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castle by the sea

Trying to capture the feeling of beach sun at high noon. I'm now thinking that I should have opened the aperture up a bit more to get a smoother OoF background area and maybe a little more bokeh off the ocean waves. I was at f/3.2 for this one. I'll be headed to the beach again in a few more weeks so will play a bit more in the f/1.4 to f/2.8 range.

 

To keep the camera (and lens) safe from sand and sea salt, I do the following:

1) Never bring the camera to the beach if it's windy

2) Keep it in a zip-locked baggie

3) Never shoot too close to the sand surface since that's where most of the sand is blowing (i've violated this rule on occasion, I confess)

4) Use a filter (I often have a circular polarizer on ... since it's often in the midday hours when we head to the beach)

5) Never change lenses on the beach

6) Use primes instead of zooms, if possible, since the sand can more easily get into zooms

7) Wipe the camera and lens down with a soft cloth after leaving the beach

 

Any other camera safety tips for the beach?

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Taken on July 5, 2009