Tuesday, June 7, 2011

beach trip

We spent last weekend in Destin, Florida. The sand is so white and the water is the most beautiful shade of blue. The guys had a blast playing in the waves and throwing the football on the beach. I enjoyed relaxing a little and taking a lot of pics. We all laughed a lot and had fun being together so it really was a fabulous time!
 
Most of these photos were taken with my new lens, the 200mm 2.8L II. It was perfect for getting shots from a distance and I love the results. The telephoto focal length not only blurs the background, but also brings it in closer to the subject.
 
Do you see what I mean? In this series of shots the water looks like it's right in front of them as they run toward the ocean. It's funny how they are in perfect step in all three!


They did let me get one quick shot before they started running.

And then they spent the rest of the time either playing in the waves, throwing the football or walking on the beach.

This is the one shot that I took with my 50mm. You can see how the background of the buildings looks farther away and less blurred even though the aperture was at 3.2 here and the previous photo was taken at 4.5, but with the 200mm.

They spent a total of about five minutes sitting. And then they were up and running around again. I sure can't keep up with them!

47 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots of the boys. Looks like lots of fun.

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  2. I love the running shots! I usually just catch blur. :O
    GREAT PHOTOS!!

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  3. Oh my...these are just amazing Deb! I know why you liked your new lens, incredible!!

    Love that black and white too.

    GREAT job!!!

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  4. Your photos are fantastic. I'm beginning to see the difference a good camera and lenses can make....when used well too. Wonderful.

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  5. These are all fantastic! Love the new lens - you're giving me new lens envy!!

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  6. Great shots!! New lens are always fun!! Happy to read that you are having fun with it.
    Enjoy your day!!

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  7. The lens is amazing! Wow! I especially love the one shot of your son sitting in the lawn chair where you can see the reflection of the beach in his sunglasses. They're all terrific though!

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  8. These pics are awesome!!!! Amazing and fun and really showing the summer spirit!
    Enjoy! Nice to meet you! Following so I can come back often!
    :) Jen

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  9. Oh! It looks like a wonderful, wonderful time and your new toys...COOL!!!!! :)

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  10. :( I miss Destin and all those places there so much! I wish we could spend springs and summers in our house in Ft. Walton Beach and rest of the year here in Italy. But we usaully spend time there in winter. :( (http://www.miracrisp.com/2010/12/white-xmas-in-florida.html)
    Thank you so much for sharing these. :)

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  11. WOW wonderful shots!!! They look like they are having a great time!

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  12. I so want to go to the beach right now!

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  13. Wow! I am loving your new lens! These shots are all fantastic.

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  14. great shots - looks like they're having a blast!

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  15. Love these shots, looks like you all had so much fun! I want to go to the beach! Yay, for a new lens!

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  16. Loving these. Can't wait to see all of them. We should go together next year.

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  17. Deb, these shots are beautiful! Looks like you all had a wonderful time. That b/w is so sharp, really wonderful! :)

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  18. we had the opportunity to get to Destin last summer. It sure is beautiful there. You captured it in your photos. I had never seen water like that as I grew up spending my summers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
    Love the black and white shot.

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  19. These photos made my day, so want to go to that beach.

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  20. Love the new lens! What a great place to try it out! The water looks so inviting!

    I really like the black and white shot as well.

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  21. What fantastic men in your life! And the colors are SO vivid! I long to hit the waves head on and could almost smell the breeze just looking at your photos!

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  22. Awe, I really like these! Looks like a fun trip.

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  23. These are great! So refreshing. :)

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  24. You make having teens look refreshing!

    Would love it, if you're interested to join in on my Friday - A Family Lives Here posts. Here's what it's about. Here's are some current posts.
    We post every Friday! Cheers!

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  25. Love these! I would love to be hitting the beach too!

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  26. so jealous, i think my body needs a beach trip ASAP!

    anyway these shots are beautiful. love your new lens, it really does take a great pic!

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  27. love these beach shots! Especially the first two and the black and white one!

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  28. Seriously amazing photos, Deb! You are rocking that new lens!! :)

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  29. Beautiful shots and great lens!
    Looks like you had great fun...love the blue ocean.

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  30. Gorgeous shots!!! I stumble upon your blog all the time from the various link ups and just think your talent oooozzzeesss from every pore.

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  31. Beautiful captures! So fun!

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  32. Great shots of a beautiful beach and cute boys! It IS funny how they were all in step, too.

    =)

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  33. Oh Deb, these photos are just fantastic. I bet you are loving your new lens. Nothing like being able to break in a new lens. Looks like you broke it in the proper way, too. :)

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  34. Deb, the pictures are amazing! Looks like a fabulous vacation...I so miss our Destin days from when we lived down South..Happy Tuesday:)

    Tiffany

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  35. These are beautiful photos!

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  36. Boys and the beach, little ones like my tot, bigger ones like your men, aren't they all the same. ;-) I like the pics when they are running. I'm sure you had a perfect vacation.

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  37. Great photos and I, especially, love the B&W shot! I am debating about getting a new lens...not sure which one though!
    As always, thank you for your kind comments on my site.
    Rachel.

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  38. Awesome, beautiful shots!

    I felt like I was looking into my future with two boys! So you mean they don't slow down after they get older?!? :-)

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  39. Oh by the way, can I ask what action you used on your black and white? The contrast is perfect!

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  40. great shots! That is one of the lenses I COVET, you lucky girl! looks like a great vacation!

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  41. I love all of these! They are wonderful! I'm so glad you had such a fun trip. It looks like a blast. :)

    And what a great new lens. I'll be curious to see what all you can do with it. Have fun!

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  42. That looks like you had a very funny day. :) LG Tina

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  43. That lens looks like its a good choice! ;) Beautiful images captured here friend!

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  44. Great and fun shots. As they say, a good glass is everything

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  45. what a beautful B&W photo!

    Via B&W Wednesday

    Light Trigger

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  46. LOVE these photos! Look how much fun they are having and what good sports they are for the camera! I love the running shots - you are so right - they were perfectly in step!

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