Not Enough Focus

Rick abstract, Florida, Manatee County, photography, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

More than once on the blog I’ve mentioned that I prefer pictorialism to realism. I also prefer impressionism although I struggle for ways to express that in photography. One simple way however is through blurred images. This is an impressionistic street scene with not enough focus. Daily Image I shot this on my first outing with a new lens, the Sony 85mm 1.8. I didn’t purposely take this out of focus, it was a mistake, but I immediately liked it. It makes me think I should do more. I prefer images that leave something for the imagination; they are more …

Hotel Europe in Vancouver’s Gastown

Rick Schwartz Architecture, B&W, canada, monochrome, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is Hotel Europe in Vancouver’s Gastown. Gastown is a once-rundown-but-now-trendy section of the city. The last time I was in this area I walked around in the evening. Daily Image There is no end of things to see especially if you like photography. In fact, several years ago I was here with my wife when she booked a photowalk with Susanne at Vancouver Photowalks. I highly recommend it if you’re so inclined. She knows the city and you’re guaranteed to come home with some epic shots. This is a heritage building built in 1909. There are a lot of …

Light, Reflection and Color

Rick Schwartz amsterdam, Bridges, canal, europe, netherlands, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a long exposure I took while walking under a bridge in Central Amsterdam. The hanging vertical lights and their reflections created an eerie effect. It’s a public space that’s transformed into a surreal display of light, reflection and color by night. Just one of many surprises I found while walking around the city of Amsterdam. Daily Image I spent a lot of time along the canals at night. It seemed perfectly safe, save for the odd solicitations in a certain quarter not to be mentioned; but that’s another story for another day. No matter where I turned there …

Night Scenes Across the River

Rick Schwartz B&W, Florida, Manatee County, monochrome, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban 0 Comments

I shot this in December when the conditions were favorable for fog. It’s an opportunity to capture familiar scenes in a different light. Advection fog occurs when warm air passes over cool water causing evaporation. I live near the river so I notice it just by looking out the window. I headed out one evening to shoot night scenes across the river in Bradenton. Daily Image If you notice, fog changes our perceptions. Sounds are slightly muffled and distances are cut short. It can be intimate or confining. It creates a sense of seclusion in a place that might normally seem …

Lost in Thought

Rick Schwartz B&W, california, monochrome, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

I can get lost in thought just as much as the next guy. We lead complicated lives. Breaking free of that is a theme with me and reflected in some of my photography. I look for and capture simplicity in a complex world. How did it get this way? We might as well ask why it rains. I think we pile on complexity as we go through life. We do it to ourselves without realizing the consequence. The more we maintain complexity inside, the less we are aware of simplicity around us; at least that’s my theory. Daily Image Taking …

Photos from Amsterdam

Rick Schwartz amsterdam, bicycle, bikes, europe, netherlands, streetphotography, travel, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

It seems every time I look at my photos from Amsterdam there are bicycles. Any direction you look people are going this way and that on bikes. It’s refreshing to see especially from a North American perspective. The only way I can relate to this is having grown up in suburbia where, as kids we rode bikes everywhere. Here, they just keep on doing it as adults. Daily Image From a photographic perspective it creates ideas for images. One of my favorite is riders in motion. To do that you have to pan the camera along with the rider. If …

Skyline Reimagined

Rick Schwartz canada, composite, nightphotography, Urban, urbanexploration, Vancouver 0 Comments

This is a symmetrical image of a skyline reimagined. It’s an abstract treatment of a nighttime urban scene. There is careful work lining things up and I made several mistakes on an earlier attempt. On a cell phone you’d never notice but blown up on the wall everything needs to be exact. Daily Image Making kaleidoscopic images out of everyday scenes is like a meditation for me. It’s taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. It makes me think of the mesmerizing power of patterns. Why is it that are we drawn to symmetrical patterns in art, nature and religious …

More Alike than Unalike

Rick Schwartz amsterdam, B&W, bridge, Bridges, canal, europe, monochrome, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This reminds me of the saying that we are more alike than unalike. While in Amsterdam I took a ride on a boat through the city canals. It’s a perspective that had me looking up at the houses, streets and people above the water level. It was a covered boat but sat outside the whole time taking photos. Being a foreigner I find it particularly interesting to watch people. I think that’s a natural reaction to a new place, maybe because we relate to people more than surroundings. Daily Image I think people in most places around the world have …

Preferred Parking

Rick Schwartz B&W, canada, monochrome, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration, Vancouver 0 Comments

On Saturday night I was walking back to my hotel in Vancouver and had to stop and do a double take when I passed what appeared to be preferred parking. It’s adjacent to a nightclub and what caught my eye was the modes of transport, i.e. German engineering. I have no idea which club this is but just after I took the shot I saw another couple arriving in a Porsche from Washington State. I guess the club is worth the two-hour drive up. If I had one of these cars I’d park here as well. Surely the valet attendant …

Amsterdam Underpass

Rick Schwartz amsterdam, europe, netherlands, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, streetphotography, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

A darkened central Amsterdam underpass creates a setting that is best described as a scene. Scenes are a combination of things that together make it more than just a place. Looking for scenes is a pastime of mine especially when walking through cities at night. Textures, light and motion combined to evoke imaginary scenarios rarely rooted in reality. As I took this the trains rumbled overhead completing the urban soundtrack of this vignette. Daily Image This underpass was something of a mystery to me when I first arrived in the city. It is across from my hotel and as I …