Sunday, March 4, 2012

Skylines

 It seems like it has been a while since I've seen a beautiful sunset.  Or even a sunrise.  The weather has not been very cooperative.  But the nice thing about photography, you can always find a sunset somewhere in your archives.


The above skyline was a January sunrise of Anna Maria City Pier.  I'm really not a morning person let alone sunrise person, but on a few mornings I did venture out.

 And I was rewarded.


 Once I'm up, I do love the early morning sky.  The golden colors that saturate the skyline seem to never disappoint.



I tell myself, I'm going to do this every morning! 

But then comes the next morning and I fight with myself about rising to catch another beautiful sunrise or remaining under the warm snugly comforter, embracing my dreams.  Considering how many sunrise photos I have, well let's just say the comforter wins 99.99% of the time! 


Later that same day, I captured the same pier while out biking.  Actually I'm closer to the pier here.  I just didn't zoom in for a close shot.  I loved how the clouds were floating just above the afternoon skyline.

I had forgotten about this sunrise pelican dive shot!  I have no idea what happened here.  I had my camera (Nikon D7000) on continuous speed shooting and somehow the four frames merged into one.  In a million years I probably couldn't make this happen again.  Right?!  Well, of course, in Photoshop I could.  That is if I used Photoshop.  But straight out of the camera???  Have you ever had it happen?  Maybe there is a setting on my camera I'm unaware of?

If any of you know the answer, I'd love to know.

Now I see a bit of sun trying to peek out!
Time to get out for a walk on this Sunday afternoon.

Later my friends,


~sharing with~

57 comments:

Beth said...

oh, my goodness ... what a reward indeed. i could get up for that every morning. wow!! those are just gorgeous view. thanks, for sharing. love the one with the bike. so pretty & peaceful. (:

Anika said...

Wow,wow,WOW! These are all so fantastic! What a pretty place and such beautiful moments you've captured. That last one is quite impressive! I don't know how you got them all on the same image either...unless it's a setting??

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...i love the ones of the street...great capture of the light...and the pelican dive is an awesome progression too....very cool....hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Ginny said...

I'm just crazy for this first picture!!!! Wow, the sun is so BIG, and the bird right in front of it! And the street, it is a ribbon of light! The clouds with the bike are beautiful, and your camera arranged a dance line for the Pelicans!!

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures, Reena! Sunrises like this certainly make it worthwhile getting up and out any morning!! Love the series of the gulls, if you find out how you did it I hope you'll share it with us! What a terrific shot! The golden roads and the beach are places where dreams come true! Hope you're enjoying a lovely Sunday!

Sylvia

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful skyline in the evening and mornings. Great photo of the Pelican done by photoshop and you.

Andrew said...

Beautiful images Reena.. all so lovely to swee.

Claudia said...

The pelican shot is amazing! Wow.

And I love the bird flying in front of the sun. Perfect.

xo
Claudia

Florida Farm Girl said...

I just had to chuckle. You sound like me and early mornings. The only thing I get up early for is birdwatching!!!

Your D7000 is so far advanced from my puny D60 that there's no comparison between the two. And it shows in the photos. No idea how you got the pelican shot, but it's a winner.

Country Girl said...

Yes, that is seriously strange how it did that, the merging of four frames into one. Maybe it's the card? Regardless, it's pretty interesting.
And that sunrise with the bird flying into the sun is beautiful, as are the morning street scenes. Wow ~

photo by ansku said...

I absolutely LOVE the second shot, with the light coming from behind the trees. It's a perfect example of why I love photography. The beauty of it is so peaceful..

The pelican shot... wow... hopefully you find out how to do it again!

TexWisGirl said...

wow. that last one is really amazing! like you said, if you tried to do that, you couldn't. :)

Cheryl said...

I'm a sunrise-lovin' early riser & the rewards are amazing. Great shots.

The camera on my smartphone is hard to use (Why would any photographer want to touch the screen to take a photo? My tendency is to touch it with my 4th hand and even then I manage to tilt the screen up ever so slightly. GAH!) Anyhoo, I have a shot of the AZ or NM landscape taken with the smartphone that has at least 12 shots all rolled into one. It even changed the size of the photo to panoramic. I can see where each shot begins and ends but most folks can't. While my shot is just kinda weird and artsy, your pelicans are amazing.

Lois Evensen said...

I just love the images of the sunshine down the road and just around the corner. Wonderful!

My Journey With Candida said...

That shot where your camera messed up is amazing. Too bad you couldn't figure out how to do it again.

Kathy said...

Well, if you ever figure it out, I hope you'll share!

Sandra said...

whatever the camera did it is stunning, the colors are electric. i love the first one that the bird is posed right in front of the big yellow ball of sun

Michael said...

