Graceful Act

Rick beach, Florida, minimalism, Sarasota, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

The other day I stood at the waters edge of Sarasota Bay and watched the skimmers ply their trade. To get this I used high-speed settings to freeze the bird in mid flight. The skimmer flies inches above the water while scooping up food with its beak and leaving a small wake. It’s a graceful act to watch or photograph on a warm summer evening. Daily Image I just returned from the high desert. It was beautiful and very different from the Gulf Coast of Florida. Photographing the desert takes a different set of eyes than those I’ve developed for …

By the Waters Edge

Rick B&W, Florida, monochrome, Nature, Sarasota, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

The other evening I was standing along Sarasota Bay and there were all types of birds by the waters edge. This egret was picking through grasses exposed by the low tide. Egrets are accustomed to humans and will come quite close without feeling threatened. However if you’re fishing it’s a different story altogether. They have no problem walking right up and stealing fish or bait right at your feet. Daily Image This one thought I might be fishing and came to investigate. When he realized I didn’t have a net he lost interest. In this moment he seemed to lose …

Strawberry Moon

Rick bridge, Bridges, composite, Florida, Night Photography, nightphotography, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

Over the weekend we had a full moon and for some reason it’s called the strawberry moon. Apparently it’s the smallest full moon of the year, but I think that doesn’t means much in practical terms because we can’t see the difference with our eyes. Daily Image This is the Sarasota skyline from across the bay. It was one of the few nights we didn’t have cloud cover and this scene is one I’ve been waiting to capture. In fact this is a large panorama consisting of twelve individual images in a grid of 2 x 6. At full resolution …

Sarasota National Cemetery

Rick Florida, Sarasota, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

It’s the Memorial Day weekend so we visited the Sarasota National Cemetery. What I didn’t expect is how it affected me. The number of markers is overwhelming; I’m not sure what I expected. I stood here amongst the rows trying to understand. The thought is that these people lived near me; this is not a far away place. It’s inevitable the emotions well up here. Daily Image There were quite a few others like myself that had come to see. We were milling about aimlessly, not knowing were to start or where it ended. Then as I stood here I …

Panorama of the Sarasota Waterfront

Rick Florida, panorama, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a panorama of the Sarasota waterfront. This section is known as Marina Jacks and is the main marina in town. If you want to take a fishing tour or sunset cruise, this is the spot. I’ve done both from here and it never gets old. Daily Image I’m going to come back here, this weekend perhaps, and get the same scene at sunrise; this was closer to dusk. As with many of my panoramas I’ve combined several photos so that the resolution is higher than a normal, enough to see very small details. For example, if you zoom …

Quite the Scene

Rick Florida, HDR, Landscape, Macphun, photography, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

I can be a real geek sometimes; like this time. I had it in my mind I was going to take some epic photos and so I brought a bag full of gear including a huge lens and a tripod. Things didn’t turn out as I expected so there I was with all this gear in the middle of a public pathway as the sun was setting. I made the best of it and quickly setup for the shot. A couple came up and said they wanted to be on TV. Obviously I looked like I was from the local …

Random People in Scenes

Rick B&W, Florida, Landscape, monochrome, photography, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

I use random people in scenes all the time. Sometimes a person is positioned in such a way as to create a scene. Street photography is all about people in scenes. One technique is to create compositions where people are juxtaposed to nearby architecture or structures. A simple example is a person waking past an archway. Looking for a composition is like a game; you feel a sense of accomplishment when you capture one. I haven’t played but maybe it’s a little like Pokémon Go. Daily Image I took this at Bayfront Park in Sarasota recently. The park is an …

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. …

On the way to St Armand’s

Rick bridge, Florida, Landscape, Nature, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Urban 0 Comments

On the weekend we decided to head to Sarasota for dinner and I had a vague thought to grab the camera. On the way to St Armand’s Circle we saw this scene as we approached the bridge. Since I had my camera I pulled over to capture the sun nearing the horizon. Although it looks white here, the sun was glowing red from behind what appeared to be atmospheric dust. Every so often dust from the Sahara blows across the Atlantic and creates a filter-like effect that’s good for photography. Daily Image This is another panoramic image. I was using …

Miami Sunrise Panorama

Rick cruise, Florida, panorama, photography, SonyAlpha, Sunset, travel, Urban 0 Comments

I was a little lucky to capture this Miami sunrise panorama. We had just docked at the port of Miami after a weekend in the Bahamas. Because we docked at the last terminal it afforded this unique perspective of the city to the west and South Beach to the east. South Beach faces the Atlantic and so the sun is rising over the ocean. Daily Image Regarding that, I was looking at this picture and wondering to myself why the sun was rising over the ocean? In all my photos from the west coast of Florida the sun sets on …