The Streets of Old San Juan at night

Thoughts on reinvention from Amsterdam

Amsterdam took us into the second half of the European tour and was a return to one of the places I first worked on HDR. A great chance to think about reinventing the images with my current style.
Find out more about the tour at 80stays.treyratcliff.com

Daily Photo – The Streets of Old San Juan at night

I went out here with my friend Scott Jarvie for sunset and more… we had the best time roaming around the streets and seeing what we could find! I've heard this area could be a bit dangerous, but we certainly didn't see anything at all. Besides, Scott is a black belt with his witty responses, so no assailant would have ever stood a chance.

The Streets of Old San Juan at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-26 08:40:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Fortress from Above

Walking the Old Streets

I did a Live Facebook Show where I was walking around Old San Juan a bit… it’s embedded below!



Daily Photo – The Fortress from Above

I've been a fan of fortresses and castles ever since I was a kid. When I found out there was a big castle here just past the old-city, I had to go! And if you stay tuned for tomorrow's photo here on the blog, you'll see the Old City of San Juan at night… I walked over there after I took this photo. I think it's cool when two such diverse places are so close together.

The Fortress from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 18:01:53
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Above Puerto Rico

Pano Tip

This is made from a Phantom 4 Pro and about 5 different photos. I stitched them all together in Lightroom and then ran them through sweet sweet Aurora HDR to give it a little HDR love! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Above Puerto Rico

Here's the fortress in San Juan, which I never realized was practically an island. Or actually, it MIGHT be an island where you have to take a bridge. I should know these things. But I seem to remember being on a bridge… wait let me look at a map because now I am very curious. Oh yes, it is an island, as you can plainly see from this map. I took this photo just off the northern edge looking back to the southwest as the sun was setting. So what you're seeing here is the very tip of the island.

Above Puerto Rico

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 17:48:58
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Colorful Corner in Old San Juan

Go to Old San Juan!

Even though it’s my 2nd time in Puerto Rico, I never had the chance to go to this great old place in the city. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon and an evening… the food and drinks are amazing to grab in between photo shooting sessions!

Travel Photography Thoughts from San Juan

Here’s a little tip video I made while there. Now that you see the video, you might see me drop in a few more “detail” shots over coming weeks and years from this place.

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Daily Photo – A Colorful Corner in Old San Juan

I kept coming back to this corner again and again… one time I got here and there was this gal crossing the street in a shapely black dress, and I thought it made the scene so much more interesting.

A Colorful Corner in Old San Juan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 01:04:39
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Ye Olde Pirate Shippe

New Plotagraph Pro pricing

See today’s photo ? I also made an animated version that turned out great! You can see it over here on Facebook – it should auto-loop!

And if you go over to the Plotagraph Pro page you’ll see they have new pricing including a monthly plan. Give it a whirl… very fun! If you check my Instagram Feed you’ll see I’ve been posting a lot lately πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Ye Olde Pirate Shippe

On my last night in San Juan, I went around to do a little exploratory fun walk with my friend Scott Jarvie. After moving around and through the town, we ended out by the docks. How pretty eh? It was a nice and moody night with all the clouds that made it even more romantic. I mean, I love a good romantic night with Jarvie.

Ye Olde Pirate Shippe

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-26 09:02:48
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO800
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

New Highlight Video from San Juan!

We had an awesome time in San Juan. The beaches and hotel, like the rest of the trip, were great but in this location we had the added bonus of some historic architecture and an overall unique character for the whole place. Thank’s again to The Ritz-Carlton for making this all happen!

The Blue Cobblestone Streets of Old San Juan

San Juan Fun

The first time I went to San Juan was 20 years ago when we were connecting on the way to our honeymoon. I remember that we went to dinner at a chicken restaurant and it was next door to a cockfighting arena. We had some pockmarked chicken that night, but it sure was inexpensive. San Juan has changed a lot since then! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Blue Cobblestone Streets of Old San Juan

This was my first time to explore the old town part of San Juan and I wasn't disappointed. I also learned a thing or two! When the Spanish came over to start hauling gold away in their ships, then brought these blue cobblestones from Spain as ballast. So, upon arriving at the port of San Juan, they would dump all the blue cobblestone before filling up with gold. The locals would use all the pretty blue stone to pave the streets. Pretty nifty eh?

The Blue Cobblestone Streets of Old San Juan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 02:41:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/25
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length103.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Surfing in San Juan

Surfing Lessons

I have this great idea to go do surfing lessons with my son Ethan. I have lots of very bad ideas, but this one may be a good one. I’ll let you know how it goes. If it helps, my wife thinks it’s a good idea – and we don’t commonly agree on ideas! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Surfing in San Juan

Surfing at sunset here off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. That's not me by the way… that's Matt Martinez there – super nice guy. He saw I was taking photos as he leaving. He came up to my wife and I and said something radical then asked if we wanted to take photos of him. We said Sure! So he headed back into the waves as the sun was setting.

Surfing in San Juan

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-23 06:12:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length144.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Bravos Area

Towards sunset, we traveled over to the west side of the island to watch the sunset. We were in an area called “Bravos,” where all the gringos hang out and do all kinds of fun white things like badminton and not looting.

There were some very pretty houses over on this side of the island and there seemed to be a lot of renovation happening. It is starting to appear that people are finding out about how pretty Vieques is and it may turn into another St. Bart’s, in terms of escalating real estate prices.

Isla de Vieques

Spanish Fort

After making several wrong turns and going through a slum area where people scowled at me as I ripped through their shanty town with my sweet SUV, I finally found my way to an old Spanish fort that overlooked Isabella Secundo. I would have stayed up there longer and taken more pictures, but there was a Conquistador following me, trying to give me Legionnaire’s Disease.

(Picture quarantined.)

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