Pictures from St Augustine- Day Three

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Into every life, a little rain must fall. This is especially true in Florida right now. Day two of our trip was full of rain in the afternoon. We had a nice time taking a trolley tour through the city and learning a lot about its buildings and history. However, while that was a great way to do something and still stay semi-dry, it didn’t make for great picture taking.

While we still had to dodge some raindrops today, we were able to get in a few hours at the beach in nice weather. We then went to a wildlife rescue where I thought I would take a ton of pictures. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow picture taking, but it was still a great tour that got us just a few feet away from some some Tigers, Lions, Wolves, and even one very large Liger.

Between the beach and the resort we are staying at, I was able to take some pretty good comparison shots with the Sandmarc lenses today.

The Atlantic from the Beach

iPhone X alone

Sandmarc Wide Angle

Sandmarc Fisheye

Just to note, I was trying to take advantage of the sun going behind a cloud to cut down on glare. The variations in brightness is not due to the lenses, but the conditions. That aside, you can see above how good of a general purpose lens the Wide Angle is. It captures a clear and focused image with a wider field of view. The Fisheye, on the other hand, is more of an effect lens, which is fine. It captures an exceptionally wide field of view, but the focus at the edges can be quite soft, depending on the lighting and what you are shooting. You will see more of that in a moment.

The Dunes at the Edge of the Beach

iPhone X

Sandmarc Wide Angle

Sandmarc Fisheye

In this shot, the Fisheye actually comes out the best in my opinion. In a landscape shot with fewer defined shapes, the distortion isn’t as evident. More on that in a bit. The focus is also pretty good outside of the center of this shot. It also captured some nice color variation in the clouds and sky above.

The Pool at our Resort

iPhone X

Sandmarc Wide Angle

Sandmarc Fisheye

The Wide Angle wins again here. The Fisheye’s edge distortion is far more evident in a scene with more defined shapes. That distortion can be used to create interesting effects, but it can be a challenge in a scene like this one. Also, if you look at the flower pot in the bottom left corner, you will notice that the softness isn’t flattering. The Wide Angle is much more consistent throughout the shot.

That’s all for today. More pictures, including some from the Macro lens, tomorrow.


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