Thursday, June 30, 2011

All good things . . .

 . . . must come to an end.

Our last full day in St. Thomas, I find myself relaxed and a little sad.  We have had a great time yet again, I have lots of images to go over when I return home.  I should have several for my website once I have processed them in Adobe Lightroom.

Here is an early morning sunrise, not quite the dramatic one I captured several years ago but still very nice and serene feeling

St. Thomas sunrise
It has been a great two weeks of shooting, all of my equipment has done its job and I needed everything I brought.  Here is another early morning shot overloooking the city of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie
Thanks for following along and when on vacation enjoy shooting!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Weekend Photo Shoot -- The Virgin Islands

Well the vacation moves along, slowly at least.  We spent the weekend trying some new things in the Virgin Islands.  On Saturday we took a fast ferry from St. Thomas to Tortola, BVI.  Lots of fun skimming the waves and the trip takes less than 50 minutes.  Get yourself a passport stamp and head into another country.

First stop is the iconic BVI store, Pusser's.  Pusser's outpost and bar, along with Pusser's rum are well known across the Caribbean.

Pusser's Outpost
Quaint bar and shop, filled with nautical themed items and memorabilia.  Looks like a fun place to just hang out.  Tshirts, nautical clothing, rum, mugs, shot glasses . . . really gets you in the island mood.

Pusser's Pub

Road Town was very small and many shops were closed.  We were hoping for more to see and do but the time for our return trip was at hand so we came back home to St. Thomas.  One day we will revisit here and look for more things to see and do.

On Sunday we visited another new beach, Lindquist beach.  Beautiful water that was emerald green even though the day was mixed clouds, a little rain and some sun.  The Magens Bay authority now owns this beach and hopefully one day it will be like Magens, with facilities, parking and chair rentals.
Until then, you rough it on the sand, which is well worth it.

Lindquist Beach
Hope you had a great weekend, thanks for reading and keep on shooting!

Friday, June 24, 2011

How many beaches are there?

Well I began to wonder that myself as I checked off the beaches that we have been to on St. Thomas.  This however is one of our favorites if not at the top of the list.  Magens Bay beach is long, calm and beautiful.  A perfect place to hang out for a few hours or an entire day.

I wandered the park looking for a few good shots, here is an empty picnic table by the sea.  Lots of room to spread out and relax.

Table for two
The beach front, over a mile long gives some incredible wide view shots, as seen here.  My Nikon D700 and the Nikkor 24-70 lens, fitted with a Singh-Ray LB Color Combo polarizer really captured the clouds over the bright emerald green water.

Magens Bay beach
Well it was alot tougher shooting that it looks, the temps were in the low 90's with bright sun.  Sorry but someone has to do it!  Final count, we have been to seven different beaches on St. Thomas.  More to see and more to do, keep shooting!

Sunsets and relaxation

Our first really nice sunset of the trip was on Thursday evening.  What started out as a bland and hazy overcast, suddenly turned into a wonderful creamy orange sky.  I grabbed my Sigma DP2s knowing that the Foveon sensor would deliver the super color that I was seeing.

Orange sunset in St. Thomas
Hopefully this wont be the last nice sunset and I need to get up and moving some morning to go after some sunrise photos.  I also want to work on some new compositions in some familiar places.  We are going to visit Magens Bay today, this will give me chance to shoot some new images with my Nikon D700.

Until next time, keep shooting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's 87 degrees

And we love it.  What is 87 degrees?  Well a short time ago that was the water temperature at Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas, USVI.  What beautiful water and view across the water to St. John.
Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas, USVI

As far as this shot goes, I loved the way the tree frames the water with its gentle curves.  The water turns from a brownish green over top the grass beds to the beautiful emerald green and then the deep blue.

Sunny, hazy and hot so the water felt great.  Very nice beach, Sapphire, we had not been there before.  So far all my equipment is working great, the D700 is fantastic and the small point and shoot cameras are all working wonderfully.  Both my Think Tank bags are also doing their job

Until our next new beach, keep shooting

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Join us on St. John, USVI

What a fantastic day on St. John, USVI.  The water was perfect and the island as calm as always.  We really enjoy our time spent on St. John as it is so peaceful.  A brief rain shower as we walked down the jungle path to the little bridge that beckons you to shangri-la

Just a little further . . .

The Nikon D700 is performing flawlessly, I could not ask for anything more except better skills.  I hope to have some new shots fo my website, in the next two weeks.

Until next time, keep shooting

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Paradise found, two weeks in St. Thomas

I have been away from my blog for too long and now that I have a well deserved vacation, my family and I are back in the Virgin Islands.  Our two weeks here will refresh us and I hope will give me the chance to produce some great images once again.  St. Thomas is one of our favorite places to vacation and is a real treat to shoot with a camera.

So far the weather is beautiful, here is an early morning shot of the view from our balcony.

Water view from the Marriott
 Going to start our day with some shopping and hit the beach in the afternoon.  I will be updating this blog and adding images and new entries over the next two weeks so stay tuned.

At Morning Star beach in the afternoon, I had a chance to see and shoot the Skim Caribbean 2011 competition called Skim Slam, it was lots of fun.  Visit for more details, here is a shot of the competition.  For more shots of the competition visit:  Skim Slam 2011

Skim board competition at Morning Star beach sponsored by
Lots of fun and a great day on the beach, now where did I put the rum . . . button Promote Your Blog Follow on Buzz Blog ping service Dreamhost Promotional Codes

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