This probably has it's roots in my film days when using Kodachrome 64 in the 135 format. With each roll of film I had 36 exposures and it was always my goal to create something great on each roll otherwise I had wasted a roll! So, that has been my yardstick--I would say to myself, if you can't create something great in 36 frames you might as well just hang-up your camera and take-up knitting or something! Just my way of pushing myself…
The following images are all from one of our Caribbean cruises where I sought to capture the beauty of the islands--using color, sometimes black & white, composition and detail…lots of detail.
The butterfly farms are always a challenge, because it's just like photographing flowers--you have the loss of depth of field as you go in close--but with the disadvantage that you can't be on a tripod dropping your shutter speed so you can really stop-down the lens. At least flowers stay put and don't fly away when you approach them!
|f5.6 @ 1/320 sec using 400 ISO|
|f11.0 @ 1/20 sec. using 800 ISO|
After they dragged me out of the warehouse I discovered some nice details on the outside of the old buildings, too!
On our way back to the "tourist-town", as I call it, we would always pass through the areas where the locals lived--what I've come to call colorful squalor--I usually manage to capture some striking images from our moving vehicle.
|f5.6 @ 1/640 sec. using 400 ISO|
Back on our ship for sail-away we head out to the next island and my next planned shore excursions…
See Part 2 next week for more of my favorite images in paradise. As usual, should you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Author: Jerry W Venz, Master Photographer, CPP
Training site: http://www.LightAtTheEdge.com
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