Lookout Tower

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

This is from Robinson Preserve in Bradenton. The reflection of the lookout tower caught my attention as I rode a bike along a trail. Normally the water is not this still during the day but there was no breeze on this warm winter day in February. Daily Image These towers appear in most Florida nature preserves and state parks. I realize now it’s because the land is flat and a tower is the only way to see over the ground cover. I’d never seen these where I grew up in California because they have mountains and all you have to …

Little Beach with a View

Rick Schwartz beach, Florida, HDR, Landscape, Manatee County, Sunset 0 Comments

This is an image of the mangroves in Palmetto near my home. It’s a little hidden beach not far from the road. I never knew it was there until I noticed a trail leading into the bush. Much to my surprise there’s a little beach with a view of the sunset. Daily Image It’s been said that photographers should first learn to shoot images around their home before venturing out. Years after hearing that I have to agree. In my case the more I explore the more I discover. It’s amazing how many things we overlook when we’re not looking. …

Canal to the Intercostal Waterway

Rick Schwartz bridge, Bridges, canal, Florida, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha 0 Comments

To took this picture as I stood over a canal to the intercostal waterway. I was in the village of Cortez where there are many little outdoor restaurants by the water. Its one of my favorite places to come for an authentic Florida experience. Daily Image This bridge is one of two that cross over to Anna Maria Island. Both are draw bridges and each time I cross I secretly hope to get stuck. The draw bridge takes five or ten minutes to operate and during that time you turn off the engine and watch the sailboats, dolphins and fishermen. …

Burden of Beauty

Rick Schwartz Florida, Landscape, Macphun, Nature, photography, Sarasota, SonyAlpha, Sunset 0 Comments

When I see a scene like this I want to capture it with my camera. That’s great if I have my camera, it’s stressful if I don’t. Its what I call the burden of beauty. Photography has opened my eyes so I am more aware of what’s around me. When I see something interesting or pretty the inclination is to take a picture. So now I not only appreciate more, I want to capture it. As problems go I suppose its a good one to have. Daily Image I took this in Sarasota last week as the rain clouds were …

Where the Land Ends

Rick beach, california, Landscape, Macphun, Nature, san francisco, SonyAlpha, Sunset, travel 0 Comments

If you drive west in San Francisco you eventually end up where the land ends. Appropriately name Lands End is a required stop when I’m here. On Monday I had a red-eye back flight home and so that afforded me the perfect opportunity to spend a couple of hours here before heading to the airport. I am so glad I did. Daily Image Staying in the heart of the city its easy to get disconnected from nature and the beauty that surrounds this part of California. I was feeling a little bit of that when I arrived. But as soon …

Foggy Night at the Dock

Rick Florida, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, photography, SonyAlpha, Urban, urbanexploration 0 Comments

This is a foggy night at the dock in Bradenton Florida. We get fog at certain times of the year and it typically lasts only for a couple of weeks. It will roll in at night and blanket the area. I’ve been waiting for it since last year so I headed on a recent evening to capture some images. Daily Image The fog makes everything look mysterious, like a scene from a movie. Even the simplest of scenes take on a sense of intrigue. Street lights form triangular shapes as they fan towards the ground, and in this case are …

Dawn on the North Pier

Rick bridge, Bridges, Florida, Landscape, Manatee County, Night Photography, nightphotography, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

I took at dawn on the north pier which is where all the local fishermen hang out. The pier is the remnants of the old bridge that was replaced by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. To get out here you need to pay a fee to the parks department. Everyone that pays that fee comes here to fish, I’m the only one that comes here to take pictures. When I show up before dawn without a fishing poll I get a few sideways glances. Daily Image I’ve taken pictures of this bridge from a lot of angles but this is my …

Meditation Sunset

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

This is a meditation sunset from Emerson Point in my hometown of Palmetto. It’s the kind of image you might see on the cover of a meditation book, at least that’s what comes to my mind. Daily Image Speaking of which, I’ve been trying meditation lately. Not that I know what I’m doing, just taking a few minutes to clear my mind when I can. Long story short, it’s easier said than done. And to be honest I’m not sure if this picture would help. As soon as I look at a photo I start thinking thoughts and you’re not …

Doing the Same Thing

Rick bridge, Bridges, Florida, Landscape, Macphun, SonyAlpha, Sunset, Tampa 0 Comments

When I show up here in the morning there is usually someone else doing the same thing. I cannot imagine how many photos of this bridge exists. I am one in a long line of bridge photographers. When I got my first DSLR this is the first place I came to. I’ve been here since and I’ll be back again. Daily Image Sometimes I’ll do an outing with my camera and not get any good photos. That’s subjective and long after I may change my mind. Photography is a state of mind and what you perceive as good changes over …

The Other Morning

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

The other morning I came here to a little park by the bridge. There are nice views all around despite the urban setting. I had the new wide angle Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens. I used it to pull a lot of the scene into the frame. Wide angle lenses are good for that but we have an even wider angle of view with our eyes. I was wondering why don’t we see things this way all the time. Daily Image It was early and I had the place to myself. I took a lot of photos in various directions. The …