Panorama of Coal Harbour

Rick canada, panorama, photography, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration, Vancouver 0 Comments

This is a panorama of Coal Harbour in Vancouver. I took this in the middle of summer after a trip to Alaska. When I’m in Vancouver I like to walk along this path. There are always a lot of people out walking, jogging and cycling. Also I think proximity to the water is a good way to clear out the cobwebs. Daily Image The original image is even wider but I cropped it because I thought it was too wide. This portion is composed of five photos stitched together in Autopano Giga. It’s a good tool and once you get …