Oh I Do Like To Be..

..Beside the seaside. Yes I do, even in February.

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Its been a gorgeous day mostly, the sun shining, no rain in sight. Had a visit from a lovely friend this morning and decided to spend the afternoon at Gunton Hills, aka The Seaside.

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Its one of my favourite spots around this area as its quiet, under populated, even now, during the school holidays and, an added bonus, we can walk the dogs here all year round.

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Most beaches place restrictions on dogs between May and September, so obviously, being February, its largely irrelevant.

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I took along the Sony with the Minolta 28-75mm. I thought it best to give it a real spin outdoors, where it should shine, although being relatively fast at F2.8 it is fine for indoor use, depending on various factors – time of year, time of day, amount of ambient light available etc.

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It was a tricky shoot for me. I ramped up the SS to 1/400th of a second, aperture at about 3.5 ,mostly, ISO at base given the amount of light available, and came away with two issues (couple hundred pics – of which maybe 20 are useable), blur and poor exposure. WTF?!

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Ive emailed my guru and shall be providing pics for her tomorrow (thanks Nianys) but I really need to read more……..and get out and about more.

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In these tedious, long winter months it is easy to get comfy shooting macro, indoor static objects or kids with flash and static camera settings. Im out of practise with the ‘on the fly’ exposure changes that outdoor pursuits and the warmer seasons bring.

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But, all said and done it was a lovely afternoon for La Famille Harding and we headed home a contented lot.

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