I have no clue about the dive shot, but it is awesome. Unlike you, I love being up early morning...every thing after 8:00 a.m. is less exciting!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Okay, this is going to bug me as it does you...what did you do with your camera to capture that sequence shot all in one? Whatever it was, my D80 most likely does not have that "Reena" shooting mode feature so I'll not worry too much. Still, I would like to know.

Mark said...

Love the lonely road sunrise, but that pelican dive, amazing

lynnekovan.com said...

What lovely warm shots. Nothing like the colours in a sunset.

Ross said...

These are some fantastic photos. I especially like the early sunrise on the road. This is a great photo and my favorite of them all. All of the shots are great though.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Once again you have taken stunning and beautiful shots--Each one unique and captures a memory and a moment, and that last one is truly did just that--WOW!!!!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Such beautiful shots, makes me want to crawl out of bed early. Love that last shot, no idea how it happened but very cool.

Ann said...

so pretty. I tell myself all the time that on my days off I'm going to get up early and go out in search of a sunrise. It never happens though

Catherine said...

Mmmm...that sunset looks warm and inviting. Fantastic.

Cool photo!

Wishing you a happy week!
xo Catherine

eileeninmd said...

Wow, the first shot is just stunning! And the last image is cool. How did you do that! Gorgeous photos. Have a happy week!

Saun said...

Great shots!!!

rainfield61 said...

Look through the comments, seems like no answer yet on the four frames in one issue.

Please share if you happen to have one.

Nancy said...

These pictures are incredible....Sunsets and sunrises are my favorite but I like you find it hard to get up to the sunrises....Oh well,,,,

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...The first one is great with the bird in front of the sun!!
The last one ..at first I couldn't figure it out then I read your explaination and still didn't know lol ha ha "I'm just kidding"
One of those unexplainable flukes that made for a very interesting photo!!
: }}
Grace

Michaele said...

Oh you just have to do something more with these fantastic photos than put them here for us. The world needs to see : )

Jill said...

Outstanding! All of them. The last one just leaves me speechless!

Jill said...

Outstanding! All of them. The last one just leaves me speechless!

LadyFi said...

Amazingly beautiful shots! Love the first one and am amazed by the last one. No idea how the camera and you did that - but it's gorgeous!

Evelyn S. said...

Reena...these are so wonderful! I love a warm-looking sunrise, especially. ;-) Beautiful images.

Linda R said...

These are such amazing shots. Really.
Every one of them is amazing..

Hugs, Linda

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

I like your street photos. Beautiful light.
Also, I like the scene in the 4th photo.

Regards and best wishes

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful photos Reena. Love the first with the bird over the sun and your last with the pelican sequence is - wow- amazing.

Judy said...

That last shot is awesome! Thanks again for the link we've been enjoying it.

Nancy Claeys said...

All of these are so memorable, but the accident that led to the last photo is nothing short of a miracle.

Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best, Reena. I am honored. :)

Teresa said...

What a great series! I must say I'm baffled and amazed with that last shot!

islandwonder said...

Great photos!!!! I have no idea how you did the last one but that is great. If you had not clarified, I would have assumed Photoshop.

Madi and Mom said...

Excellent as always but the last is priceless!! Big WOW factor.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Daryl Edelstein said...

I can only guess that somehow you holding down the shutter for a rapid repeated shot did something to make it freeze frame ..but you know what? Who cares how it happened .. its fabulous!

dona said...

Lovely shots! I'm not a morning person as well, and for this I am necessarily focused on sunsets. But, luckily, my husband is, and provides me for sunrises photos... ;)

Friko said...

You certainly made the mornings count.
These are wonderful photos.

CherryPie said...

Amazing sunsets and I love that final merge :-) I have no explanation for it either.

Ivanhoe said...

That just made my day! I love that soft and warm light of sunrise (and sunset too!).

AudreyO said...

I am very much a morning person and just love the sunrises. The sun coming out of hiding is just magnificent sometimes.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful series of sunrise/sunset shots, but that pelican diving is out of this world. I wish that would happen by accident to me. :)

Ed Pilolla said...

you were blessed by the photography gods with that pelican shot. of course, that golden road was another blessing, and those clouds another. the sun is beautifully burning that bird.

Emily said...

That first shot is gorgeous! And the light in that road shot is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Shane Kent Louis said...

Amazing sunsets! Those pictures are priceless. :)


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Pat Tillett said...

Wow! All of these photos are beautiful! The first one is amazing...

jennyfreckles said...

Reena - The D7000 has a 'multiple exposure mode' accessed through the Shooting Menu, that allows you to take several shots and combine them into one in-camera. (As if you were winding the film back over and over again in a film camera). You must have that option set by mistake. But it made a fascinating image.

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Wow, that last photo is truly amazing - however it happened!