It was off to Hudson Beach for the sunset last night. I wanted to experiment by using my wide angle lens rather than my usual lens choice. To compare the two of them I suppose. I’m influenced by all the talk of lenses and cameras in my group, but I’m so happy with my 18 to 400 lens because I want to be ready to zoom in close when I want/need to. But sometimes I’d like a wider view, but the actual wide angle lens makes everything in your view smaller. I complained about that in the group and our fearless leader told me I was trying to take the wrong pictures with it. I used both lenses and I’d have to guess to say which was which. But I liked the pictures so that’s all that really matters.
There usually isn’t much in the way of surf at Hudson Beach, but what there usually is is people, dog walkers, kids playing, and lots of people taking pictures of the sunset. But this night was windy enough to keep people home. Except for me of course. I was fooled by a dreary day that turned nice in the afternoon, with blue skies and nice puffy clouds. I was only there for a half hour or so, and now while I”m editing photos I’m listening to the wind whipping up the palm trees outside. I’m glad I went out but I’m also glad to be home.
I had heard that the sunset can be especially nice after a storm has rolled through, which is what happened yesterday. It was nearly 6:30 when I glanced up and noticed that the clouds had broken up, which left a half hour until sunset. I hadn’t been to Hudson Beach for a while, and at 3 miles from my house I can be there in 10 minutes, I should probably go there more often. The sky was already streaked with reds, but the houses across the inlet looked so perfect in the light that the feature photo is the first picture I took when I got there. That lovely light doesn’t last long. It was a beautiful night.
“How long do you stay after the sunset?” asked my friend. She commonly posts spectacular pictures of a sky full of color, taken from Safety Harbor, an hour south of me. A mile from her house I might add. She assured me that the sky after a thunderstorm is prime timing for a great sky.
So I saw this and headed out, but not south since the storm was heading that way. I hedged my bets and headed to Hudson Beach where I could shoot from the covered pavilion if necessary. It was.
I made it under cover just in time for the skies to open, and I quickly discovered that the upper part of the covered pavilion was no cover at all, and descended to the bottom level and started shooting. Looking at my pictures I thought my lens was dirty, and then I realized that it was the drops cascading off the roof that I was seeing in my shots.
The fishing boats headed out despite the storm. There was thunder and lightning, but behind me. I couldn’t help but wish to see lightning out on the water. And I began to have no faith that the sky would light up because wooly looking dark clouds were descending, and I got drenched getting to the car. To leave you have to drive around a loop, and as I did I thought I saw the clouds breaking up so I continued around and parked again and took these shots with the iPhone, in the rain.
I tried to leave, I really did, I drove around that loop two more times, but I just couldn’t bring myself to leave. I stopped once more, for one more photo and then I headed home…
The next best choice from the point of view of not having to travel for the sunset, is Hudson Beach. Probably 3 miles up Rt. 19. And it has the advantage of a couple of different angles to bring elements into your photos. And If I wanted to I could sit at Sam’s Beach Bar and take my pictures while I have a beer. What more could I want?
This osprey was sitting on this post when I got to Hudson Beach the other night, and as I drove away I looked for him and he was still there. He was a distraction because I wasn’t exactly early and I had several spots I wanted to stand for sunset photos. I hadn’t counted on him as a distraction. I’ve been too lazy to use the tripod lately, but in low light the shutter speed is long enough that you’ll get camera shake without a tripod. I was probably a good thing that I already had the camera on the tripod when I spotted him.
Then yesterday I had a pop up on Facebook, and ad for a new Photoshop program that makes eliminating background distractions look like a piece of cake. I saw the ad first and then opened the pictures of this guy and here I had photos that needed that program. Or that feature, but I know you can do that same thing with the software I already have, and learning to take better advantage of the programs is something I keep meaning to do in my spare time? Why does it feel like I don’t have any spare time when all my time is ‘spare’?And a couple of shots from the phone. I sometimes forget to check the iPhone to see what those photos look like, and forgetting to even pull the phone out and take a few shots while I’m out. But I have the newest phone now, the iPhone 11 pro max, and it takes an extra wide angle shot, so there is the novelty factor. I think I like it.