We even saw some dolphins in the water just off the side of The Pier.
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I found a great spot for framing planes with the palm trees and the angles of the building on The Pier. Unfortunately, I only had my iPhone, so I couldn't get the tighter shot I wanted, but the phone did a decent job with it, even though the plane is tiny in the images.
I took this from our first stop, right outside of Doc Ford's at the base of The Pier. It might be my favorite of the day. Jake and I sat in a couple of Adirondack chairs right on the water, shooting right from the chairs. A perfect spot!
Thirty seconds before this shot, the dog was wearing a pair of headphones. Two minutes before that, he climbed out of the door in front of the woman, shortly after landing. How fun that must be – flying with you dog!
I'm upset it took us so long to get over to The Pier since its renovation. It's a great public space that is uniquely St. Pete. And the angle on Albert Whitted is fantastic for watching departing planes, for both runways.
We took this selfie on the steps near the top, with downtown St. Pete in the background.
We went to the Rays game this afternoon. Nearly missed it, thinking first pitch was at 7 PM. Nope–noon start today! The surprise early start was nice, though, giving the boys a reason to get moving relatively early in the day.
I always want this picture when we're at Tropicana Field–the group selfie in the beautiful atrium of an otherwise less-than-beautiful (but I love it!) stadium. Phone cameras just can't capture it well, though. I need my mirrorless Sony, a tripod, shutter release, and a graduated neutral density filter! Oh well, playing with the editing of the phone versions is fun, and reminds me that there's no perfect way to develop or edit a photo. Have fun with it, and see what comes from it. I love the over exposed, super contrasty, grainy look here. And black and white can always help to recover things in a janky exposure.
We ate dinner at The Hangar at Albert Whitted tonight. One of our favorites, but the weather threatened rain all day, which made for a slow day at the airport. So, we didn't see much activity as we ate. Bummer.
The ground crew did tug this Pilatus from a hangar across the way to a spot right in front of our car right before we left. Jake and I took a closer look through the fence.