I’ve gotten to be friends with the family that my girlfriend lives with. Nadine and Jay. They are awesome people and have welcomed me into their home time and time again for delicious meals and captivating conversation. Last week I was over for dinner and Nadine started playing her piano so I grabbed my camera and made a few images!
I was so busy while I was in the Dominican Republic teaching my Adobe Lightroom Workshop, that I didn’t get to shoot very many pictures. But yesterday I discovered another compact flash card with images I had taken, but didn’t get a chance to offload them to my laptop right away and then forgot about them. So here they are! This last one is my breakfast, Salami and Mangu, one morning during the workshop!
Here are few more from Pinones in Puerto Rico! These next few are from a young mango grove. In the mud on the ground were thousands of small hermit crabs scurrying about. It looked the ground was moving!
I kind of like lizards. I had several when I was younger including 2 green iguanas. Alicia told me giant green iguanas were common throughout Puerto Rico so I made it a mission to find one and get a photo. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any, but I did get a few shots of other types of lizards! Please leave a comment if you know what kind they are!
Here are some more from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (You can see part 1 here). It’s a very photogenic area and I had a great time shooting. The kids come here to fly their kites! The sky is literally filled with kites! Very cool! One of the only downsides of Old San Juan, seems to be the parking situation. It’s very hard to find a spot on the narrow streets.
Old San Juan was definitely a highlight of my Puerto Rico trip. It’s a beautiful area with a very European charm. I’d like to live there for a few months to really give it a good thorough exploration! This is a 465-year-old neighborhood originally conceived as a military stronghold. Its 7-square-block area has evolved into a charming residential and commercial district. The streets here are paved with cobbles of adoquine, a blue stone cast from furnace slag; they were brought […]
As we roamed around outside of town near the beach (it’s an island, so there are a lot of beaches), we stopped at a roadside restaurant for some dinner. They fry almost everything. Pictured below is some of the food we ate. I can’t remember what it’s officially called. This is fried plantain with crapmeat inside. They said this was chicken on a stick, but I’m not sure… it might have been iguana.
Alicia Kidd Photography Workshops is both the brains and the brawn behind my recent Lightroom Workshops in Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. I was just there to preach what I know, while they organized everything and dealt with all the promotions and did all the actual work… Huge thanks to Alicia and her producing partner, Su-jeng Sang who is also her real life partner! They got engaged earlier this year and they are both amazing people and they make a […]
Here’s a shot from the balcony of the apartment we stayed in while we were in Santo Domingo. We were three blocks from the Malecon (the waterfront) and we were able to walk to great little venues for dinner! I didn’t have a tripod for this, so there’s a bit of motion blur… I need to get a tripod that is small and light for travel… anyone have suggestions?
When I’m giving a Lightroom Workshop, I definitely want to get my students out of the classroom and into the world to make images. I do this for two reasons: A) I want them to have fresh/exciting new stuff to import and process and B) even if you enjoy working on the computer, three straight days of sitting in a darkened room listening to me explain things is enough to put anyone into a vegetative state! So in Santa Domingo, […]
I’ve got lots of pictures from Puerto Rico to upload on the blog, but I definitely want to start with the pictures I took on my birthday! Alicia Kidd, a fantastic producer and photographer, was my fixer and translator for these! Thanks Alicia! One of my thoughts was that I have plenty of things in my life that make me happy so even though the tradition is to receive gifts on one’s birthday, I wanted to give something! I decided […]
I’m not the biggest fan of Seafood and expected Dominican food to be very seafood oriented… I was pleasantly surprised to find it is more based on tropical fruits such as plantains. This is my lunch during one of the workshop days. We brought our lunch back to the classroom to save time! Rice, Chicken, and PastelÃ³n de platano maduro (ripe plantain casserole). This is an appetizer, Dominica Quipe (arabian kibbeh, wheat and lamb, fried) This is Mofongo: fried plantain […]
I’ve been pretty busy preparing for my Lightroom Workshops and haven’t had time to post much lately. I made a short trip to Arkansas back in Feb. and found a little skate park and decided to do some night photography of the skater kids doing jumps and tricks. It was fun and the kids were working hard to show off for the camera. I shot these with 2 Canon Speedlights, a Canon wireless commander, and the assistance of my little […]
I just finished teaching a 3 day Adobe Lightroom workshop in the Dominican Republic. Now I’m in Puerto Rico to teach another 3 day workshop this weekend! It’s not too late to enroll! Anyway, my time in the Dominican was short and I wasn’t able to shoot much, but I snapped a few images from the passenger seat during one of my cab rides in the wild Dominican traffic. As is the case in many countries, stop signs are mostly […]