2017-09-11 - shorterimage

Our 30 Hour Whirlwind Vacation turned Adventure to Clearwater Beach Florida


Cut way short by Hurricane Irma!


We were planning on being there the better part of a week and left Atlanta heading down with an eye already toward Hurricane Irma. We knew it could take a track that might intersect our plans. And by the time we got checked into the Sandpearl, we knew  our plans would probably be altered.

Weather wise, we knew we could get several if not all our days in enjoying the area. The problem was would we be able to get gas and drive out if we stayed. We decided to just reassess each day and enjoyed our first full day (what actually turned out to be our only day) of beach time.

With Sandy firmly planted in a lounge chair on Sandpearl beach, I decided to go on a photo roam. And while driving around that day I noticed that gas lines were already beginning to form. That evening over dinner, Sandy and I decided that leaving the next day would be a wise move. We didn't want to get stuck without gas available or be in long lines of evacuation traffic. Later that evening we heard that some stations in the area were already out of gas. So we decided to get up early and head out before morning traffic started to build.

Turned out to be a good plan because we were able to get gas right after leaving, but over the next thirty minutes the lines started to form. We got real lucky! We just skipped out right before morning rush hour traffic got going good and headed north towards home. We didn't have any problems along the way but we did notice once we got into Georgia that about half the cars heading north had Florida plates. Good for them for moving early!

Made a quick cruise through Cedar Key , FL on the way down

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 19mm .. f7.1, 1/500th sec, ISO 100


Cedar Key , FL Back Bay

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 23mm .. f7.1, 1/640th sec, ISO 100


Sandpearl, Clearwater, FL

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 24mm .. f7.1, 1/500th sec, ISO 100


The beach at Sandpearl

Shot about 7am with the Sony/Zeiss FE 2.8/35mm f6.3, 1/60th sec, ISO 400


The beach at Sandpearl walking towards the Clearwater Pier

Shot about 7:15am with the Sony/Zeiss FE 2.8/35mm f6.3, 1/80th sec, ISO 400


Clearwater Beach Pier, FL

Shot about 8am with the Sony/Zeiss FE 2.8/35mm f6.3, 1/200th sec, ISO 320


Lonely Chairs, at Sandpearl

Shot about 8:30am with the Sony/Zeiss FE 2.8/35mm f6.3, 1/320th sec, ISO 320


Flowers at Fort DeSoto Park Beach

Shot with the Sony FE 2.8/90mm Macro G OSS f8, 1/800th sec, ISO 100


Fort DeSoto Park, North Beach

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 16mm .. f8, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


Fort DeSoto Park, North Beach

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 28mm .. f8, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


Fort DeSoto Park, North Beach

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 28mm .. f8, 1/640th sec, ISO 100


Fort DeSoto Park, Fishing Pier

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 24mm .. f8, 1/500th sec, ISO 100


Fort DeSoto Park, shot from the Fishing Pier back towards the Fort

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 16mm and cropped a bit .. f8, 1/640th sec, ISO 100


Fort DeSoto Park, on the Fishing Pier

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 35mm, cropped and with a good bit of perspective correction .. f8, 1/500th sec, ISO 100


Honeymoon Island, FL

Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 1.8/55 ZA (red)T* shot at f8, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


Honeymoon Island, FL

Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 1.8/55 ZA (red)T* shot at f10, 1/250th sec, ISO 100


Honeymoon Island, FL

Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 1.8/55 ZA (red)T* shot at f13, 1/200th sec, ISO 100


Honeymoon Island, FL

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 16mm, f9, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


Honeymoon Island, FL

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 19mm, f9, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


Honeymoon Island, FL

Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 1.8/55 ZA (red)T* shot at f9, 1/320th sec, ISO 100


Clearwater Beach Florida looking back towards the Clearwater Bridge

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 24mm, f7.1, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


Shot from our hotel room balcony at the Sandpearl, Clearwater Beach, FL

Sony FE 2.8/90mm Macro G OSS f6.3, 1/1000th sec, ISO 100


Clearwater Beach Florida looking back towards the Clearwater Bridge

This is a crop B&W conversion of the color pick above

Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35mm ZA OSS shot at 24mm, f7.1, 1/400th sec, ISO 100


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