Puerto Rico – Part 2

After a long delay, I’m now trying to sort through some of the images from San Juan. Although I only shot for a couple of hours, the day was just beautiful and opportunities for photography were limitless. Old San Juan is a beautiful place and I was amazed by its history, size, textures and colors.

As far as gear, I mainly shot with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and both turned out to be excellent for street and architectural photography. The body was my favorite Nikon D700.

Beautiful streets of Old San Juan:

San Juan #1

Doors and textures:

San Juan #2

This is where I started touring the old fort:

San Juan #3

There were lots of iguanas inside the fort. This one was even picked up by a local tourist, after which it posed for me for a second, then disappeared into a hole.

San Juan #4

Looking through a cannon hole:

San Juan #5

Entrance into the fort:

San Juan #6

Inside the tunnels:

San Juan #7

San Juan #8

San Juan #9

More textures:

San Juan #10

The massive fort wall:

San Juan #11

That overlook on the left side was used in World War II:

San Juan #13

A path to an outpost – only one person can fit:

San Juan #14

Cannonballs on display:

San Juan #15

San Juan through a window:

San Juan #16

San Juan #17

I have some more pictures of the fort, which I will post in San Juan – Part 3 tomorrow. Stay tuned!


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) WebMonster

    Great! It seems like photos have some HDR effect?

    • Nope, not a single HDR :) I didn’t have time to work on these images, so there is no post-processing on them whatsoever, besides basic import settings that I use for all images…

      • 5
        ) WebMonster

        Impressive! What are the basic import settings you use in LR?

        • WebMonster, I set camera profile to “Camera Standard”, White Balance “As Shot”, Contrast 25, Blacks 5, Clarity 40 and Saturation 15. Everything else is default values :)

  2. 2
    ) Tom

    Nasim – you make a comment, “The body was my favorite Nikon D700.” I would have thought that your Nikon D3s was your favorite camera body. Do you care to comment or shed insight on this? Thanks.

    • Tom, I have been shooting with the D700 ever since it came out and have only been using D3s for a month or so :)

      For travel photography, the Nikon D700 is still better, because it is much lighter without a grip and does not look scary in front of strangers or too expensive in front of thieves :)

      • 9
        ) Игонин Алексей

        А что, часто сталкивались с бандитами при съемке? Мне кажется они не слишком разборчивы. Тащат все что ни попадя.

        • Пока не сталкивался, но они очень даже разборчивы тут в США :)

  3. 6
    ) Dennis

    Interesting, look forward to more.

    Dennis

  4. Neat place! Good images!

  5. 8
    ) Pasquier

    Looks like a great place to visit, Nasim. Really like your “texture” images – am also attracted to these.
    Have to agree with you concerning the D700 – spectacular camera for such a compact body…… although I would love a D3S as well… :)

    • Thank you Pasquier! Yes, San Juan is definitely a great place to visit…

      Now in terms of D3s, although I do like the camera, it is only better than the D700 in ISOs higher than 800 by about 1-1.5 stops. For standard situations, the D700 still kicks butt :)

  6. 15
    ) Arlan

    Nice pics. Most of all I liked the lamp with the ground facture outgoing to black backgroung and the next one. I think that the next one would look more effective if there were some people. What about the cameras, I’m shooting on my D3000, D700 is steel my dream. Nasim, what apperture do you use, when you get pics of architecture?

    • Arlan, thank you for your feedback. I typically use apertures between f/8 and f/13 when shooting architecture.

  7. Great photos, folks! Reminds me of my own trip to PR, though I didn’t succeed at any photos I could be proud of…

    • Yevgeniy, thank you for your feedback! :) Did the weather not cooperate? It rained most of the time when I was there and the last day I just got lucky :)

      • Honestly, I love the rain/fog/snow since it adds the mood, so the rain wouldn’t hurt at all. It was freaking hot, up to the point when I was getting cranky in one hour being outside. Especially in the fort, where all the walls were radiating heat. After several days in PR I thought I’ll never go back. Now I am thinking of another trip. Go figure… :-)

        • Hehe, I know how you feel, I can’t imagine the heat in mid-summer there…probably feels like hell with all that humidity. Been in Florida twice this summer and it was really hot!

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