I recently visited Vancouver, BC for the first time. Everyone told me it was beautiful, but I can't say that I agree - it was grey. Grey sky, grey pavement, grey buildings, grey or black hair, grey to black clothes. And then there was this one girl - dancing with reckless abandon in a fuscia pom-pom suit and a Mexican wrestler's mask. She tried to spray paint something on the sidewalk but just made a smear - said she was protesting the high price of weed, and asked me to join her in the fight against the injustice of it all. I had to decline - didn't bring anything pink and left my luche libre mask back home, too. I offered to sign her petition, but she didn't have one; she said I could take her picture instead so here you go...
I am learning how to use the speedlight, so be gentle - shot this at a car show in downtown Lakewood Ranch with off camera flash and think it turned out ok for a handheld after dark. I wish I brought my tripod, but didn't plan to stay that long.
The Caribbean island of St. Kitts does not have a lot to offer to the photographer on shore leave from a cruise ship for the day. If you like to shoot people...check that, photograph people...there are many interesting street people and hustlers to be found in the tourist zone. But if you ignore the passed-out drunks and walk a ways past the t-shirt shops and rum bars, you will find this gorgeous stone church.
I was down at Centennial Park in Sarasota shooting diving pelicans and when the sun began to set I saw a fellow trying unsuccessfully to get a shot of his hot car - the sun was so bright it was just a silhouette. I suggested he just wait 5 minutes until the sun started to slip below the horizon and bingo - nice little car shot. This is the stuff you learn in a camera club like LWRDPC; if he was a member I would have had him turn the front wheels a bit away from the camera...