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Restaurant with SOME view…

This became a very special spot for me while visiting St. Lucia. Amazing view of the Pitons and the city of Soufriere, it was also the spot I realized I forgot my Gitzo tripod and Really Right Stuff Ballhead on the other side of the city in a scenic overview stop. Thats about a $1,000 hit to the P&L as they say in finance… so very calmly I described to John our tour guide that I needed to head back over and see if it was still there.  Back we went through the city, up some hills and curved roads to the spot where it was last scene, and lo and behold it was still there on the ground where I had left it. I chalk moments like that up to being so focused on shooting, I tend to forget about everything else around me (tripods, people, cliff edges…) 🙂

Enjoy this restaurant with a view… for the moments I had prior to realizing I lost my tripod, I sure soaked it in…

btw… finished this off using NIKs Color Efex pro… a little tonl contrast, contrast color range to pop the yellow and a smear of darken/lighten center which I’ve pretty much used on every picture I’ve ever shot. Must tell you, as a photographer… NIK does an outstanding job at allowing you to finish your image with flair. (And no they don’t sponsor me, I just really like their product!)

Hell in Paradise

This is a view of the British prison at the top of College Hill in St. Lucia. While the view is breathtaking, the thoughts of what it must have been like to be in this building are well… scary.  First of all, they dug the walls several feet down so you couldn’t really see much. Have to imagine the bugs and heat would drive you mad at some point. And the tight space… well if you’re claustrophobic, you ain’t making it in this place very long…

Truly love the history of this place and the back and forth between Britain and France to gain control of this fertile piece of land. Amazing stuff.

Rainforest Water

Quick shot using a Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density on a waterfall in the middle of the St. Lucia rainforest.  I love the effect the filter allows for- that smooth, milky flow… brings magic to the image. Water was a bit muddied because the Island had received so much rain. Was venturing to shoot some other waterfalls, much bigger than this one, but the rivers were pretty swollen… so, to avoid an ‘incident’, thought it better to try it ‘next time’ 🙂

Enjoy!

Rainforest Waterwall

One of the great things about exploring the rainforest in St. Lucia was that constant feeling of moisture in the air. You could feel it. It felt clean, and filled your lungs with a wet mixture of oxygen… felt great to inhale and breath deep. The added benefit was everything around you was well… wet. This wall of rock and ivy was just dripping wet and something about its sheen and the green of the living plants caught my eye. It’s a quick snap, but like some other pictures I’ve taken… there is just something in it that I really like… enjoy!

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, St. Lucia

A quick 5 frame HDR to capture the interior of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception located in the city of Castries in St. Lucia. You enter through massive wood doors and are treated to a very old-time Cathedral feel inside. The woodwork and statues are stunning, and you can’t help but tip-toe out of respect of those that erected such an amazing place. I am enthralled with old Cathedrals; their architecture, the people that so passionately pray within their walls and the incredible statues, and stained glass that surround you… this was a special one to visit and capture. If you venture to St. Lucia, be sure to stop in, its a place worth seeing.

The Barracks, St Lucia

St. Lucia has a rich history. The British and French fought over the Island like a ping-pong match. Seven times the Island changed ‘hands’ and each had an influence on the culture and architecture while they ruled. John, our guide from Serenity Tours took us up to the College in Castries where some original buildings from the colonial time period still stand. Amazingly, when you look at the buildings you can actually see the different styles of the French and British- a building would be started with brick (British) then it would switch to stone (French) back to brick (English) and so on and so on.

Turns out the still active volcano provided very fertile land to grow crops. Bananas are still the largest export of the country (all go to the UK interestingly enough)- so the colonial powers recognized this and went to war over it.

The shot below is of the British barracks located on the College campus. Was a really cool place to walk around. you could feel the sense of history and when you closed your eyes you could see the redcoats walking the grounds. History is great. Glad I was able to record some of its remnants for posterity.

Pitons, St. Lucia

Had some R&R in St. Lucia, but cannot go to such a beautiful place without my gear and arranging an all day tour of the Island. This shot is taken looking south-west, that’s the town of Soufriere (pronounced “Sue-Free”) sprawling to met the ocean while the mighty Pitons stand vigilant watch a little further south. The Pitons, and the whole region are actually remnants from a volcano that collapsed upon itself thousands of years ago, creating this incredible seen for us to behold today. The Pitons are straight out of Jurrassic Park, amazing t see this sheer walls rising from the ocean covered in palm tree and other local native plants.  Amazing scene and amazing place… will be posting some more shots next week.

For those of you that may be thinking about going to St. Lucia, I would highly recommend John at Serenity Tours. The images I am going to post would not have been possible without his guidance and assistance managing around the Island. He actually took us pretty deep into the rainforest for some river shots- it defied belief how alive and incredible it felt to stand there in the midst of so many living things. I rarely give out recommendations, but I feel I must given the great care John took to make sure I got incredible images of his home.