Getting educated in a tropical paradise

Since I'm "stuck" in medical school down here in Grenada, I thought I'd learn how to take better photos, to become an amateur photographer. I am slowly "learning the ropes" of compsition, and am beginning to understand more about my camera and how to use it to the best of its capabilities! I'm still learning so I've got a long way to go. Too bad this pesky med school business is in the way! ;)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Again, I just realized I haven't posted in over 2 weeks! My apologies to people who pass by my little blog. Things have been hectic as usual with medical school, and we have just finished yet another exam, thankfully this one course is over now because of it! Almost time to go home!!!! Anyhow, on to a few more pictures...

Here is another one from my point-n-shoot camera. A bunch of us went on a trip on a sailboat! We chartered a sailboat for 4 hours, and the owner of the boat took us around the west side of the island. So we got to see the main city of St. George's from the water (so that's what people on the cruise ships see...) as well as parts of the island I haven't even gotten to yet. I would love to be able to explore the island and take some pictures.

So the first picture is obviously of the sailboat, or rather the mast and the sail I suppose. I thought this would provide a nice idea of how tall this thing really was, since I was pretty much laying down on the boat shooting straight up. there is of course a little bit of parallax, but overall I think it was composed fairly well. The horizontal bars (for lack of a better word) form sort of a line for orientation, and the sail provides some contrast between it and the sky or mast. It gives me a good feeling, I can't explain what, but maybe my friend who's an expert on design and imaging can explain why, if he ever reads this page :)

The second photo is just of the boat, as it dropped us off just after sunset (which is about 6PM here), and is taking off to go back to the dock. This photo is from my dSLR in low lighting conditions but thanks to my 50mm lens I was at least able to capture it. It is in fact, blurry. But doesn't look too bad when shrunken down like this. I thought it was also fairly well composed. Maybe the top of the mast should have been included - but with a fixed lens, moving myself around to get the right shot is something I have to learn! Otherwise I think it captured the moment. It was dark on the beach, and very still - there was hardly any people and it was quiet, except for us watching the boat leave. I think I placed the boat in the right place to create a kind of negative space in the right hand side, creating some tension in the photo (I hope I used the terminology right haha). Anyways, again, I'm still learning, but am loving taking pictures.

I just hope when I go home that I'll be able to be just as creative with things I find there, because it's definitely not as beautiful as the island of Grenada!

First picture: Canon PowerShot SD400, F/3.2, 1/80 sec.
Second picture: Canon Digital Rebel XT, F/1.8, 1/8 sec., ISO 400

Friday, October 20, 2006

So...I haven't posted in a few days but I've been crazy busy with midterms. It's like a non-stop month of studying for midterms since I had one every week for the past 3 weeks!!! It's insane! Anyways, I've decided I should postt up another couple of pictures just in case anyone is actually reading this. :)

I took these at Grand Anse Beach which is supposedly one of the nicest beaches in the Caribbean. I haven't been anywhere in the Caribbean but here so I have nothing to compare it to but it is amazing. The sand is pristine and white, and the water. Oh man the water has amazing shades of blue sometimes! You kind of can't tell in these pictures, and I haven't been able to capture the colours correctly, but one day I will!

So these pictures obviously show a stump on the beach that I was trying to work with to get the right angles and to show off the great texture this thing has! So I tried to show the stump, all alone, on the beach. Even though there's about 10 people to each side of me. Just to have it as the sole focus of the picture.

Then I found a hole in the stump that I thought would be neat to shoot through, and above is the results of that picture.

I think I'm gettitng better though - I am taking pretty nice shots with a point-n-shoot digital camera! Imagine what I can do once I learn how to use my digital SLR camera to its full abilities!

Again - comments or critiques appreciated!

1st picture - Canon PowerShot SD400, F/7.1, 1/400 sec.
2nd picture - Canon PowerShot SD400, F/2.8, 1/640 sec.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

This picture was taken one day while walking back to my room. I ran to get my camera, and ran back out to see if I can snap the picture. The sun sets here everyday between 5:30-6:15 so you don't have much of a window to take a picture! Especially when you've studied all day and just want to go home and eat!

Anyways, so this is just a taste of the sunsets we see here everyday, to the point where most people don't even bother to stop and look anymore. The colours seen here doesn't do justice to actually being here and seeting the real thing. It is pretty amazing.

Essentially what I was trying to do in these pictures is capture the colours seen during the sunset here in Grenada. I'm not sure what else I want to demonstrate in these photos! Just the amazingness of the sunsets that I get to experience here everyday, and even though many of us complain about being on this island for months on end (it's not really all that it's cracked up to be, living in a tropical island that's a developing country), it is quite a beautiful island. That is, when I get a chance to actually look up from my books once in a while. :)

Again, any comments or critiques are appreciated and welcomed!

Sunset -
Digital Rebel XT, f/13, 1/800 sec, ISO 1600 (forgot to change the ISO setting...doh)
Sky During Sunset - Digital Rebel XT, f/20, 1/40 sec, ISO 400

Thursday, October 12, 2006

This marks the beginning of my so-called "journey" into photography here in Grenada. I had started reading books and stuff before on how to take pictures, and had been practicing earlier on, but I think this is one of my better photos that I have taken.

This was taken when I decided to take a break from studying. I feel that this is a fairly well composed photo, though as a friend pointed out, he's not sure what the focus is - the boat? Or where the lands juts out to the point? I have to master how to fix my shot so that it's not overexposed, since it's quite obvious that parts of it is overexposed! However, it was a very very sunny day (when it is not down here?) so I have yet to learn how to compensate for that. Anyways, it's peaceful, and tranquil, and it just makes me happy to see it. So I figure, if I feel happy about it, it should be a fairly well composed shot. So we'll see where we go from here!

I would love to hear from people on what they think of the photo! Comments, critiques, anything!

Canon Digital Rebel XT, f/16, 1/250, ISO 400.