Sony A77 at Work Along the Pacific Coast

Okay okay so I’m learning how to use my new Sony DSLT  (Digital Single Lens Translucent) A77 camera I mentioned in the previous post. So we left sunny, very hot (108-110 degree) monsoon weather here in Tucson and headed for the coast up around Carmel California.

Even though the coast was fogged in most of the time, the A77 brought out colors that always amaze me. Point Lobos National Reserve was the perfect spot to try it out. Here’s a  few shots.

Lone Pine along 17 mile drive near Carmel, Ca.  (ISO 100, 16mm f/9, 1/60 sec & polarizer filter)

The sun was struggling to break through the overcast foggy sky but never quite made it that day. Just a few miles north near Monterey the sun broke through…but not here. The color of the water was just as it looked here.

China Beach inside Point Lobos (ISO 200, 50mm f/8, 1/40 sec & polarizer filter)

China Cove which leads to China Beach shown above is one of my favorite places to visit. The water looks emerald green even though it looks so blue further out toward the cove inlet. The little hidden cove has two caves that go through the rock. During low tide both go through. The sand is white, and turns golden as the green water licks the shoreline. Many..many..steps lead down to the shoreline from the bluffs above.

Juvenile Pacific Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis (ISO 200, 300mm f/10, 1/160 sec) 

Along the shoreline near south of the world famous Pebble Beach golf course are many excellent beaches, rocks, tide pools, and shore birds. Here’s a young juvenile Brown Pelican perched on some seaweed covered rock. This is a hand-held 300 mm shot from the beach. This is one of the legacy lenses from my Minolta equipment list that I’ve used on my Sony A-350 and now my A77 without any problem. One of the major, probably THE major reason I stayed with the Sony line. I tested ALL my former Minolta lenses and attachments and they all performed famously (that means without any degradation).

Straw Hat at Katy’s Place in Carmel, CA.  (ISO 200, 45mm f/2.8, 1/80 sec)

So one last photo. The first two photos and this last one were shot with the “kit” 16-50mm f/2.8 lens Sony ships with the A77. It seems to be an excellent 2.8 lens and I used it in all situations which I’ll share in another post later.

I tested the very fast autofocus and 12 frame-per-second shooting on some bikers and never had a blurry photograph! Only one gripe. Since I’ve never had a DSLR with video capability before I really didn’t like the position of the Video button. I kept pressing it with my right hand thumb as I squeezed the shutter while in landscape mode. After importing the pictures into Aperture and hearing me say “Damn I did it again!” over and over again I really need to find some software (firmware?) hack to turn off that button. Anyone know of a way? Or do I have to practice practice practice not to press that darn button.

I’ll be back later with some other fog pictures of the San Francisco area. Come on back soon.


2 thoughts on “Sony A77 at Work Along the Pacific Coast

  1. These were great shots! This is one of our favorite spots in the whole world. thanks for the conversation, the walk down memory lane, and the pics!

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