Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter !

The Ides of March have come and gone. From Supermoon to Spring Jubilee, Easter arrives to the delight of many including my chocolate bunny craving kids. You can thank the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers of early America for their egg carrying bunnies bringing egg decorating and hunting antics to children all over.

The Resurrection of Christ and the Exodus of Israelites from Egyptian slavery are a tough sell to everything chocolate and colored eggs for my kids in this festive time of Easter. Bring out the white vinegar and food coloring and let us make a colorful hard boiled egg mess.

My idea of Spring has nothing to do with bunnies or eggs. Warmer days bring beach filled sunsets and the sound of crashing waves. Easter weekend kicks off with a trip to Fort De Soto Beach. Serena's first trip to the ocean began with hesitation but with a few dips in the warm sea changed her newborn mind.

Who can resist the lure of the warm Gulf encapsulated with the orange glow of the setting sun? The "Golden Hour" as photographers call this natural and appealing ambient light blessed this photographic moment. I definitely took advantage of this special time with my handy Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D paired with the EF 35mm f/2 lens.

Yes, I am in the salt water with a DSLR. Anything for the shot, right? Wide open at f/2 and a noise free ISO 100 gives me that dreamy bokeh that everyone desires. The sunset menagerie has only begun on the sandy shores and continues with glistening crests of ocean waves. You will be hard pressed for a bad image in this glorious beach. The sun behind you gives a warm pleasing light. The sun in front of you offers a nice backlit silhouette of your subject with a great setting sun in the background. What could go wrong?

My idea of Easter is a scrambled egg topped with cheese and crispy bacon on toasted Cuban bread with butter. Of course, accompanied by a large Cafe con Leche with heaps of table sugar. This is a perfect Easter Sunday breakfast of Champions.

You can view more eggs, hard boiled and scrambled, in my Easter 2011 Gallery.

11 months or less and counting until Serena can fully participate in my Canon HD DSLR Video tests and reviews. I cannot wait. By then, we will have the Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 3, the Canon 5D Mark III and 1Ds Mark IV and finally the much anticipated Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L wide angle zoom lens. Serena has much to look forward too in her Full HD future.