Clearwater Beach Florida

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by fractal, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
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    Here are some photos from my trip last week to Clearwater Beach. These were all taken with my NEX-7, shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom. I rented a SEL 10-18 f/4 for this trip (first time I rented a lens). Overall I enjoyed the wide perspective so much that I never bothered to use my 8mm fisheye. When processing the shots however I noticed the lens had some difficulty which high contrast area, especially the highlights. In reality, it was mostly my fault when setting exposure but I don't have that issue with my Zony 24mm. I am now considering purchasing the SEL 10-18.


    This was a handheld HDR using the +-3 bracketed shutter. I managed to stay still enough, with a big assist from the bright sun. It was admittedly processed heavily in Photomatix and LR.


    Loved the yellow umbrellas;



    long exposure shot showing the view from the back of our rented condo.


    and the same shot at night...

    Everyone likes to complain about shooting under a "harsh sun" but it is nice setting the ISO to 100 and forgetting it. This was @ 14mm f/5.6 and 1/1250 sec.


    another lifeguard and stand...


    some more on the beach...



    and some shots as the sun was dropping...




    We enjoyed our week in Clearwater Beach. I wish the summer water in the Gulf of Mexico was just a bit cooler but some great memories were made and I had a blast with my camera.
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Looks like some great shots, colors seemed spot on...thought the very last shot was a fitting conclusion to the series
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  3. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
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    Digging the first yellow umbrella shot! That 10-18 lens sure is one the gems of the "crop sensor" e-mount lineup.
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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
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    Wow, excellent series of photos, love 'em all !!!
    Love the wide angle perspective and the colors are great (very vivid) ;)
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  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Impressive shots, lovely beach
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  6. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
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    Very nice! I'm jonesing for this lens as I miss having a UWA zoom with the Sony. Loved the Sigma 10-20 on my old Canon DSLR.
    In the shots with blue sky, I see the blues aren't consistent across the sky. Is that vignetting from the lens, or is it from a CPL on there?
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  7. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
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    Thanks! I added some vignetting in PP. I didn't notice it being a major "problem" before processing. I'll try to find an example without PP.
  8. Jazzer

    Jazzer TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    New York
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    Very nice set. Love the colors. I think my favorite is the first shot of the umbrellas, but hard to choose. I just recently purchased a copy of the 10-18 and sold my 16mm with UWA. I'm looking forward to using it on my upcoming vacation.
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  9. ggibson

    ggibson TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 1, 2011
    Great shots, nice post-processing! I agree, the 10-18mm is a neat little lens.
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