Life Close to Home

Rick Bridges, clouds, cloudscape, drone, Florida, Landscape, landscapephotography, Manatee County, Sunset 0 Comments

Here is section of the town where I live taken with a drone. This is Palmetto along the north bank of the Manatee River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Having just spent a few weeks away I’m happy to be getting back to the routines of life close to home. One of those routines is getting out to take images of the sunset like this. Daily Image About a week ago Hurricane Irma passed by and this river nearly flooded. We were fortunate it did not and that is something everyone here is thankful for. The shared …

Palmetto and Bradenton Panorama

Rick Bridges, clouds, cloudscape, drone, Florida, Landscape, landscapephotography, Manatee County, Sunset 0 Comments

Now that I’m getting a little better at flying the drone I’m starting to make panoramas. It’s basically the same process that I use on the ground, which is to shoot vertical images and stitch them together. One of the options on the drone is to shoot in portrait mode. So once I’m in position I switch the drone camera into portrait mode and take several shots side-by-side. Daily Image This is one such panorama over the neighboring towns of Palmetto and Bradenton. I live in Palmetto on the right and Bradenton is just across the river on the left. …

Light Over the River

Rick bridge, clouds, cloudscape, Florida, Landscape, landscapephotography, Manatee County, minimalism, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Urban 0 Comments

I captured the light over the river one evening after the rain. Riverwalk is quiet directly after a heavy rain. However within thirty minutes people are back milling about, walking, running and fishing from the pier. Daily Image I get a little carried away when the light is like this. I’m attuned to special light. For instance I noticed it while doing exercise at the gym this morning. The clouds were in such a way that the light was diffused and I noticed. I notice it pretty much each evening in summer when we get broken clouds after rain. And …

Independence Day in Florida

Rick Bridges, Florida, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

We sat along the north side of the river thinking the fireworks would be on the other side as in previous years. We were wrong and this year they were on our side. So as it turned out, waterfront homes and a palm tree obstructed our view. But what I thought was a minor annoyance turned into an iconic symbol of Independence Day in Florida. Daily Image In the middle of summer you can count on more than one type of fireworks. Thunder and lightning are as constant as the heat and humidity. There is a lot of energy in …

Reflections on the Water

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

Every now and then if there is no wind and the tide isn’t moving, water in the river becomes smooth. When it happens it creates the conditions for night photography with reflections on the water. Daily Image This is an area where I walk my dog near the Manatee River. However I rarely see it like this. So while walking Mr. Wiggles I noticed and decided to come back. Later that night I packed my camera and drove back to this spot in a residential neighborhood. It was a little strange because I probably looked suspicious there late at night. …

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 …

Things We Overlook

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

Lately I’ve been taking photos close to home. No matter where we live there are things we overlook. Yesterday I posted a photo along a busy highway. By simply turning around the scene looks remote and secluded. A theme for me in photography, and I suppose life, is perspective. It informs much of what I do. I look for a perspective that resonates amongst the distractions of an urban setting. Daily Image The other night I walked along a trail by the river to take photos of the sunset. As I was returning to my car I noticed this mangrove …

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 …

Sailing Nowhere

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

As far as I can tell this boat has been here for years and is sailing nowhere. One morning I headed over by the water to take pictures of the sunrise. There is a mooring field between two bridges and it’s a place to watch the sunrise or sunset depending on which way you’re facing. My theory is that this is an abandoned boat because it’s been here for years and never seems to move. Before I moved to Florida it never occurred to me but apparently there are abandoned boats out there. From a purely aesthetic point of view, …

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 …