The day spent in Nassau, Bahamas, was a full and fabulous one! The sunrise over the city was a phenomenal one, and I was grateful for good foreground subject matter. I was also able to use a tripod for the first time on the trip because we had docked during the night and the ship was as motionless as a boulder.
The beginning part of the day was spent teaching CEF Bible clubs in various schools on the island. I will have to blog about that later, but it was definitely the most fulfilling part of the whole trip. Afterwards, we were invited to an authentic Bahamian lunch provided by one of the local churches. It was such a blessing to not be the typical tourist and separate from the crowds and glamor to see what the Bahamas as they really are.
That afternoon, I went hiking along Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island taking pictures and enjoying the pristine beauty and sunny weather! It was a lot of fun, but during this afternoon photo-shoot I was keenly reminded of an important fact about landscape photography that one must never forget: it takes work to create landscape photos; they don’t just happen by themselves. Even in this iconic setting, a wonderland celebrated worldwide, a dynamic landscape photo doesn’t happen by itself. The experience of being in the Bahamas is just that: an experience that is more felt and heard than it is visually perceived. In two hours of hiking along the beach, I found only one palm tree that was actually close enough to the shore to actually work in a photograph. The beaches were beautiful, the tropical plants attractive, the water as clear as crystal and colorful as emerald; but putting all these together in one visual composition to depict what I physically felt was almost entirely impossible! Landscape photography is an incredible challenge. And perhaps that’s what keeps us shooting.