BVI – 5

Paddle boarding was something that I really wanted to try, especially since I had a GoPro with chest mount.

For those of you who haven’t tried to shoot with a GoPro before, it’s a very different experience compared to a traditional camera.  There’s no viewfinder or back screen so you can’t see what any of your shots look like.  You have to get used to the field of view, so you can anticipate what your photos will look like.  For the shot below, I tried several different angles to make sure I got something good.

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BVI – 4

While we were exploring Bitter End we found out that there was a boat ride over to  the baths.

The ride was about 20-30 min and on the way there I was able to get the photo below which shows some of the real-estate in the Virgin Islands.

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BVI – 2

As I said in my last post, the last ferry for the resort was quite late.   Even though we had a fun art exhibit to walk through and pass the time, it didn’t quite capture our interest for the entire wait.

Since we still had time to kill, my brother- and sister-in-law were quite willing to make some goofy silhouettes for me to capture against the purple shades of dusk.

For any sort of silhouette photos, my recommendation would by to switch your camera into manual mode.  Left in any of the other modes the camera’s sensors will generally try to compensate for the darkness by decreasing the shutter speed, and you will wind up with a blurry and too bright photo.

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Puerto Rico – 2

While we were exploring the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, and finding iguanas, I was able to get the photo below looking out towards the fort’s breakers.

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Photo Information

  • Date Taken: 3/17/2016, 12:02:15 PM
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Camera NIKON CORPORATION
  • Exposure: 1/1250 s at f/6.3
  • ISO: 200
  • Lens: 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 11.0 mm
  • Flash: Did not fire
  • Exposure Program: Aperture priority
  • Metering Mode: Center Weight

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Puerto Rico – 1

Going to try and get my blog going again.  I find winter makes it particularly difficult for me to feel motivated to take photos, but now that it’s “spring” again, I’m going to try to keeps the posts coming.  I also just got back from a vacation in Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands, so I have several travel photos to work through. Continue reading

Acadia – Whale Watching

On our third day in Acadia, we decided to check out Bar Harbor and take a whale watching tour instead of exploring more of the park.   Along with seeing some whales on the tour, we also saw several sea birds and what felt like hundreds of dolphins.

Since dolphins and whales can pop out of the water in unexpected locations, I chose to use a larger aperture which allows more of the frame to be in focus.  I paired this with manual mode instead of aperture priority, allowing for more consistently exposed shots that wouldn’t be affected by the water’s reflection.

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Photo Information

  • Date Taken: 08/29/2015 12:59:09
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Camera NIKON CORPORATION
  • Exposure: 1/2500 s at f/8.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Lens: 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
  • Focal Length: 230.0 mm
  • Flash: Did not fire
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Metering Mode: Manual

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Acadia – Cairn on the Rocks

As you may have seen, in last week’s Thunder Hole photo, there was a small cairn on top of one of the rocks.   As soon as I noticed it, I knew I wanted to take a photo showing the cairn overlooking the ocean.

This photo used the same ND filter I talked about last week which allows for a slow shutter speed and smooths the waves.

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Photo Information

  • Date Taken: 08/28/2015 10:12:52
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Camera NIKON CORPORATION
  • Exposure: 4.0 s at f/9.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Lens: 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 11.5 mm
  • Flash: Did not fire
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Metering Mode: Manual

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Acadia – Thunder Hole

The first big place we decided to explore  during our Acadia Vacation was Thunder Hole.   Since we weren’t really planning on it, we didn’t hit thunder hole at its best viewing time, but it was still fun exploring around the rocks and witnessing some minor gurgling.

I was able to get the photo below by putting on a 3 stop neutral density filter.  These filters allow you to take a picture at a much slower shutter speed, which, as you can see, smooths out anything that has movement in the frame.

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Photo Information

  • Date Taken: 08/28/2015 09:40:58
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Camera NIKON CORPORATION
  • Exposure: 4.0 s at f/9.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Lens: 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 11.0 mm
  • Flash: Did not fire
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Metering Mode: Manual

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Acadia – Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

My wife and I spent last Thursday to Sunday up in Acadia National Park.  She’s in the midst of switching jobs so the week in-between presented us with a nice excuse for a short vacation.  We stayed at the Clark Point Inn Bed and Breakfast in Southwest Harbor, which we partially picked for the food.  Seriously though, if you like food and find yourself in Acadia, you should stay there.

Anyways, Acadia is about a five and a half hour drive for us, so Thursday night we didn’t get a chance to do to much on the island.  However our B&B was about a five minute drive from the Bass Harbor Head Light, which is where I was able to get the shot below.

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Photo Information

  • Date Taken: 08/27/2015 18:18:34
  • Camera: NIKON D90
  • Camera NIKON CORPORATION
  • Exposure: 1/80 s at f/8.0
  • ISO: 200
  • Lens: 35.0 mm f/1.8
  • Focal Length: 35.0 mm
  • Flash: Did not fire
  • Exposure Program: Aperture priority
  • Metering Mode: Center Weight

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