Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Unlike the last few tropically-themed pictures I’ve posted, this one is actually *not* from my recent Hawaii trip. Instead, this one is from Jamaica. Specifically, Negril. Even more specifically, this was taken from the restaurant at the Rockhouse hotel just outside of Negril. That, my friends (and non-friend readers), is an amazing place. There is a famous 7-mile long white sand beach in the town of Negril itself, but the Rockhouse (and a few other hotels) are a little ways outside of town, on what is known as “the cliffs”. So, there’s no beach per-se there, instead it’s a rocky shoreline, where all of the rooms are about 10-ish feet above the water, and there’s all sorts of little ladders and stuff that you can use to get in to the water. But, there’s some pretty great snorkeling and such literally feet from the door of your room. Like I said, not a bad spot.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 50mm.
Monday, February 14, 2011
So I guess I should start off by saying “Happy Valentine’s Day”! So, umm, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Right, so, that’s done. Here’s a picture from the Caribbean. No, this wasn’t recent, I didn’t just get back from another secret trip to some exotic location or anything. This one was actually taken on my honeymoon oh-so-long-ago. The land across the water is St. Martin / St. Maarten (it’s half French and half Dutch, you know), and I was standing on Yellow Beach (on Pinel Island) when I took the picture. We were there on a cruise, and we took an island tour that included a snorkeling expedition to Pinel Island. That’s… really the most interesting part of the story.
I usually avoid having people in my pictures. Because people tend to be ugly. And even if they’re not ugly, I think it’s really cheeseball when you see some amazingly awesome landscape photo with some person wearing horribly outdated clothes right there in the mix. It totally distracts from the scene you’re trying to portray, if you ask me. I suppose to get around that you could just have all of the people be naked, but then you have a different kind of picture entirely. So, I apologize for the folks who may or may not be ugly in today’s picture (hey man, I’m not here to judge – that’s your job.) But it was sort of unavoidable given the circumstances. Have a great day!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 28mm.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Apparently I’ve adopted a 3-days-a-week routine for posting to this blog. That wasn’t really the intention, I swear. It just sort of ended up that way for the past couple weeks. As a result, I set a new record in August for the fewest posts in a month (13 – that’s not counting May, 2009, which was the month I started, because I started it in the middle of the month). A dubious achievement, for sure. Especially since it was a 31 day month. Sigh. Maybe this month I’ll do better.
Today’s picture takes us back to Jamaica, which is where I went for my big happy vacation earlier this year. This picture is actually pretty similar to one I already posted awhile ago. But it’s different enough that I have no qualms about posting it. (I’m still pretending that there’s actually some kind of rule that says I can’t post the same picture twice.) This was taken at the Negril Craft Market, which is on the 7-mile beach in Negril, at the very western point of the island. The beach and the water are stunningly gorgeous, but it’s not the place to go if you’re looking for solitude and relaxation. It’s a very developed beach, meaning there are hotels along the entire stretch, and tons of people walking around. I’m not trying to say that’s a bad thing, but if you’re looking for a place where you have the whole beach to yourself, this ain’t it. When we were there, we split our time, half of it staying right on the beach, and the other half staying up on “the cliffs”, which is a stretch of rocky shoreline further along the highway. All of the hotels there still have access to the water and such, but the shoreline is all rocky cliffs (thus, the name) that are generally 10-20 feet high. So the hotels usually have some stairs built into the rocks, or little ladders to let you in the water. Those are actually fantastic choices if you’re looking for solitude. As an added bonus, you can find really great snorkeling and diving right outside of your hotel room. If you don’t actually require a sandy entrance to the water, I think I prefer it. Good times.
I’m rambling. Sorry. Back to this picture. As I mentioned, this was taken at the craft market. The craft market consists of a lot of little huts like these. At the time we were there, about a third of them were open for business, with people selling all the artsy and craftsy stuff that you’d expect (little figurines, cheap t-shirts, wooden carvings of Bob Marley, sunset paintings, etc). The backside of the market butts up against the beach, although it was a stretch of beach that nobody seemed to be using for anything (it was separated a bit from the stretch of hotels). The water was still awfully nice though. As with most of the pictures I got while down there, I used a polarizing filter for this shot, which is an absolute REQUIREMENT for taking pictures of the beach and the water. If you’re going somewhere beachy with pretty water like this, don’t hesitate, just go buy one, and thank me later.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 26mm.
Friday, June 25, 2010
So I realized yesterday that seeing an image taken in the middle of the winter may not be the most appropriate thing to post at the beginning of the summer, so I decided to send you all off to your weekend with a nice beach shot. That’s actually a totally garbage anecdote, I just needed a way to start off today’s post, other than just saying “Hello, everyone!” Hope you enjoyed it.
Yes, this is another shot from my Jamaican vacation a little while ago. I’ve still got a ton of pics left from that trip, but I’ve basically covered all the major themes. (I’ve got a beach shot, a beach shot with a boat, a sunset shot, a sunset shot with a boat.. you get the idea.) But, as long as I space them out a bit, I figure it’s ok.
Now, for the meaty part of the post. I believe I’ve mentioned at least once or twice before how useful a polarizing filter can be. (In fact, I think I said something along the lines of “If you go to the beach without one I’ll hunt you down and say derogatory things to you until your self-esteem is significantly worse than it was before.”) So it turns out that, while I was in Jamaica, I was playing around a bit with the video feature on my current SLR (Canon T1i), and I took a couple movies with the polarizer on there, so you can see what it actually does for you. It’s one thing to talk about it, but it’s another thing entirely to actually SEE it. In case you’ve never seen or used one before, a circular polarizer is a filter that you screw on to the front of your lens like any other filter. However, unlike most filters, it’s actually comprised of two pieces, such that the actual glass part of the filter can freely rotate on your lens, because the polarizer does different things depending on the angle of the light. In practice, this changes the effect of the filter from being almost negligible (well, it basically changes it just into a neutral density filter, which has the effect of just dimming the light, like sunglasses, without affecting the color at all) to being full-on polarized. Thus, when using one, you rotate the filter to get the effect you want, then you take the picture. So, in the video below, that’s what I was doing, just rotating the filter while recording the video. This doesn’t really require explanation if you actually watch the video, but watch what it does to the water, and you’ll understand why you should never go to the Caribbean without one.
Right, on that note.. Have a great weekend!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens with circular polarizer. 1/200s, f/9.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 50mm, cropped.
Friday, May 28, 2010
It seems like every other day I’m posting a sunset pic from my Jamaica trip. But I’ve got a lot of good ones, so I don’t know what else to do! This was taken from Negril Beach, which is at the very western end of the island. I.. umm.. don’t really know what else to say here.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/200s, f/8.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 300mm.