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I think it’s really cheeseball when you see some amazingly awesome landscape photo with some person wearing horribly outdated clothes right there in the mix.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.
Thursday, May 28, 2009.
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This is Yellow Beach. It’s on Pinel Island, which is a tiny little dot of land just off the coast of St. Martin/St. Maarten. (I mean, it’s literally a few hundred yards off the coast.) St. Martin is an island in the Caribbean that’s owned half by the French (who call it St. Martin), and half by the Dutch (who call it St. Maarten). For the most part, this doesn’t really affect the lives of the locals too much, but according to our tour guide, there is an occasional inconvenience. For example: from the French half of the island, it’s cheaper to call mainland France than it is to call the Dutch half of the island. Huh, weird.
Julie and I were here on our honeymoon. We spent the first week or so on a Caribbean cruise, then we got off the boat in St. Thomas (U.S. owned), which was the last port call before the boat returned to Puerto Rico, and we spent several more nights there. We ended up on Yellow Beach as part of a snorkeling tour / bus trip around the island. The snorkeling from here was no better than “decent”, but any day spent on the beach is fantastic, so all in all it was a great time.
Map for this one: http://tinyurl.com/l52hrc
I was able to get pretty exact with the location on this one, google had some great satellite images.
I found some guy who also made it out to Pinel island. Here’s his blog. But he doesn’t like Bud Light, at least not as much as I do.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 21 mm.