Our “Friday” is Tuesday because Mr. Old School’s day off is Wednesday. I try to plan some inexpensive, relatively short (because it’s still a school night for The Stinkerelly) family activities so we don’t go stir crazy because it’s a weekday. It’s really easy to get into the routine rut. I know you know that!
The weather has officially gone from coolish to hot and I’ve been aching for my beloved sun and sand since November (the plight of one born a block from the ocean maybe? OK… it was an inner coastal waterway, but it was still salt water and still only a few miles from the actual coast). Also, I have REALLY been itching to use my new camera and lens out in that environment. The beach is just really my kind of “nature”.
Thankfully, we live 45 minutes from an awesome beach. We’re spoiled really. Here in Volusia County, you can actually drive on the beach. You heard me. Drive on the beach. With small children, it’s the only way to go. Once you experience it, it’ll change your beach-going life! And with our close proximity, we love that we can pick up the kids from school and head right over. We get there late enough that the crowd is thinning and the sun is less intense, but early enough to enjoy several hours of daylight and still be home before dark. I either pack a picnic dinner or we pick up some fish and chips somewhere close by. It feels like a little vacation, but we get to sleep in our own memory foam deliciousness. It’s pretty much awesome.
This trip, I took some shots of the kids, of course, but I really focused on playing with the camera’s focal point abilities. I also played with different setting configurations (always trying to keep a low ISO for sharper images): higher f-stops and lower apertures versus lower f-stops and higher apertures. Even with a full-sun white balance, it is really interesting how different the whites looked. Of course, I did some adjusting in post…
First, some general stats…
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm 2.8 IS USM
In these first images of the kids…
Aperture: 1/800 at f/11
That’s our car by that condominium in the background. It’s not a great image, but I’m posting it to show you the sparse population and the whole driving on the beach fun. Seriously. Love it!A little playing with shadows. My little scientist. 🙂
And now for the experimentation.
I started by trying to focus on the sand. My previous cameras/lenses haven’t done so great with this. I’m incredibly pleased with my new camera and lens!
Previous Image: Aperture 1/1250 at f/5. ISO: 320 (with some lessening of “exposure” and “highlights” in post)
Previous Image: Aperture 1/8000 at f/5. ISO: 320 (with some increase of “exposure” and “highlights” and “whites” in post)
Previous Image: Aperture 1/5000 at f/5. ISO: 320 (only “lens correction” to this and the following images)
She said, “I’m tewwing (telling) the waves what way to go”.We are so blessed the way our babies love each other. So very blessed indeed.
And now I wanna go back to the beach!