Fog on the Beach

We woke up to thick fog this morning. When we walked on the beach, people disappeared into the mist. The photo looks exactly like the actual view and I liked the effect. Tweaking the photo to enhance the image only lost the mystery of the picture.

Lens @ 60 mm
ISO 400
f/16
1/200
SOOC

Day 30 — …and the Bees

I’ve taken lots of photos of birds down here in Texas. Today, while Susan and I were looking for shells on a beach accessible only by boat (we had to wade ashore) I came across this plant I have yet to identify. It was a lovely accent to the stark landscape and when I bent down to take photos, I was delighted to find a bee. The photos were way over exposed so I had to decrease exposure by -2.

Lens 200mm
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/250
Photo is cropped and exposure decreased by -2

Day 29 — UFOs

These common American Sundial shells look to me like a cluster of UFOs. I have not had too much success finding whole shells on the beach but I found two yesterday and one this morning in the surf on the Gulf beach. I placed these on a glass table top on the deck and took the photo this afternoon. I particularly like the reflection. I cropped the photo and used the Aperture quick fix auto enhance feature.

35 mm lens
ISO 100
f/1.8
1/2000

Day 28 — Flipper

Today we went to see the Whooping Cranes. We took the Skimmer Boat out of Fulton Harbor to the whooping crane habitat. I was delighted to get a photo of one of the playful bottlenose dolphins with the irresistible expressions who cavort in the area. Our skipper told us that about 300 dolphins live in these waters. We did see cranes today, too, but at a distance. Look on Flickr for some of the birds we saw today.

I used the Sunny f/16 Rule on this cloudless, sunny day.
200mm lens
ISO 200
f/16
1/200
Cropped slightly

Day 27 — Trash

Today we went to uninhabited St. Jo Island, a small island with a few cattle and a jetty where fisherman go to fish on the deep water channel side and where shell hunters go on the Gulf side. The Jetty boat drops off and picks up passengers there every couple of hours. We were excited to go shell hunting today, a gorgeous, sunny, warm day. Alas, the previous weekend’s storm brought the flotsam and jetsam from who knows where. We weren’t expecting to find more plastic water bottles than seashells, but we did!

Lens at 24 mm
ISO 200
f/16
1/200
SOOC

A bonus photo; this pathetic Spalding soccer ball washed up on the beach. If someone misses the Jetty Boat, at least they’ll have their own version of “Wilson” to talk to.

Lens at 42 mm
ISO 200
f/16
1/200
SOOC

Day 26 — Susan Catches a Redfish

We went fishing today. Susan caught the only fish, a 17 inch redfish which she had to throw back because the smallest keeper is 20 inches. Here, Buddy shows inordinate interest in the fish, hoping to get in a nip before it was returned to the water.

Shortly before this was taken, we had a brief crisis while Chris was distracted while he baited my hook (ewww, slimy bait shrimp; I’m not touching that!). Buddy snatched Chris’ unattended baited hook. The hook imbedded itself in the back of Buddy’s tongue and while I held Buddy’s top jaw, Susan held his lower jaw so Chris could extract the hook with a pair of pliers. We were lucky that the hook stuck in Buddy’s tongue and not in his throat. Buddy soon forgot the crisis and returned to trying to get our bait.

This photo was taken following the Sunny f/16 rule; if the bill of Susan’s cap hadn’t shaded her eyes, I think the photo would have been correctly exposed.

Lens 24mm
ISO 200
f/16
1/200
SOOC

Day 25 — Later: Great Blue Heron

This afternoon we visited Paradise Pond which is a secluded pond in the middle of town. It is filled with night herons, turtles and a few great blue herons, starting their mating ritual and building and refurbishing last year’s nests. This heron was selecting a choice stick to use in his nest. He plucked a stick from the water and flew to his nest shortly after I took this shot.

200mm lens
ISO 640
f/16
1/240
SOOC (cropped slightly)

Day 25 — Sanderlings

My favorite shorebirds are the adorable, spunky sanderlings who run around the edges of the surf chasing their supper. They always appear to be animated and almost cartoon-like.

I started with the Sunny f/16 rule but changed the shutterspeed to stop some wave action and forgot to return it to 1/200. This photo would have been a bit brighter had I done so.

200 mm lens
ISO 200
f/16
1/500
SOOC

Day 24 — Fish out of Water

Today we visited the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor because the weather was so rainy and blustery we decided to stay indoors as much as possible. We found these spadefish at the aquarium in a tall cylindrical glass tank in the middle of the room. I liked the effect of the bubbles and the curved glass.

Lens 60mm
ISO 1250
f/6.3
1/80
SOOC

Day 23 — Brown Pelican Makes a Splash

This morning we walked down the beach to the South Jetty; we saw this brown pelican fishing just off the jetty. He caught a fish and took off, swallowing as he flew off. This was my favorite photo of the sequence because of the wing position and the water splash as he lifts his body out of the water.

200mm
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/1250
SOOC

Here’s the entire sequence from take-off to gulp down! In the last two photos, you can see the lower beak stretch out as he gulps down the fish.