For the weekend, I picked up a Nikon 14-24mm from BorrowLenses.com to use for a holiday photowalk in Fairhope, Alabama on Sunday.
Getting familiar with the lens today at Historic Blakeley Park, a few miles from my home I took this shot on the waterfront.
So far, I'm thinking.. the next time this gets added to my cart, it'll probably get ordered! ;)
Another one from this outing...
A-HA! Well, not really A-hA! More like.. mehhm...
Okay, before you get critical and say, this is too busy or is poorly composed or weirdly processed, I just gotta say:
6 times I've walked past this tree and tried to get a shot of the whole tree in the frame. 6 times! I just can't find the right way to shoot this tree!!
Plus, I believe the park officials would be grumpy with me if I brought a machete with which to clear things out of the frame :)
So, this is one of those "I learned 100 ways to not make a lightbulb moments.."
.. Plus.. It's still an interesting enough scene that I wanted to share, even though I'm not thrilled with the composition.
I arrived at Blakeley Park around 4pm CST. I've tried a number of times to get in around sunset and always get smited by something pedestrian. Last time I attempted, it was the small order of cash.
It costs a token amount to enter and I had zero american presidents at my disposal.
Plus, I doubted this place has a card swipe machine or RFID google wallet reader :)
This time! -- Ohh this time I was prepared.. I scooted off with a crisp $10 bill and made it to the gate at 4. The park guy was great, recommending that I be gone by 5:30. As he put it, not for his convenience but so that I wouldn't be eaten by an alligator or carried off by mosquitos.
The latter was more likely.
As I walked down the boardwalk I heard plenty of critters below and I couldn't help but feel for the men who were tasked with building this boardwalk. Do they have snake-repellent boots?
At any rate, this is one of the first times I've been able to get a shot of this particular scene that I'm pleased with. In part because of the loaner lens, in part because of the good light and in part b/c of the cool atmosphere. I hope you enjoy!