I was driving today in the oppressive heat, and for some unknown reason it occurred to me to try a single exposure HDR from one of the night images I took in Puerto Rico a couple of years ago. This is strange because I don’t recall thinking about these at all for a couple of years. Does this sort of thing happen to anybody else? A sudden idea about a certain photo or photo in your archives? Anyhow, this is the Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Solstice, docked at Old Puerto Rico. My wife and I were on the ship next door, so to speak. The Solstice was lit up like a city, and I thought it was visually attractive. Having no tripod, I had to crank up the ISO and brace on a handrail if I recall correctly.
I posted another version of this photo quite awhile back, but this is the original HDR version, if that makes sense. I’d like to report that this is some historic little building, but in reality it is near the stingray attraction at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. This is a private island, owned by one of the major cruise lines. Someone put a lot of effort into the paint job, and my wife was quite taken with the structure. Once I saw that crazy tree (on the left) straight out of a Star Trek episode (“Metamorphosis”) , I liked it also. I half expected The Companion to come gliding around the bend for a conversation. Of course, if you don’t know what I’m talking about you are probably not a Trekkie.
Here’s a landscape without the land…I suppose that would make it a seascape. In any case, this was a sunset in open ocean somewhere in the vicinity of the Bahamas. I would have preferred a rocky seacoast, interesting island, tall sailing ship, or something similar for the foreground or mid-ground, but alas – none were available. This one had very little post processing, just level tweaks and a small saturation boost to the flat RAW file.
I stumbled upon this scene in St. Thomas. The word “Iguana” is derived from a Spanish form of the original Taino name for the species “Iwana”, which means “outlaw”. Ok, I made that last part up.