I took a ride to Atlantic City recently. I had not been there in a while and I must say there was quite a bit going on Sunday 6/29. First of all the weather was simply gorgeous, second the running event of the Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon was finishing up on the boardwalk which made walking from one end to the other a bit of an adventure and thirdly, the week long DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup event had just begun.
Now, not to take anything away from the athletes in the triathlon, for this type of sporting event is one of the most incredible feats of endurance, but that being said I was not ready for the amazing sand sculptures exhibited in this world competition. The exhibit was located right next to Steel Pier. I myself have not been to many sand sculpting exhibits, in fact this was my first. To think that these sculptures were made from sand, water and (according to the announcer at the event) Elmer's glue which is added to the mixture was just miraculous.
The images in this blog were taken with a Pentax MX-1 camera. This is an advanced compact camera with a very sharp lens as well as semi automatic and manual control. I use this camera quite often for street style photography. It is compact enough and has a lens that has an aperture range from f/1.8-2.5. I used the camera mostly in the shutter priority mode. This mode is my overall favorite to shoot in - I just like to know that I have control with subject movement and camera shake. I can then control my aperture via my shutter speed adjustment. This technique is not the right or wrong way to adjust the camera, it is just the method I most prefer when controlling the outcome of my image.