In May, I had the opportunity to visit South Walton County, Florida and spend a few days relaxing on the Emerald Coast. Soft white sand, clear blue-green water, and plenty of sun. About perfect for a beach vacation.
Also pretty good ingredients for a photograph.
I would be up early and have the whole beach to myself. I could watch the night fade into morning, hear the surf, and roam the beach looking for images.
Here are a few from a mostly clear morning where I went out to the beach with my camera and tripod to try and bring back an image. I was there early. The stars are just fading into the now blue night sky. I set up my little Sony NEX6 on my tiny Sirui 025-X tripod with my Rokinon Fisheye lens. This is a great travel kit and one that lets me pack a pretty powerful kit into a small bundle. It is ideal for those times I am not really photographing.
Here on the beach, I wanted to capture the breadth of the sky, water, and sand. I set the lens so the horizon was close to the middle of the frame, this gives you a very wide image with no fisheye bulge on your horizon line. Instead you get the curved beach at your feet, so you still know its a fisheye, but it makes the view more like being there.
At first the exposures were long. I photographed both up and down the beach, but the image I liked best was this view looking straight out into the Gulf of Mexico. Image above.
Later I moved around looking for a good foreground and found this small stream of water that was left from high tide and was draining back into the gulf. I framed it up and grabbed this shot as the light rose in the sky. Image at the top.
I had a few shots I liked and it was not even breakfast time-what a great way to start the day.