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 …

Into the Scene

Rick Schwartz Architecture, california, photography, san francisco, SanFrancisco, travel 0 Comments

Whenever I see a photo of a bench I unconsciously project myself into the scene. It’s something I realized early in photography and a theme I’ve repeated through the years. An empty bench can be a metaphor for many different ideas. This one was at the base of the Coit Tower in San Francisco. In fact there was a girl sitting here earlier but I didn’t like how it turned out so I opted for the empty version. Daily Image As I was saying we tend to project ourselves into photos or scenes. I’m not sure we’re aware of it …

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

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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 …

Photographic Angle

Rick Schwartz canada, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, travel, Urban, urbanexploration, Vancouver 0 Comments

A photographic angle of a modern building caught my eye while walking through a big city. It’s at the foot of Telus Gardens which is a new building with innovative architecture and is supposedly one of the most energy efficient in the world. The image is a little confusing. The translucency and reflections of the elevator on the left create a little perplexity. Daily Image I took several identical frames hand held using a high ISO setting. Normally I would use a tripod but this time I was trying a different technique. I used Photoshop to combine the identical images …

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 …

Out Over San Francisco

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Looking out over San Francisco from the top of Coit Tower there is a lot to take in. It’s a good good I was here in the morning because this is popular and at other times there are¬†be lines to get up. But on this morning there were only a few people on top and the view in all directions was unobstructed. Daily Image San Francisco is hilly enough, but when standing up here on a tower everything¬†is accentuated. I used a wide angle lens to pack in as much as possible, but of course this is only looking in …

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 …

Spectacle of the Commercial Port

Rick Schwartz canada, Landscape, nightphotography, photography, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Urban, urbanexploration, Vancouver 0 Comments

It seems each time I visit Vancouver I’m drawn to the spectacle of the commercial port. Probably because it’s right on the eastern edge of town and it’s hard to miss. Maybe also the child in me likes all the multicolored containers, boats and cranes. Nevertheless I look for new ways to frame it and in this case the sunrise provided a backdrop. This morning was the first break in the clouds after a week of steady rain. Daily Image I took this from Canada Place which is empty of people first thing in the morning save for the occasional …

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 …