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Sony A7R Chesapeake Bay

When I got in the car it was 20 degrees, not the coldest day lately but cold enough. Because of Tracy’s infinite wisdom I dressed warm enough for minus 20. She even had the Grabber hand warmers for me. I usually go with the, “run to the car” coat and the pain and numbness in my fingers becomes a constant reminder of my bad decisions.

I walked along the bay for about 20 minutes with a flashlight. It was more tranquil than ever before, I just stood there and took it in – completely taken by the moment. That’s Venus in the center of the first pic.

The Sony A7R performed perfectly in the cold. I used the 10-18mm f/4.0 lens, which is an APS-C lens on a full frame camera.  As long as it’s zoomed in the middle range the vignetting is minimal and it’s very sharp. I took some HDR image sets: 3 images @ 2EV spacing. In continuous AEB shooting I unfortunately had to hold the shutter button down for the three shots. I had to pause frequently and squeeze the hand warmers to get some life back in my hands. Manual focus is my new best friend with this camera. I love the EVF (electronic view finder) and the ability to magnify the area of focus. It’s possible to nail the focus with amazing accuracy.

Chesapeake Bay Maryland, Venus

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Sunrise

Chesapeake Bay Maryland Seagull Sunrise

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  • Chris Gibbs - February 2, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Very nice Ferrell. I particularly like the last shot, it’s very different and the light is just perfect! ~Chris

    Thank you Chris! By the way, your B&W “Dog Musher” images on your site are spectacular. FerrellReplyCancel

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