Alejandro and myself taking a well deserved time off to bond and just have fun. You're probably asking yourself: who took this picture? Well---the answer is, my wife Grisel. As you can see, she's got some skills! Enjoy!!!
Due to the unique proximity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with plane spotters. This is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flightpath just outside the end of the runway. Watching airliners pass over the beach is such a popular activity that daily arrivals and departures airline timetables are displayed on a board in most bars and restaurants on the beach, and the Sunset Bar and Grill has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport's control tower.
Sign warning passers-by about the risks of jet blast.
Arriving aircraft must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of Runway 10 due to the short runway length of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at minimal altitude.
There is a danger of people standing on the beach being blown into the water because of the jet blast from aircraft taking off from runway 10. The local government warns that closely approaching and departing aircraft can "result in serious injury and/or death". An additional fence has been added recently behind runway 10, in order to prevent people from hanging onto the main fence surrounding the runway to experience being blasted by the jet flow.
The beach itself is white sand and has little to no vegetation because of jet blast erosion. Enjoy!!!
The Plane...The Plane!
When photographing landscapes I'm always looking for that element that although is out of place, it makes a great addition to the composition. I tried to keep this one as minimalist as posible while creating balance throughout the entire frame.
Here's another shot of Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom. This is truly one magical place and structure. The amount of detail and the care taken to light the castle makes it the most recognizable landmark on Disney.
It's been a while since I did anything in black and white. I went down to The Slot diving spot in Guantánamo Bay and thought about doing a long exposure with a B+W 10 stop neutral density filter--- I was after the silky look of the water as well as the movement of the clouds.
When doing my post processing I did a conversion to black and white and also cropped the image so that the naturally ocurring "S" shape will be accentuated. I'm pretty happy about the results!
Drama at The Slot!
When visiting Disney we usually arrive when the parks open in the morning. We visit almost every corner there is to see, grab lunch and head back to the hotel to take a power nap---This is essential to recharge your batteries and head back out to appreciate the night life inside the parks.
Photographing at night is better because there is less guests visiting and walking around and potentially in front of your camera. It is also a great idea to use an extremely wide angle lens to be able to get really close to your subject.
For this shot I used my D700 with a Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 @ 14 mm to get really close and avoid any humans in the frame. It's also important to point out that when using such lens you have to be careful because they produce a lot of distortion. In this case, I like the effect created by the lens.
Rocking Roller Coaster
I've never done a mega post of pictures, so here I go!
While stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba I took my camera and took advantage of the opportunity and snapped pictures around the bay. I have to say that the skies over GTMO are pretty strange. Rarely you will see clouds and when present they will be pretty high up in the sky. Sunsets were for the most part boring but I did manage to took some amazing scenes.
Sunset at "The Slot"