Wednesday was Barbados’ Independence day, which basically means no one can get married, and that I am able to give the team and myself a well deserved day off. This is always good news. Even better news was that our dear friends Mike and Jenny, who we met on our first ever contract with Colorbox aboard the Thomson Destiny, were in Barbados the same day as a port of call on their holiday cruise.
Mike and Jenny are awesome.
Jenny dances amazingly, and Mike is a fantastic singer. We were very lucky that they could make it to our wedding a year and a bit back, and Mike did us the honour of singing our first dance, along with a genius set. If you want to hear the dulcet tones, (which I strongly recommend) you can hear him here. 🙂 For an even further shameless plug, BOOK HIM IF YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED IN THE UK, HE IS AMAZING! 😉 (Cheques made payable to me please Mike)
Anyways, back to the fun events of Wednesday…So we were ridiculously fortunate that the guys’ visit coincided with an unheard of day off during the week, and even more so that we got a tiny spot of sunshine during the otherwise miserable weather we have been experiencing lately.
As is now customary, we took the guys up to the Animal Flower Cave for the amazing views. As we headed over, the short spell of sunshine was replaced with spitting rain. I suggested we head to Bathsheba. Luckily Jimbly insisted we head to the Cave, and I am so glad he did.
As we drove down the pot-hole ridden lane that leads to the amazing views, my heart skipped a beat as I saw what looked like a tornado skitting across the water out at sea. We bundled out of the car as quickly as we could – I ran ahead with the camera in hand whilst Sian scrabbled to get our long 70-200 lens out. It was awesome.
Later research proved that it was a water spout that we witnessed. It was remarkably hard to expose for the spout. As is often the way in photography, your eyes are so much better than even the mighty sensor of our wonderful D700. Looking out to sea, it was very obvious to the naked eye, but there was very little contrast in the skyline, and no amount of underexposure seemed to make the spout ‘pop’ as much as it did in real life. I was also greeted with an incredibly mucky sensor when I came to process these photos. No matter how careful we are with changing our lenses, out here where there is so much sand and wind, it is inevitable to get crap in your sensor…an occupational hazard I guess. 🙁
As such, the pictures are a little less sharp than I would normally like – This is a classic example of me out of my comfort zone! Low light is fine, harsh sunlight with lots of contrast, I can deal with…but flat skylines with little contrast in them are clearly an area I need to improve upon.
And unfortunately time was not on our side. As soon as I had popped off a few frames, the spout disappeared from the skyline, and a very hot and sticky sun reared it’s head back out for us. We were so very lucky to have seen the spout at all!
We had to get Mike and Jenny back to their ship before it sailed onto the next port without them, so we had just enough time for a group snap before jumping back into the car and heading for the port. This proved to be another wonderfully smug moment for me – always having the massive tripod in the boot paid off once again.
So a massive thanks to Jenny and Mike for making the 4000ish mile journey to come and see us – it was wonderful to see you both again, and as always seems to be the way, the fact we had visitors meant we saw another part of Barbados we otherwise wouldn’t have. I was also made privy to the fact that Mike’s mum is a reader of my blog too…which is massive news. This one’s for you Mike’s mum, thanks so much for reading – make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss anything, and thanks for giving us all such a lovely chap 😉