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

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/8.0

Doors and textures:

San Juan #2

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 640, 1/50, f/2.5

This is where I started touring the old fort:

San Juan #3

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/8.0

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

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/8.0

Looking through a cannon hole:

San Juan #5

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/160, f/14.0

Entrance into the fort:

San Juan #6

NIKON D700 @ 14mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/4.0

Inside the tunnels:

San Juan #7

NIKON D700 @ 14mm, ISO 800, 1/8, f/4.0

San Juan #8

NIKON D700 @ 14mm, ISO 320, 1/50, f/4.0

San Juan #9

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 800, 1/5, f/3.5

More textures:

San Juan #10

NIKON D700 @ 14mm, ISO 360, 1/50, f/8.0

The massive fort wall:

San Juan #11

NIKON D700 @ 18mm, ISO 200, 1/1000, f/7.1

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

San Juan #13

NIKON D700 @ 15mm, ISO 200, 1/500, f/10.0

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

San Juan #14

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/10.0

Cannonballs on display:

San Juan #15

NIKON D700 @ 15mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/10.0

San Juan through a window:

San Juan #16

NIKON D700 @ 20mm, ISO 200, 1/1250, f/8.0

San Juan #17

NIKON D700 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/640, f/8.0

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


  1. 1) WebMonster
    May 22, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Great! It seems like photos have some HDR effect?

    • May 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

      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…

      • 1.1.1) WebMonster
        May 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

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

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          May 23, 2010 at 11:54 pm

          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
    May 22, 2010 at 5:31 am

    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.

    • May 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

      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 :)

      • 2.1.1) Игонин Алексей
        May 23, 2010 at 1:43 am

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

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          May 23, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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

  3. 3) Dennis
    May 22, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Interesting, look forward to more.


  4. May 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Neat place! Good images!

  5. 5) Pasquier
    May 23, 2010 at 1:59 am

    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… :)

    • May 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

      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. 6) Arlan
    June 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    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?

    • June 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

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

  7. July 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

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

    • July 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      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 :)

      • July 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

        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… :-)

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          July 17, 2010 at 2:04 am

          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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