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Around the world 1/125 of a second at a time.

Jim Rankin – Reporter Photographer

Being March Break and all, thought it’d be a good time to show you what photographers do when on vacation. Yeah, we shoot. 

My better half and I have just returned from two weeks in Belize, where we beached ourselves, ate well, read lots and snapped away. The better half, a darn good shooter in her own right, she went armed with a Nikon D90 and a couple of lenses. I decided not to bring the big gear with me. Instead, I packed a newly bought Canon G11 point-and-shoot and underwater housing, good to deeper than 100 feet. Not that I dive, or anything. But we did spend a day snorkeling along the Belize Barrier Reef and also killed a hot afternoon tubing down rapids in inner tubes. I’m a Nikon guy, but I have to say the little Canon is a keeper.

 A school of fish at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, off Ambergis Caye. You’d think I would remember the species, but, no. Tech specs: Lens (mm): 6.1; ISO: 80; Aperture: 2.8; Shutter: 1/640; Exp. Comp.: 0.0

 The camera has a preset white balance for underwater shooting, but you can see that the deeper one shoots, blue hues become stronger. Lens (mm): 6.8; ISO: 80; Aperture: 2.8; Shutter: 1/200

And now, some snaps from holidays past. Most of these were taken with pro NIKON DSLR gear.

Mud-caked bathers at the Dead Sea, Israel, 2006. 

Bedouin tea at Wadi Rum, Jordan. This one was shot handheld in 2006 with a Nikon D2H, Lens (mm): 14; ISO: 800; Aperture: 3.2; Shutter: ¼ sec. Note the noise! 

Back of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, 2005. Shot with a Coolpix 5000. 

 Just married, Paris, 2005.

 Taking a nap along the Thames, perhaps after a few pints at lunch, London, 2007.

 Potty training at Jesuit centre for families, Quito, Ecuador, 1991.

 Shoeshine boys, Quito, Ecuador, 1991.

 Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, 1991.

 Sunrise above the clouds, Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador, 1991.

 Alberta road block, 2002.

 Charles, a silverback mountain gorilla, Rwanda, 2009. This was shot with a D2X; Lens (mm): 200; ISO: 400; Aperture: 4; Shutter: 1/180. I was standing about 5 metres from Charles.

Intore dancer, Rwanda, 2009.

 Women react to a roadside comedy skit, Rwanda, 2009.

 Football supporters, Kigali, Rwanda, 2009.

 Journalism students on a road trip, Rwanda, 2009.

 Capuchin monkey, Montezuma, Costa Rica, 2007.

For a final frame, something from a wonderful sun-bathed September in Provence.

 Roussillon, France, 2007.



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Hey Jim..... cool travels and even cooler pics.....thanks for adding speeds and apertures on some...it helps me in my quest to better myself....lol...

So go figure your mom sent me this..... and I will thank her deeply....I hope to see you guys when you come up to the Bay.


Marty L.

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

I thought you guys like to take a break? (http://thestar.blogs.com/photoblog/2009/11/taking-a-break.html) haha ;)

Nice vacation pictures

Really cool picture and emotions depicted by your pictures. Do visit the Belize Barrier Reef which in its own is elegant and massive. I have explored the adventurous Belize Barrier Reef. It was the most enchanting experience i had in my life.

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