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more from the beach…

Lately there has been a lot of seaweed on the stretch of beach we gravitate toward.  Luckily it was low tide and we could relax near the water.  The bottom picture shows a line of red, the seaweed washed up by high tide.  On the more populated beaches the city/county rakes the seaweed away, but I will take the seaweed and quiet over the other.

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how quickly things can change

We arrived around 2:30, it was now 7:30pm. The sun was slowly slipping away.  It was time to go home.

As I carried my beach chair to the water’s edge to wash the sand from it,  I looked up at the sky one more time.  I turned to look at my husband and he said “We can stay if you want to”.   I did.  I unfolded my chair and sat.  The sky was glowing, the water reflected the soft violet color.  It was quit spectacular (not a word I use often).

Looking out across the water and up at the sky I thought to myself how quickly the colors were changing.  The entire day the colors kept changing: blue-green, blue, blue-gray, bluish teal, slight shades of turquoise, and now violet .  Perhaps being a photographer creates a greater awareness of this (which I am thankful for, the awareness that is).

The pictures:

 

Baby baby crab!  (Below is close up)

 

reflections

rising tide

oil

pelicans

All images were taken with a Sigma DP2s


March (the month) in Austin

ISO 100   1/80   F2.8

 

ISO 3200   1/80  F2.8

 

ISO 100   1/1600    F2.8

 

ISO 050   1/125   F14

 

It is hard to believe this is my first post for the month of April.  You would expect me to say time flies, but actually it has been standing still to me lately.  Not sure why, my brain seems to be on overtime, but my body says no.  I have had some type of cold/allergies on and off for the past 2 1/2 weeks, and I am about sick of it.  Unfortunately, I have not been the best patient, because as soon as I start to feel better…well, off I go to do something.

Today a nice cool front came in, 59 degrees, so I opened the back door and decided to blog.  The pictures added are from my Spring Break trip to Austin (except the plant, that is in my yard), all taken with the Sigma.  I am beginning to really love that little camera.


a few more from the Sigma…

f2.8  1/80s  1600 ISO

f2.8  1/2000s  200 ISO

f 2.8  1/250s  200 ISO

f2.8  1/80s  3200 ISO  (not the best picture, just wanted to show 3200 ISO)

 

 


stop and smell the rosemary, again :)

Why don’t cameras come with a fully charged battery?  I know, I know… this is a very minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of life. However, as most of us are excited to play with our new toys as soon as they arrive, I was a bit disappointed I  unfortunately could not.  The Sigma DP2s charged overnight and here are few images I shot this morning in the back yard.  I took pictures of the same rosemary plant (different blossom, same plant), so you and I both can compare the outcome.  When you compare the images from todays post to the last post, keep in mind the lighting (much sunnier day with the Coolpix) and I did slightly increase the saturation on the Coolpix image, the ones below are straight out of the camera.

 

 


Even with the Sigma’s fixed lens, I think this camera is a keeper.  Yes, there are a few items I would change on the camera, but over all (in my mind) it beats the Nikon Coolpix I recently returned.  Of course it does not by any means beat my D3oo (I had to put a plug in for Nikon, because Nikon still is at the top of my list for DSLRs).

Pros:

  1. Greater depth of field (even over the Nikon at the same fstop), from the info. I have read I believe the larger image sensor is the reason.
  2. Easier to see! I don’t need to put on my readers to read the screen, the exposure meter reading is not a bar, rather +/- and a number, this is much easier to read on the LCD monitor
  3. Faster, still not FAST, but faster.  At least I can set up for another picture as the last one is processing (could not do this with the Coolpix)

Cons:

  1. No viewfinder.  Yes, I can purchase one for a bit over $150 – but doubt that will happen.

Now I am not saying there are only three Pros and one Con to this camera, but that is my list after shooting 19 pictures.  Give me some time and I am sure the list will change, hopefully the Pros list will be the one growing!

 


signs of spring

 

Recently I purchased a  new camera, a point-and-shoot with manual settings.  It is actually surprisingly difficult to find one, probably because once a person uses a DSLR, it is hard to settle. This picture was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7000.  This camera has manual settings (set up very similarly to my Nikon DSLR), light meter shows on the display (could not see it unless I had my reading glasses on and then it was still difficult to see the color on the bar to show the proper exposure settings), has a viewfinder (it did not seem like a real one, I’m not sure how to explain it, but I did not use it- and I prefer a viewfinder to a display), is a larger size for a point-and-shoot (which I liked).  I have used several ‘past tense’ words, yep, I returned this camera.  I wish it would have provided me with what I was looking for, but it did not.  Also, the RAW image file is not compatible with Bridge, Nikon does includes software for converting.  And it was slow slow slow when shooting in RAW, which may be the case for most of these types of cameras, I will soon find out when my next camera comes in the mail. I have ordered the SIGMA DP2s, I am crossing my fingers that it is as good as the reviews make it sound.  The Nikon had a great lens (28-100 2.8), the Sigma has a fixed lens (41mm 2.8) (both are in the 35mm equivalent).

I will post some pictures with the Sigma when is arrives.

As for the signs of spring, this picture was taken in my backyard.  I wandered around looking for something to take a picture of and saw this little purple flower in the back of the yard, not much color other that this.