Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Welcome back everyone. Today’s shot takes us back to my honeymoon a few years ago, in (among other places) St. Thomas. St. Thomas is in the Caribbean, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, for those of you who need a quick geography refresher. This was the view at sunrise from our hotel complex. It was really hazy while we were there, which may very well be the way it usually is, I really have no idea. But, it made for these somewhat unexpected colors during sunrise and sunset, kind of cool.
I went back and forth for a little while about which picture I should post today, this one or a similar image, taken horizontally, which didn’t have nearly as much sky in it. In a lot of ways, that one is a better image, because this has all the interesting stuff way at the bottom, and just a bunch of dead space up top. Except that it’s not quite dead space. It’s got that huge color gradient, from yellow to deep navy blue. The other one cut off right where the yellow turned into the mud brown. So in the end I went with this one, since it was the amazing color that made me want to take the picture in the first place.
Be sure to check back tomorrow, because I’m going to post another picture of… actually, I have no idea, but I’m sure it’ll be utterly fascinating. See you then!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 30mm.
Friday, October 23, 2009
These are some flowers that I saw while on my honeymoon a few years back. We were in St. Thomas at the time, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. There’s a huge number of really pretty flowers down there that you won’t see anywhere else. Wait, let me rephrase that. There’s a huge number of flowers down there that *I* won’t see anywhere else. They may very well exist in lots of other places, but they sure as heck don’t exist up here in the Pacific northwest. And I don’t go anywhere, ever. I go days at a time without going outside.
Right, as I was saying. Lots of flowers down there. Pretty ones too. I’d love to go back down there just for that reason alone, much less all of the, you know, other reasons for going to the Caribbean. (I’ve heard there’s a few…) My ham-fisted internet searches led me to believe that these are called “frangipani”, so I’d put the likelihood at around 50-50 that that’s indeed what they are. But we’re going to go with it.
Now, I should probably say something interesting about this picture, right? How about this: it looks like it’s taken like any other flower picture, using a macro-ish lens, from really close up, right? Nope. It was taken with a big ole’ telephoto lens, since I was standing on the patio at our hotel, and the tree with the flowers was down below me. Yeeeeeaaaah, that’s interesting. You don’t even KNOW how interesting that is, that’s how interesting it is.
Have a great weekend everyone, try not to break the little tips off your shoelaces.
Details: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/250s, f6.3, ISO 400. Focal length 248 mm.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Eeeeeguana. Saw this little guy on my honeymoon. I can’t remember how much of the itinerary I’ve already gone over, so here’s a quick summary: first we took a weeklong cruise out of Puerto Rico, we stopped in Aruba, Curacao, St. Martin, and St. Thomas. Then, we got off the boat in St. Thomas (and missed the last night as the boat returned to Puerto Rico), and stayed there for 4 more nights. We stayed right near Coral World and Coki Beach, both of which are totally worth checking out if you’re in the area. Great snorkeling, all that. And Iguanas. Iguanas are easy to take pictures of, they don’t move much. And that’s all I’ve got to say today.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 200. Focal length: 300mm.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Today’s picture is a view from Pinel Island, which is a tiny little offshoot of St. Martin/St. Maarten, in the Caribbean. Julie and I were there as part of our honeymoon several years ago. This has already been covered.
Some of you may know my cousin Deanne. (Marrano, soon to be Mroz.) She is a very talented artist, who also happens to be the one who convinced me to make my own fan page for my photos. Recently, she decided to start using some of my pics as the basis for some paintings. In particular, she is painting this picture for one of her friends. One really cool thing she does is take time-lapse videos of the painting process, so us non-artistic types can see what actually goes in to a painting. Here’s a link to her Facebook page, with the most recent video:
Also, here’s a link to her actual blog, although it looks like she hasn’t posted the most recent video there yet:
(here’s a link to an actual entry about this picture: http://theprittefulpalette.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/its-been-a-while/ )
So, there it is! Enjoy the video and the picture, and have decent weekend! (I wished you all a “great” weekend the last few weeks, so I’m going to save it up a bit this week so that your next weekend can be **fantastic**.)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 30mm.
June 2, 2009
Hey look, an ostrich.
This is another picture from my honeymoon. When our cruise stopped in Aruba, we chose a bus tour as our shore excursion of the day. And one of the stops was an ostrich farm. I mean, sure, why the hell not? That’s totally what everyone thinks of when they think of Aruba, right? Ostriches.
I’m pretty sure it was just some dude that had an ostrich farm, and a tour company that needed a third stop to round out their itinerary. Put em together, and… umm… Okay then.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/320s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 218 mm.