Bonus Day on Galveston Island

Well, I was supposed to be going offshore today but the helicopter flight I was scheduled for got cancelled.  One more day in the hotel.  I took the opportunity to do some more shooting.

While I was walking the beach, I met a man who was getting suited up to go surfing.  I introduced myself and we had a nice chat for a few minutes.  I was freezing even with layers of clothing.  I can’t believe, wetsuit or not, he was about to get in that water.  Hardcore!  Before continuing on my walk I asked him if I could get a portrait; he was happy to oblige.  I accidently left the aperture stopped all the way down to f/22 on my lens adapter.  By the time I realized it after taking this shot, he was off to the water.  Still, the camera handled it well with an ISO of 3200.  I like the analog grain it produced.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/22 @ 1/2000th | ISO 3200
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/22 @ 1/2000th | ISO 3200

I think this shot below is my favorite of the day.  The seagulls on the shore look tiny here in these scaled-down images but in the full-size image, you can count the feathers on them!  I’m really digging the detail I’m getting out my Minolta lenses and the 36 Megapixel sensor in the A7R; in my opinion, they make a great combo for the traveler who wants to pack small and light without sacrificing image quality..

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/? @ 1/400th | ISO 100
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/? @ 1/400th | ISO 100

These next two shots are of the same scene.  I shot the first one at f/1.7 for minimum depth-of-field, and the second one at f/22 for maximum depth-of-field.  I couldn’t decide which one I liked better so I’m posting both.  Which do you prefer?

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/1.7 @ 1/400th | ISO 100
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/1.7 @ 1/400th | ISO 100
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/22 @ 1/30th | ISO 200
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 50mm f/1.7 | f/22 @ 1/30th | ISO 200

I wish I had more photos to share tonight but I’m out of images and it’s bedtime.  I have to be up at 4:30 tomorrow morning to get to the Heliport.  Hope you enjoyed the images.  If I’m able to fly out tomorrow, I’ll be offline for a month.

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2 thoughts on “Bonus Day on Galveston Island

  1. Your color shot of the “shoreline with the birds”..could be a painting! I love how everything brings color into the whole shot. The rocks are amazing..the colors in the sky & reflections in the water..you couldn’t have made this photo any more awesome..if you planned it! Thanks, again, for sharing!

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  2. I personally like the 2nd pic better… you still have an indication of depth of field, without too much being out of focus. The 1st pic- IMHO- has too little in focus…The background is too out of focus. The 2nd one- the background is much better.
    Best of luck out on the rig- time to go back to work, eh???

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