Today was too good to pass up the opportunity to photograph the rain to help prove that it sometimes rains needles and pins. I used a tripod to hold the camera and a mango tree was positioned at the back of the rain. The photo was shot on location in Trinidad and Tobago using a Pentax K-7 fitted with a Pentax 50-200mm zoom lens at 1/80s and f6.3.
- Pins and Needles (hawkruh1.wordpress.com)
- How to Remove Pin Bones from Fish Fillets (thekitchn.com)
- Pentax K-30 official, resists rain, dust and temp extremes (electronista.com)
I love looking at live streaming webcams from all over the world and one I frequently visit is the Abbey Road Crossing webcam in London - I visited Abbey Road last year August but more about that in a later blog post. I was thinking that there should be live, 24-hour streaming, tourism related webcams for Trinidad and Tobago which will go a long way in promoting tourism in the country. Examples of good webcam locations would be Maracas Bay, Mayaro beach, Frederick Street, The Croisee in San Junan, Curepe Junction, somewhere in San Fernando, Fort George Trinidad, Store Bay, Fort George Tobago, Piccadilly Street Trinidad and Duncan Street.With all the reports of crime in the media the Ministry of Tourism should not be afraid to show to the world what Trinidad and Tobago is really like 24-7. Show the potential tourists we have nothing to hide and that 98.97% of the time they will not see any crime being committed. This will boost potential visitor confidence internationally and will do more for the country’s economy than any press release by any Government authority or even the Minister of Finance.
There are a few webcams operating for years in the Trinidad and the best are from Ultimate Solutions who decided to place mainly traffic related webcams at strategic locations and make them available to the public as good advertisement for their business. They also placed one at Maracas Bay and that can be considered a tourism related streaming webcam. There is another one in a street in Port of Spain which looks static some of the time because it can be a quiet street.
Only last week I tried the “Interval Shooting” feature on the Pentax K-7. I mounted the camera on a tripod, left the focus on manual, and set the interval time for 1 minute. I set the amount of images to 11 and used Adobe Image Ready 7.0 to produce the GIF using 9 of the shots captured. Image Ready was also used to reduced the size of the final GIF.
I don’t have much time for blogging these days because I am very busy with house repairs and hard-to-avoid cousins vacationing in Trinidad. However, those who keep track of mayarobeach.com must have noticed two Trinidad Carnival 2012 photo albums. Taking photographs during Carnival Monday and Tuesday has always been fun and difficult with the biggest challenges being thick crowds, midday sun and the price of beer. Because of a reduction in my Carnival inspiration this year and being followed by irritating cousins, I took less photos. Nevertheless, here are the links to the two Trinidad Carnival 2012 photo albums. One is iPad friendly and one is not.
I suppose it is only the well trained observer who can see how much Carnival has changed over the years.
- Hungarians go crazy over T&T Carnival (repeatingislands.com)
- Carnival in Trinidad: A Spectator’s Report with Photo Gallery (repeatingislands.com)
The thing that separates humans from the rest of the animal world is our ability to be creative. To express our creativity and to appreciate or drool over the the creativity of others are natural human tendencies. However, to deny these tendencies make life less fulfilling. Maybe the best authors can do the picture above justice with their words but for any man, the picture says almost enough.
Here is another photo-project which I am calling “Trini Christmas.” I will start with a few photos and as I find more time I will take and post more shots. The photos shown are some of what I observed during this Christmas season. Christmas in Trinidad has a high content of foreign decorations, foreign movies and local pigs. None of this is a criticism since nearly everybody is happy with what we do during the Christmas season with the one exception being dying and killing with drinking and driving. Local Christmas music is mainly the Spanish influenced Parang, White Christmas and Scrunter wanting A Piece of Pork for the Christmas. Sorrel is the most popular drink in Trinidad and Tobago at Christmas time after Scotch and coconut water. Sorrel drink is made from the fleshy red calyx of the hibiscus sabdariffa (ttltt.com). Ginger beer is popular but not something I am fond off so I will not try to big it up via blog.
There are several new trends developing over the years in Trinidad and Tobago for the Christmas Season such as avoiding the malls and streets and instead depending on Amazon and skybox addresses for everything from books to underwear for that special someone. There are now a number of these skybox services available in Trinidad and Tobago, services that can easily frustrate customers with unreliable delivery during this season of buying affection with credit cards.
The best way to describe the weather in Trinidad in December is tropically cool. Only last week I heard thunder then got soaked but generally the skies are sometimes blue and even bluer if a polarizing filter is used – no Photoshop is necessary for the season.
Christmas time is the best time of the year in TnT for those who have some money. Even if a person fell through the cracks and was never able to make any money because they lacked the skills and health necessary to get a job and live like people, there might be short-term charity made available by the rich and the Government. Nobody wants to be poor and in an attempt to combat poverty and unhappiness some public servants, politicians, and contractors team up to dabble in the corruption field at the expense of even those who don’t have any money.