Many years ago on a trip to Washington DC with our kids and my mom we walked by a vendor selling picture postcards. He called out over and over “Eight postcards for a dollar – ALL DIFFERENT!” It was one of those moments we all remember and often paraphrase that line today; for example, at a buffet “Eight side dishes – ALL DIFFERENT!”. Well this project required 120 pictures – ALL THE SAME. That’s right I took 120 pictures of exactly the same scene in order to find the best light modifier for my cooking pictures.
We wanted to exercise our prerogatives as grandparents and get away for a day for some grown up time with Brian and Marie. So we headed down to Carmel-by-the-Sea to walk around downtown and enjoy the views. It’s about an hour’s drive south of Santa Cruz, just south of Monterey. Brian and Marie often come here for a weekend getaway.
In this post I’m sharing some of the beautiful views of Santa Cruz, California we had from our deck at the Beach Street Inn and Suites motel and a couple of walks on the wharf.
Back in 2016 when I bought my first Sony E-mount camera (full frame Sony A7R2) I purchased a Sony 90mm Macro G lens and a Sony 24-240 all purpose lens. The 90mm macro lens is great for close up shots, I’ve taken a few – like these pictures of our garden – but my photography never trended that direction. I considered selling it; but it’s such a nice lens I hate to give it up. So, I tried putting this full frame llens on my APS-C Sony A6600 to see how it would fare. I wandered around the house and outside to give it a go. I am very pleased with the results.
After a one-night stay in Couer d’Alene, Idaho we went to Flathead Lake, Montana for two nights – giving us a full day to explore the lake.