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 …

An Ageless Confrontation

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

It seems there is an ageless confrontation between the water and the land. The water attempts to reclaim the land. The land fortifies itself with mangroves. I think the water eventually wins. Sooner or later the land is consumed by the water. Then during another ice age, the water will recede and the land will again take prominence. Daily Image   For this I used a wide angle lens. When I do that I am trying to capture as much of the sky as possible. This is an ultra-wide angle so everything seems to converge on the horizon. This was …

Little Beach with a View

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, HDR, Landscape, Manatee County, Sunset 0 Comments

This is an image of the mangroves in Palmetto near my home. It’s a little hidden beach not far from the road. I never knew it was there until I noticed a trail leading into the bush. Much to my surprise there’s a little beach with a view of the sunset. Daily Image It’s been said that photographers should first learn to shoot images around their home before venturing out. Years after hearing that I have to agree. In my case the more I explore the more I discover. It’s amazing how many things we overlook when we’re not looking. …

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 …

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 …

In Plain View

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

This is a state park I never knew we had that’s five minutes from home. I had it in my mind to follow this old road and there it was, a park I never knew existed; Terra Ceia Preserve State Park. In fact I’ve driven by here hundreds of times. This entrance is adjacent to a main highway that I take all the time. I just assumed it was private land. I stopped at a kayak launch and talked to this gentleman who, it turns out, leads tours through the park. Silly me; I forgot to get his name. But …

Hometown Sky

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

I live in an urban area so landscape photos require a little driving. In the afternoon I watch the clouds and if I think they’ll be favorable for a good sunset I may get in my car in time to drive to a location. However when aIl else fails and I only have five or ten minutes, this is where I go. It’s a little park by the water about two blocks from home. This is my go to location for emergency close-to-home sunsets. Landscape photography gets me out and allows be to experience some beautiful settings. When I do, …

Tower View

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

This is the tower view from Robinson Preserve in Bradenton Florida. It’s on a trial about a half mile from the parking lot and a good place to get some perspective on the land. In a way this is a poor mans drone shot without the drone. These are inland marshes and salt flats that attract all manner of wildlife. The waterway on the right is a popular place to kayak and further up are mangrove tunnels to be explored. For this composition I deliberately ignored the rule of thirds because I felt the sky is just as compelling as …