Sunday morning the alarm went off early in our household. Our furry kids, Micah and Niki were thrown off guard. The thought of their humans getting up at dark thirty had them totally flummoxed.

After breakfast, the Lensbaby Duo hit the road and drove to Sarasota for a walkabout with our Lensbaby gear. We started our walkabout in historic Burns Square. It was a warm morning, so I had my air conditioner on stun level, which of course totally fogged my Sweet 35 optic as soon as I got out of the car. I decided to create some images with the lens fogged over. This is the best of the lot.

Sweet 35 optic @f/4.0

Sweet 35 optic @f/4.0

At the south end of Pineapple Street is a restaurant with what I’d classify as Mediterranean architecture. The restaurant has changed ownership many times. As interesting as the outside of the building is, I was intrigued by the inside of the restaurant and the reflections in the window.

Sweet 35 optic @f/4.0

Sweet 35 optic @f/4.0

Burns Court has a little bit over everything, including an eclectic variety of shops with very interesting window dressing.

Sweet 35 optic @f/4.0

Sweet 35 optic @f/4.0

Burns Court is home to many quaint houses and some upscale restaurants. I loved the details in one restaurant, but the dynamic range was more than my camera could handle. So I created three bracketed exposures (-2.0 EV, 0 EV, +2.0 EV) and merged them in HDR Efex Pro 2, which is part of the Google Nik package.

Sweet 35 @f/4.0-bracketed exposures merged in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

Sweet 35 @f/4.0-bracketed exposures merged in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

Sweet 35 @f/4.0-bracketed exposures merged in HDR Efex Pro 2

Sweet 35 @f/4.0-bracketed exposures merged in HDR Efex Pro 2

We ended up at one of our favorite Sarasota buildings, home of the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Because of the sculptures outside we have affectionately dubbed it “The Egg Building.” In addition to having very cool sculptures outside, the glass walls of the building are great subjects because of the reflections and the name.

Single Glass Optic - f/4.0 aperture disk

Single Glass Optic – f/4.0 aperture disk

All too soon the temperature started climbing to an uncomfortable level and as the sun rose higher, the shadow edges became very harsh, which meant it was time to head home and edit images.

Cheers,
Doug

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