Sunsets & Sand [Wordless Wednesday]

On Sunday, I desperately wanted to go to the beach. Evan’s mid-day nap makes it a little difficult, but we planned to put him down a little early and hopefully head to the beach around 3pm. At 3pm, Evan was still sleeping and the wind was blowing at a steady 26 miles per hour.  So we went to plan B.

After dinner, we hopped in the car, fought our way through the spring breakers, and took a little walk on Clearwater Beach.

Evan didn’t remember the beach. He kept saying “wow” and then made up a fun game of throwing himself on the sand. He likes to take off so we used the monkey backpack (“packpack!”) to keep him away from the water and near us. I never thought I would be the parent who put her kid on a leash.

We didn’t stay for the actual sunset (it’s a little too close to E’s bedtime and we knew we’d have to fight the tourists on the way off the beach, too), but we had fun walking around on such a lovely evening.

On the photography side of things, I used my 50 1.8, but kept the f-stop a little higher than I generally like because of all the light. I find that it sometimes has a hard time autofocusing if subjects are too far or too close. I actually had to set it to infinity focus for the two setting sun shots. I also learned how to use the clone button in photoshop and deleted a few birds and the tag off of Evan’s backpack. I think you can tell but not too bad. I am finally using photoshop in its verb form.

 So this post was full of words. Happy Wordless Wednesday, regardless.

6 thoughts on “Sunsets & Sand [Wordless Wednesday]

  1. Sandy March 19, 2014 / 9:47 am

    Don’t feel bad, we did the leash thing too when my son was just walking. We went to San Antonio, where there ARE NO BARRIERS between the walkway and the stinky river. I swear, that kid would have ended up in the drink had we not restrained him. Love the beach, in the heat, in the cold, with tourists, whatever. It soothes the soul!


  2. Ti March 19, 2014 / 10:47 am

    I like the vintage-y look of these shots. I can almost smell the sea air 😉

    I could not tell that you photoshopped any of it.


  3. Trish March 20, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    All the pictures are great but that last one is perfect! I have a tough time with my 50m 1.8 and focusing as well–especially if I’m shooting more than one person in the frame. And I’ve thought about the leash a million times–we’ve just been too lazy to actually go and buy one.


  4. Kailana March 23, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    Yeah, as someone that was just a tourist in Florida I have no idea how you ‘locals’ deal with it… The traffic was always nuts and everything we went to had huge crowds. I am not a big fan of crowds… But, that was when my mother and her boyfriend had their house, so the crowds were unavoidable.


    • Michelle March 23, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      Thankfully it’s not THIS bad all year long. Just now.


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