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. …

You Got My Attention

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

I’m driving home early one morning and look over to see this scene in the East. Sights like this are like unexpected bonus points. I look over and say to no one in particular, “Okay, you got my attention”. Of course I want to take a photo. I was a few minutes away so I kept my calm, made it home and ran in to grab my camera. Daily Image Lately I’ve been taking photos around my town. I’m finding spots I never knew existed. Or sometimes I just stick with places I know. This is obviously of the latter …

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 …

Fortunate Enough

Rick Schwartz Florida, HDR, Macphun, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, photography, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

This is a long exposure of the marina in Palmetto. Once the sun goes down the glow on the horizon fades for about an hour. The last few minutes of the glow are almost imperceptible yet appears more pronounced with a long exposure. This is image is eight-seconds and of course was taken with a tripod. Because the glow is more pronounced it contrasts with the night sky directly overhead. It’s a unique lighting situation that I was fortunate enough to capture. The scene is enhanced even more by the color of the thin clouds above the boats. Daily Image …

The Final Glow

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

So often when I walk my dog I wish I had brought my camera. This time I decided to bring it so I could stop at this marina and capture the final glow. It was worth having to carry the camera along with a leash and poop bags for the full length of the walk. Daily Image Normally I would just use a cell phone but this time I wanted to see if a real camera made a difference. The iPhone is good but the Sony can get so much more detail and dynamic range. I like taking my dog …

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 …

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 …

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, …