It all started with my flight from Denver to Atlanta, where only about 10 passengers in total boarded the plane. It was an early flight, but a very pleasant one, since I got to sit where I wanted and really enjoyed the flight in a very quiet environment. After arriving to the busiest airport in the world, I thought things would change, but they didn’t – only quarter of the plane to San Juan was occupied, which was once again very nice.
After the plane landed, I headed off to a shuttle that drove us from San Juan to El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, which took about an hour.
The resort looked beautiful and once I got off the bus, I took a picture of a fountain that was sitting right outside the main entrance to the lobby. I really wanted to test the sharpness of the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G, so I took a few shots at different apertures. This one was taken at f/8.0 and I highly recommend seeing the full version here (6.6 Mb).
Damn this lens, it is just too good of a lens when it comes to sharpness and colors. I screwed up a little by shooting at 1/25th of a second, which is why the tree leaves on the left look blurry.
Anyway, right after the check-in process, I left my luggage in the room and went out to take a couple of pictures before dinner. Captured the pools with the 24mm from the stairs:
Then a statue of a boy with a bird:
Another swimming pool:
And some flowers:
After the dinner reception, I headed out to the bay area to take some nighttime shots of the resort:
Nothing interesting here, but I still went ahead and posted the picture to show the wonderful star-shaped lights the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G produces. The lens is definitely a night photographer’s dream!
The Palomino Island that is located close to the resort has some stunning views. Unfortunately, we arrived there after sunset and there was not much to photograph.
How dark was it? The yellow color on the tree and sand is lamp light coming from the left side…
All three of the above images were shot with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G lens, hand-held. As you can see, it works very well for these types of shots.
I did not get a chance to photograph people, but managed to get this shot of a man making cigars:
The next two days were horrible in terms of weather, because it was rainy and windy. Waking up for sunrise was useless, because the clouds filled up the sky and did not let a single sun ray through. After seeing this through the balcony window, I would just go back to sleep in frustration. At times the sky cleared up temporarily and I would immediately grab the camera to capture more images like this one:
The above image was shot with the legendary Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G – another stellar, super-sharp Nikon lens, which I used a lot during the last day of the trip while visiting Old San Juan.
I also used the new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II + 1.7x TC to see how the combo performs for birding and macro. I was pleasantly surprised to see the results (more info here), although focusing was a little slower than what I am used to. I know, I am spoiled :) Here is a quick shot of flowers with the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G + TC-17e II:
Nothing interesting to post from the next two days due to bad weather, so Part II will be all about Old San Juan and the large fort the Spanish built to defend against British and Dutch armies.