Tampa Time

Off to Tampa. Did not have much time for exploring for photos and in fact had to break away at sunset to get these shots. Tampa was surreal. I think. Don’t really have any basis for comparison but the town seems kind of sparse. Lots of closed shops, no people, few cars. We were downtown, close to the water but didn’t see enough traffic to even consider they had a rush hour. I have to assume that perhaps everyone was out of town. The first shot is sunrise, looking down the Garrison Channel where the big cruise ships are supposed to be anchored. There was one little one. The flowers were on the side of a bridge crossing the channel to Harbour Island. Shot was taken at ISO1600, 135mm, f/8.0, 1/800.

Sunrise Over Harbour Island

Sunrise Over Harbour Island

This second shot is taken from the same bridge but looking the other direction, toward the downtown area. The profile of the buildings reminded me of a ships bridge. The timing is as the sunrise is fully illuminating the golden Wells Fargo building. The skyline of Tampa is very attractive, my imagination about the ship profile is probably just that–imagination–but, makes me wonder if city architects can get building architects to collaborate like that. Probably not.

Tampa Skyline

Tampa Skyline

On one of the evenings, I dashed out to catch the sunset over the water. I went down in front of the Convention Center by Seddon Channel and caught the sun setting across the channel. There is a Tall Ship docked on that side of the channel which I think–definitely not sure–is the ship they use for their Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Not sure. I converted the shot to B&W, I like the way the sun sort of pops out as it falls. The shot was taken at ISO1600, 180mm, f/13, and 1/125.  There were four people on the walkway that evening! Although the restaurant across the channel was filled. We went there later and were very disappointed–except the view was great.

Tampa Seddon Channel Sunset

Tampa Seddon Channel Sunset

Chris - September 16, 2011 - 2:19 pm

I wonder where all the people went? Aliens? Ducking out for hurricane season? LOVE the pic of the buildings! Gorgeous glow and it definitely looks like a ship’s bridge to me, too. Wouldn’t have seen that without your wondrous way of looking at the world! So, thanks for a new outlook on buildings!!

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