Sometimes mother nature just doesn't quite cooperate. That's when you gotta just do the best you can. If the shot isn't there it's time to play around with different technique and use your imagination. I knew I wasn't going to get a great shot of the full super moon with all the different layers of storm clouds. So I just played around and tried some different things and came up with this photo below. At a 2 minute exposure I'm surprised the clouds aren't more blurry, but I like the smoothness of the ocean and the semi crisp clouds with the super moon rising behind them.
As I continue to test my Sony a6000 camera and push the raw files I am very impressed. The raw files aren't as good as my Nikon NEF's but they are really close. It must be the difference between the Sony's 12 bit raw and the Nikon's 14 bit raw. None the less, this camera is keeping up with my Nikon D700 and then some. I'm really enjoying the small form factor and portability of this power-packed camera. Image below: Black & White Double Rainbow
I ran down to the beach with my Sony a6000 right after a big thunderstorm. I was hoping to catch the lightning offshore but instead there were rainbows everywhere. Gotta love the double rainbow action.
A little different! I wanted to get a new perspective of the ocean in this shot. I really liked the tall grass growing on the dunes and I wanted a nice shallow depth of field.
Sometimes it's just fun to post process your images to black and white.
I see a lot of these types of photographs out there and I can see why. The wood walkway that leads out to the beach just looks so good. I shot this with shallow depth of field because I want the viewer to look past the walkway and straight to the ocean and sky.
I was hoping the big dark clouds behind this colorful lifeguard tower at Cocoa Beach would turn nice and pink at sunset, but I'm glad it didn't. The dark grey clouds really provide a nice contrast between the bright reds and blues, really popping the tower.
I would like to sit here and tell you I waited for hours for just the right light and just the right moment to capture this image of a little girl going up to Santa. Sorry, the fact is, I did want this shot, I composed it, I thought about how I wanted it to look with the surfboards in the background. It would have been a pretty nice shot. It wasn't until I got home and looked at the file that I noticed the little girl stepping into my frame, not ruining my shot, but making it WAY better! My point is, sometimes it doesn't come down to skill or how many years you've been making photos, sometimes, it's just good ole' fashioned luck. So here it is below, one of my favorite photos from the Surfin Santas contest Cocoa Beach, FL 2014