Here Comes the Sun!

Below is my second time-lapse video. (First effort was a New Year’s Day sunrise over Tampa Bay.)

Took me three early morning attempts out at Ft. DeSoto Park to get this one. (Well, not counting a handful of foggy mornings when I got up and peeked outside, then jumped back in bed.)

First time, too windy for my tripod. Second time, over 300 images were out of focus. (Hey, man – like, it was too dark to see the camera buttons! What! I was expected to have a flashlight with me?)

Third time’s a charm, hopefully.

Actually, there’s still some distracting flicker from frame to frame and thus it’s not professional quality yet.Β  Controlling exposure is a nightmare when lighting goes from pitch black to blinding sun. You can’t readjust your settings once the sequence starts because the camera is on auto pilot shooting images every few seconds. In fact, capturing a stunning sunrise or sunset is so difficult, even for the pros, that it is referred to as the “holy grail” of time-lapse photography.

That means there are no guarantees, and to be successful you better start praying. 😦

578 images compressed into 20 seconds

[Richie Havens, “Here Comes the Sun“]

Fujifilm Xt-2

f/4.0Β  Β  Β  ISO 400

Shutter speeds range from 2.3 sec to 1/1000 sec

[processed in Adobe Bridge, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro]

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Sun & Fun

“Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland.”

– James Joyce, The Dead

Not so here in Florida. Yesterday I went out in the dark to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to watch the sun come up.

Kiteboarders were already out skimming across Tampa Bay.

One guy – and, oddly enough, all the surfers seemed to be over 40 – raced a freighter to the bridge…

… and won!

Then I drove across the bridge to the South side. No snow there either.

(But reports say it’s “possible” in the next few days.)

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Urban Thursday #6: “In the Crosshairs”

The sun rises over its namesake, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

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A B&W photo shows a freighter under the bridge on its way to Tampa.

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On May 9, 1980, a similar freighter hit the bridge and 35 people plunged to their death from the top span, including a Greyhound Bus.

“The Day the Skyway Fell”

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Urban Thursday

– a Thursday sampling of downtown buildings & city landscapes –

 

 

Father & Daughter

Today a man threw his 5-year old daughter to her death off a bridge into these very same waters, just a few miles from here.

I have been in a killin’ mood ever since.

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I post this tender image (of a complete stranger) in an effort to convince myself that all is not hopeless in this world we live in.

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Icarus

Icarus flew East,

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Icarus flew West,

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Icarus flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

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But, alas, Icarus was not content merely to float above bridges and mingle with the birds; his unbridled aspirations led him toΒ the fatal mistake of venturing too close to the sun.

Icarus too close to sun

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[previously posted pixels, re-edited & re-purposed]