Posts Tagged: Tropical

June 8, 2011 – Snorkeling at the Rockhouse

Snorkeling at the Rockhouse

Snorkeling at the Rockhouse

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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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.

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May 4, 2011 – Oahu’s North Shore

North Shore, Oahu

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Another one from Hawaii today, again from the North Shore of Oahu. I’m not sure what the name of this beach is (or if it even has a name), but it was along the road a little ways northeast of Sunset Beach. I stopped there to snap a couple pictures when I was on the way to pick up some breakfast. The clouds were rolling through all morning, so this particular shot doesn’t have quite the sunlight I was hoping for (and I had already spent more time than I had intended to here – so I didn’t want to wait another 5-10 minutes for the current cloud to pass me by). Also, it was a bit too early in the morning for the sun to be in quite the right spot.

Wait, back up a second, I should explain myself there. Most of the time, see, you get the best light for pictures either in the early morning or late afternoon. (Heard the phrase “golden hour”?) That’s because around noon and in the early afternoon, the sun just washes everything out, and you get flat colors and uninteresting shadows. Plus you can get a lot of haze and such which further drown out all the color. But, in my experience, that rule doesn’t apply when you’re taking pictures of tropical beaches. In fact, the opposite is often true. See, one of the things that’s so awesome about these places is the beautiful sand and the turquoise water. And, the best way (that I’ve found) to get that turquoise to really glow in your pictures is to have the sun shining right down on it, so that the light bounces off the sandy bottom and diffuses throughout. That, plus a polarizer filter, is how you get this kind of glow. So, the glow was kind of starting to come out here, but it was a bit too early yet for it to really shine (and, as I mentioned, the cloud that was halfway blocking the sun also didn’t help.)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/8.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 16mm.

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February 14, 2011 – St. Martin, seen from Pinel Island

St. Martin, seen from Pinel Island

St. Martin, seen from Pinel Island

Monday, February 14, 2011

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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.

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