Kite-boards at Assateague

We wandered over to Assateague this afternoon to see if we could see any birds or the new pony, but the throngs of people had most of the wildlife scared off. We did see some ponies, but they were off in the distance, and really weren't posing well. The wind was up, though, and the crazies were busy flying around on their kite-boards. I took it as an opportunity to make more pictures you're not supposed to be able to make with the Fujifilm X-E1 and the XC 50-230mm lens. I also make a couple of pretty "marsh-scapes," and, since it is the "unofficial first day of summer" here on the eastern shore, I made the obligatory "pretty girl on the beach" shot.

I used the "back button focus" technique, and all manual exposure (mostly, the good old "sunny sixteen" rule).

All images taken with a Fujifilm X-E1, and processed with Photos, Perfectly Clear, and/or Snapseed on an Apple iPad Air 2.

All images by and copyright (c) Geren W. Mortensen, Jr., All Rights Reserved.

Weekend on the Shore

We spent this past weekend on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Saturday was spent on the upper shore, in and around Easton and Oxford, and on the road to Berlin (near Ocean City); Sunday we went over to Assateague, where we spent some time in the National Park (we took the opportunity to re-up our annual parks pass). I haven't had a lot of time to work on the images, so they're presented here "straight." I'll select a few to work on in OnOne Perfect Effects and post them over the next few days.

Saturday's Shots

Most of these are from Oxford, although I poked around a few other little towns as well.

Sunday's Shots

Mostly at Assateague, though I did shoot a few on the boardwalk at Ocean City, and a couple on the drive back to Berlin.

The pictures of the birds are particularly fun, because the Fujifilm X-E1 is just not supposed to be good at that kind of thing, and a 230mm lens is typically far too short to do anything decent with. I'll admit, getting the bird shots was challenging with that camera, but then again, getting good shots of birds is always a challenge!

Into Winter on Assateague

Before heading home today, we ventured over to Assateague Island to see how things have progressed since Hurricane Sandy. There's still a lot of damage to both the southern and northern ends of the island yet to be repaired. And, time is continuing to take its toll on the old farmhouse on Assateague Road. A few images from today:

After Sandy at Assateague

We drove down to Chincateague, VA, and the Assateague National Seashore today, to see how the Virginia-portion of the park had fared post Sandy. To put it bluntly, the park is a bit of a mess. Trees are uprooted, roads and parking lots along the beach are gone, and large sections of the park are closed. But, for the most part, nature is just plugging along. We saw a few Egrets and Great Blue Herons, a good sized squadron of Snow Geese, a variety of ducks and shore birds, a goodly selection of dumb gulls -- but no ponies or deer.

The day was a bit dreary and cold and rainy, but that didn't stop me from taking a few photographs.

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