The benefit of hanging out with my family when on vacation is that they don’t care at all if I spend the entire time taking photos and edited them on my computer. My husband gets annoyed if I spend too much time doing that, but no one in my family cared so I got to snap and edit away. In fact, my dad is as obsessive about his hobbies as I am, so while I was editing on the computer he was trying to learn some James Taylor song on the guitar.
This was the neighbor’s beach house, actually; I took that one with my telephoto lens from our balcony as it was actually pretty far away. This was our house:
I took some quick snaps of the interior that I can edit later; it was a really beautiful house. I was deluded that it would take an hour to get there though; it was more like two hours. It was just me and my parents for a few hours, then my sister showed up with three of her four kids and their significant others. They’d had their senior prom the night before and seemed to really enjoy having a day on the beach. They wanted their pictures taken, and then after I took them they wanted to see them right away, so that’s a lot of what I have to share today.
My niece and her boyfriend – that date in the sand is the day they met. Cheesy, I know.
They dug big holes into the sand to sit in. They also dug cupholders.
I took those with my 17-40mm, but since I knew I’d want to take lots of pictures I brought along all my camera gear. I took a bunch with my macro lens, but have only had time to process one of them; it’s a good one though:
I forgot to bring my lens hoods so I started to get nervous about wandering around the beach with them because it was ridiculously windy outside. So windy, in fact, that all of the rocking chairs on the balcony were rocking without our assistance. Of course, I had to film this:
Here’s another I took with the 70-200; I liked how the bird looked like he was tilting in the wind.
I’ll finish up with this one, and tell one sad story: at one point in the afternoon, I was sitting at the dining room table which sits in front of the long row of windows overlooking the balcony and the beach; I looked up just in time to see a Beach Patrol helicopter fly by right in front of our balcony. I literally could have licked it if I’d been on the balcony – OK not really, but if I’d been outside with my telephoto lens and been able to take pictures, it would have looked like it. Sadly, I missed it, and it never came back by. Ok so here it is – it’s Sunday morning and my parents have Fox News on, so I have to hurry up and post this and get the hell out of the room, so sorry if this isn’t the most well-written post ever:
These are FABulous! Seriously. I love every one of them. Wow! I especially love that beach house, particularly the first shot with the boats framed on the left, and the one with the birds (natch). Hey, have you seen the FotoFlexer program? I threw a couple of selfies in that and smoothed a couple of things out immediately and effortlessly in it. Easier than PS. Just wonderin’
No, never heard of it! I will check it out.
What do you mean? It was a good post. Great pics and videos all.
I had more details I could have added, but I got rushed.
Just wonderful . . . .
All of the pictures are phenomenal. Especially love the last one.
Looks like a fun weekend.
Thank you! We did have a nice time.
Gorgeous holiday snaps, love the strength of the yellow and blue in the first couple of pictures. Fantastic house, there must be lots of land there to have such big gaps between the beach homes.
Everything in TX is pretty spread out – but we were at an end of the beach where the houses had a lot more room in particular.