Cityscape Panorama Across Sarasota Bay

Rick Schwartz bridge, Florida, Landscape, panorama, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a cityscape panorama across Sarasota Bay. To create this I took three vertical images using a 55 mm lens and then stitched them together in Autopano Giga. The reason I did that rather than use a wide angle lens is it creates a realistic view of the scene whereas wide angle lenses tend to distort the sky. Each method has its use. Daily Image My guess is that these sailboats are in a mooring field. There is another mooring field on the other side of that bridge just out of sight. That one is busy but this one …

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 …

Just Before Dawn

Rick canada, Night Photography, nightphotography, panorama, photography, SonyAlpha, Toronto, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is the city of Toronto just before dawn on a Sunday morning. There’s something about the electricity of a city that is attractive, I think it’s something in our nature. I used to live here for a dozen years, it was at a time I stopped doing photography, now when I go back I bring my camera. Daily Image This spot is just east of the city, I’m sure it’s popular with photographers but there were none here at this hour. I guess I was a little lucky with the timing because just as I was finishing up it …

Amsterdam Centraal

Rick amsterdam, canal, europe, netherlands, travel, Urban 0 Comments

The main train station is known as Amsterdam Centraal, and it was one of the first places I walked to when I arrived from Florida. I was here for the opening of the BTP exhibition and this is where I caught the train to Harderwijk the next day. But as I was still on North American time, I was up late into the night walking around the central district with my camera and tripod. Daily Image I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by how many people were out that night walking around the city, to my …

Sea and Sky

Rick Bridges, Florida, Landscape, panorama, photography, Tampa 0 Comments

The Sunshine Skyway is almost ten miles long and as you drive across you have great views of the sea and sky. When you are in your car it looks like you are driving into the sky. Maybe that’s where it got its name, (that’s just a guess on my part). Daily Image On this morning I came to a little island on the northern stretch to take pictures. 
 
In the summer the clouds form large columns that tower miles into the sky. When the sun is low on the horizon the light hits these columns at different angles …

Lights Reflecting in Sarasota Bay

Rick Architecture, Bridges, Florida, Night Photography, photography, Sarasota, Urban 0 Comments

Lights reflecting in Sarasota Bay on a recent evening. I’ve taken similar images but of course each one is a little different. This is a long exposure panorama of three separate images; the exposure is about ten-seconds and it makes the water look smooth. Panoramas over the water work well only if the water is smooth. Otherwise there are noticeable lines where the wave patterns are stitched together. That’s because the waves from each picture are in different positions and don’t match when combined. A little tip for the day. Daily Image I’m addicted to long exposure photography, I love …

Sarasota Bay Mooring Field

Rick Florida, Landscape, Sarasota 0 Comments

This is the Sarasota Bay Mooring Field. If your anything like me you can be forgiven for not knowing there was a such thing as a mooring field. I just thought it was a bunch of sailboats docked in the bay. Well, well well, …not so. This is a reservation only mooring by the day, week or longer. I took this photo last weekend. Its is a three image panoramic view by the way, but…, I digress. Daily Photo After processing this image I went to Google Earth to look at it from the sky (so to speak). And much …

Saturday Afternoon in Stanley Park

Rick canada, HDR, Landscape, photography, travel, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

This is a Saturday afternoon in Stanley Park. I was here not too long ago after returning from Alaska. I could have flown straight from Anchorage to Florida, but being so close to Vancouver I couldn’t resist a quick weekend stopover. This is a panorama of four images that I stitched together to get a wide perspective. Sometimes I use a wide angle lens, but in other cases I find it works better when I take four vertical images and combine them. For one, the resolution is much higher. That makes it easier to produce large prints. As well, I …

Sunset Over the Twin Dolphins Marina in Bradenton Florida

Rick Florida, Manatee County, Sunset 0 Comments

This is sunset over the Twin Dolphins Marina in Bradenton Florida. I took this the other night from a bridge that crosses the Manatee River into Bradenton. The river meets the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles beyond and in it’s waters are dolphins, manatees and all manner of fish. At this point it’s not a river in the traditional sense, more an estuary where the water flows in and out with the tide. The bridge overlooks the Twin Dolphins Marina where folks have pleasure boats. However a number of people live here on their boats full time. There …

Acorn of Time

Rick canada, Night Photography, photography, travel, Urban, Vancouver 0 Comments

This is a panorama of Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. I took this from Stanley Park one night and I wasn’t alone. Not only is this a popular spot for photography, Vancouver has a lot of photographers. There were several other photographers out with their tripods composing their shots of this great city. In this case I used three vertical eight-second exposures that I stitched together. I enjoy making panoramas with a full frame camera because of the amount of detail in the image. Whenever I print these I marvel at the smallest details. Vancouver from the gallery One reason photography is …