A Window of Opportunity

When photographing various places and landscapes, I sometimes make a note of a location or a spot that I particularly like, so that I could come back and take pictures later. Often times you will find a really beautiful scene, but poor lighting conditions, bad timing, lack of proper equipment or other circumstances might prevent you from capturing the perfect shot. There are numerous locations that I saved as my “favorites”, which I try to go back to and recapture when I have a chance. Sometimes I come back with nothing, other times I might get lucky and come back with a picture I actually like. I might even visit the same place in different seasons to get a completely new look, like in this set of pictures.

Here is a picture of a cool-looking entrance at Castillo de San Cristóbal that I photographed in 2010:

Castillo de San Cristóbal - 2010

I happened to visit Puerto Rico again in 2011, so when doing some street photography in downtown San Juan, I went back to the same spot at Castillo de San Cristóbal and found both the door and window closed. Knowing that I already had a picture with both open, I took another shot at a similar angle:

Castillo de San Cristóbal - 2011

NIKON D700 + 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm, ISO 200, 1/100, f/10.0

I know that some of our readers will ask – but no, both images are not HDR. All I did was increase contrast and clarity, then changed camera profile to “Camera Vivid” in Lightroom. Some cropping was also applied to make sure that the images have a similar field of view.


  1. February 27, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Well done, history never repeats itself and you cannnot go home again…Spent my honeymoon in Puerto Rico, a long time ago, a paradise island well worth the visit, thanks for posting and for all your efforts for good photography, Peter

    • February 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Thanks Peter! Puerto Rico is a magical place. During my last trip I took a night kayak tour to the bioluminescent bay and it was absolutely stunning! Too bad the place is almost impossible to photograph, plus not very friendly for a DSLR camera :)

  2. 2) William Jones
    February 27, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I have a friend who’s mare dropped a foal last year. I visit his farm once a month to take pictures of the foal, and thereby track its growth and development. Can not always get the foal in the same spot, however it is still interesting to see the changes over time.

    The Biltmore estate is a good place to visit during different seasons. If I lived in the area, I would do a year-round pass, and visit for photo sessions every two weeks, to create a photo book.


  3. 3) Dev
    February 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Even I got a similar window of opportunity…..
    The second pic was taken 3 months later…..the kid grew up in 3 months :)


  4. 4) Roman
    February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

    You’ve been throwing those articles at us like candy lately, Nasim. Thank you. :) I love those two showts, they go nicely together as a diptych. Work on it some more and you may have something to put in a gallery!

  5. 5) Rajesh
    February 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Forgive me for being offtopic.
    I have a NIkonF801s and F100 and few lenses. I had done few exhibitions and that is why large size prints are very important, at least 30/20 inch or 30/40 inch. I do not make any money out of photography too, so I dont have that much to spend. Because quality is very important, and since shooting on film is so difficult, transparency roles are not even available, I have been thinking hard about buying a digital body. The D3′s or D4 is too much for me. The D800, with its resolution, looks perfect for me, but I am confused by all the comments about the performance at low light. I do take a lot of dance and other similar performances and low light quality is very important for me, just like the large print size.
    Please help me, do you think I will be disappointed with D800. As I mentioned, I do not make much money so it is impossible for me to upgrade to a diff body after a few years or so. So may be should I wait for an year or so?

  6. February 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Nasim
    Article and photography to post it for me used camera Digital
    Thank you for everything

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