Finding a Bit of Nature in a Busy Metropolitan Area

Even in busy metropolitan areas you can often find a little bit of nature tucked away, out of sight. These shots where taken outside of Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. Although I’ve been there many times, I didn’t notice the cool pond beyond the parking area until today. Given the 10-foot alligator sunning himself a few feet from my car, maybe I should start paying more attention.

Travel Pic of The Day

Empty cabanas and a lifeguard station on Clearwater Beach, Florida

Empty cabanas and a lifeguard station on Clearwater Beach, Florida

Empty cabanas and a lifeguard station on Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Tech Specs: ISO-160, f/11, exposure setting 1/250 sec, time of day – 9:09 am

This image was taken in the early morning, before tourist and sunbathers take over the beach. Long shadows cast by the cabanas show that this image was taken just outside the “Golden Hour” time-frame. Although I was on the beach before sunrise, intermittent cloud cover kept things dark until the sun was already above the horizon.

Looking For a Different View

04102011_136_jokAs I mention in my travel photography classes, composition is a big part of great images. I always suggest looking for a different vantage point or angle. Rather than photographing a building straight on, shoot from a corner or close up. In the case of this image showing the inter-coastal waterway between Clearwater and Clearwater Beach, Florida, I chose to move to a higher location. This “bird’s eye” view shows lots of details and features that would not appear in images shot from ground level, such as the spoil banks in the upper left, created when the inter-coastal was dredged to make it deeper. You also get a great sense of motion produced by the wakes left by the boat traffic. Consider asking for a hotel room on an upper floor and checking out the view from your balcony.

Tech specs: ISO-200, exposure time: 1/400 sec, aperture: f/11, time of day: 3:33 pm