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Things You Might See if you Drive Around the Island | PHOTOS

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  • #1308

    Joe Stebbins

    It was a beautiful day yesterday so Peggy and I drove around the island and took a bunch of pictures. I’ll start posting them in about an hour.

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    #20612
    Jpep
    jpep
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    Joe,

    Great shot, love the composition, particularly how the boats still look like they are bucking the waves and wind. Nice sharp image. What lens are you using?

    Keep the pics coming! Thanks again.

    #20618

    Anonymous

    Thanks jpep – I used a Nikon 18-70MM, the lens that came with the D70. I stooped down and tilted the camera slightly to align the angle of the boats with the direction of the tree branches. The bows pointing up was just luck. 😀

    #20619

    Thank you Joe – 😎 very nice.

    More please…

    Kay

    :sun:

    :dancing:

    #20622

    Anonymous

    I know the thought of winter in the tropics sounds funny but there are many trees here that lose their leaves during the winter. This is about as close to a ‘winter’ scene as you will ever get here. 😉

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    There was a small bird – some kind of Heron, I think on the dock that could not be seen from that far away. Here’s a close up of the bird.

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    #20623
    Divnpaul
    divnpaul
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    Could that actually be a pelican?

    #20624

    Wonderful pictures!

    Yes, I think it looks like a pelican, too. Love it!

    Char

    #20625

    Anonymous

    This was near the Wreck of the Ten Sails. The rocky area in the foreground has an appearance similar to Hell but it is a lot more colorful and dramatic, plus you don’t have to share it with bus loads of cruise passengers. You can’t buy a T-Shirt here though. 😀

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    #20626
    Kurtis
    kurtis
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    That’s a remarkable photograph. The orange growths amongst the rocks look like they were hand painted with watercolors. Was the sun directly overhead? Did you use any filters?

    #20627

    Anonymous

    Thanks kurtis – The sun was close to directly overhead. I prefer shooting when there are more shadows and I have some shots with shadows taken later in the day at Rum Point. I’ll post those a little later. I stopped using filters when I switched to digital because I can apply them with Photoshop. I like to take as pure an image as possible and then apply the filter during cropping and color correction. In this case, I used an electronic filter that would be equivalent to adding a polarizer to reduce the glare from the reflection of the sun on the water. It also took away about 2 f-stops on the highlights so the sky appears darker than it actually was. I liked this effect though because it gave the clouds a little more depth.

    Photography purists would call this enhancing and altering the images, and I guess they are right. I call it saving a lot of time out in the hot sun changing and adjusting filters and polarizing lenses to achieve a result that can be obtained in a few seconds in Photoshop. It gives me more time to concentrate on camera settings, lighting and composition. 😀

    #20628
    Jpep
    jpep
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    Joe,

    More great shots. Thanks and keep them coming.

    Quote:

    I know the thought of winter in the tropics sounds funny but there are many trees here that lose their leaves during the winter. This is about as close to a ‘winter’ scene as you will ever get here.

    It sure does sound funny, since that doesn’t look like snow in that first picture. 😉

    I agree with Paul & Char, it does look like a pelican. Although I am not an ornithologist, it certainly is not a NY pigeon. 🙄

    Love the last shot, did you use a wide angle lens for that?

    Also, isn’t the Wreck of the Ten Sails right by Portofino?

    Thanks again Joe.

    #20629

    Anonymous

    Thanks jpep – I used a wide angle for the last shot, set as wide as possible. The 10 Sails Wreck is right in front of Portofino and I’ve got a lot of pictures of that. I’ll be doing a separate topic for Portofino after this. We stopped there and had their delicious Sunday brunch and I took a lot of pictures. 😀

    #20631

    Great pictures, Joe! But the wreck visible from Portofino is not the infamous Wreck of the 10 Sails, a wooden ship that sank in 1797. It is a freighter that broke up on the reef. Glad you made the trip around the island.

    #20632

    Anonymous

    Sue – This is from the CI Chamber of Commerce site:

    In 1794, a great maritime tragedy took place on the East End of Grand Cayman. “The Wreck of the Ten Sails” is still legendary on Grand Cayman, recalling the tragedy of the Cordelia, part of a convoy of merchant ships headed to Britain from Jamaica. Cordelia ran aground on the reef at the East End and frantically sent a signal to other ships to warn them off the dangerous coral. Sadly, the signal was misunderstood and, one by one, they all ran into the reef. Residents of East End were credited with their quick actions that left no life unsaved, an act that King George III later recognized. Various stories explain that King George III granted the islands freedom from conscription and other versions say that the king gave the islands freedom from taxation.

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    THE WRECK OF TEN SAILS

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    I took that exact same photo standing on the deck at Portofino. I’ll be posting it soon.

    #20635

    Anonymous

    This is the giant propeller that marks the lookout point for the Wreck of the Ten Sails.

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    A shady trail meanders for about 50 yards to the ocean.

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    There are more of those arid rocky areas that make for interesting pictures with the ocean in the background.

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    At the end there is a monument to the Wreck of the Ten Sails, with a brief description of the legend.

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    The monument provides a handy place to keep your camera steady if you didn’t bring a triod. I used a 300MM zoom for this and it was just barely enough to capture a sharp image of the wreckage.

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