I made my first trip to Alaska in the summer of 2023. The journey began on a cruise ship through the inside passage after boarding in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Stops were made in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Whittier. Sea days were spent in Glacier Bay and College Fjord. From cruise ship, I transferred to a train northbound to Denali National Park & Preserve then back south to Anchorage on a bus.
While Alaska is one of the most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen, it did come with photography challenges of an ever-changing weather environment. More clouds than sun, more fog and misty rain than I anticipated. I'll be better prepared for the next trip to this frontier. Until then, enjoy a few photos from the hundreds and hundreds I'm processing and will still be processing in a year, I'm sure.
When I'm photographing a landscape scene, I'm always paying attention to the horizon. It's placement in a photograph can enhance the story, provide a bigger picture of the moment. Here are three examples. Sometimes a slight position change off of dead center makes all of the difference in the world to the viewer.
Photo location: Bayfront Park, Anna Maria Island, Florida
By Robert Stanhope
If my math is correct, I traveled to 20 states in 2022. Most of the travel was in a car. As I was sorting the 1000+ photographs taken this year, I decided to share some of my favorites, one from each month. Enjoy!
Heron's Nest Nature Park, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Sarasota Cityscape, Sarasota, Florida
On a sandbar in the intercoastal waters near Anna Maria Island, Florida
Mystery Musician, Bradenton, Florida
Sunset at Siesta Key, Florida
Loggerhead turtle release on Anna Maria Island, Florida
From home, a gorgeous sky at sunset.
Somewhere in South Dakota
A morning walk at Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida.
Wall decor in Austin, Texas
Car show in Sarasota, Florida
Reserved for live music.
I arrived at Siesta Key beach before sunrise. With just a hint of light as I stood in the soft white sand, I was inspired. The beach had been beautifully groomed during the overnight hours. I reached down to grab a handful of sand. The grain of the sand inspired me to bring grain to the photography of the day. The slideshow is of Siesta Key and Sarasota. Enjoy!
The pop music group TLC had a song titled "Waterfalls". In the lyrics, they advised against chasing them. I didn't heed their words. As I enjoyed the winding roads through the mountains of North Carolina, I made a stop at Dry Falls near the community of Highlands. Below are a few photographs I took to capture these mighty waters that fall freely as collective drops on a journey down the Cullasaja River.
I photographed The Swan wedding a couple of weeks ago. The wedding was held at the beautiful Oaks at Devonshire in Arcadia, Florida. A native Florida landscape of live oaks provides a wonderful background to mix and match photos in black & white, spot color, and full color. It was my honor to capture the scenes of their big day and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.
The Florida Botanical Gardens are among the most beautiful in the state of Florida. I was honored when asked if they could feature one of my photographs from the venue in the Foundation's annual report. I didn't know which photograph they had chosen until I saw a finished copy of the report. The cardinal is my favorite bird. How did they know? Learn more about the gardens at this website. Visit the actual gardens when you can. You won't be disappointed.
I prefer the waning gibbous to the full moon when it comes to photography. The moon has a sense of mystery in a deep dark space.
Photo taken from Anna Maria Island., Florida
These photographs are from my first visit to Hardee Lakes County Park in Bowling Green, Florida. I feel it's a hidden gem for the naturist and for landscape photographers. I only explored about half of the grounds, leaving me an opportunity to return. Enjoy!