Sometimes black and white photographs elicit just the right feelings for a scene. I generally prefer color shots, but here's a black and white conversion that I like because of the dramatic stormy skies overhead as the sun sets in Dunedin, Florida. The grain gives it a bit of a classic feel as well.
I've been wanting to shoot a sunrise at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from this vantage point. I wasn't expecting a band of dramatic clouds high overhead, but I'm very happy they were there. Typically I like long exposures to smooth out the surface of the water. Here I used a fast shutter speed to capture the birds flying in the shot and retain more of the fine detail in the clouds.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a sight to behold here in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area. Spanning 4.1 miles, it ranked No. 3 in the Travel Channel's special of the "Top 10 Bridges in the World." The wide angle focal length I used doesn't show the true scale and grandeur of the structure, but it is massive, rising 431 feet into the air. I don't have a fear of heights but the first time I drove across this bridge I was a little unnerved staring up at the sky and not being able to see the other half of the span. I felt like I was on a roller coaster, creeping upward and waiting to drop off quickly on the downward descent. In this shot the sun is still below the horizon but you can see the light starting to illuminate the sky on the right hand side of the photograph.
There's a reason why I photograph more sunsets than sunrises -- I'm not a morning person! But today I ventured out of my comfort zone and drove to a fishing pier in the Tampa Bay area to shoot what I hoped would be a beautiful scene. I was a little nervous about whether Mother Nature would cooperate. Fortunately, I was rewarded, and my 5:15 am alarm time turned out to be well worth it.
Here's another portrait of our baby grandson Antonio, smiling last night during a brief portrait session. Unfortunately living in Florida means that, being so far away from the rest of our family spread across the country, we don't get to see our loved ones very often. My wife tells me she's been told I need to take more pictures of the newest baby boy in our family and share them. Hint taken.