USVI photo contest features St. John

A quartet of photographs focused on St. John are included in the finalists of the Department of Tourism’s “Share my USVI” competition.  DOT says it fielded more than a thousand submissions from locals, vying to take top prize of $2,000 and a new digital camera,.

EtreThe contest invited pictures from locals only.  They were grouped among five themes: Visiting for Business, Romance, From My View, Culture and Heritage and Activities and Adventures

 Lisa Etre, one of St. John’s best known painters showed she has multiple talents, by submitting “Keepin’ de Beat.” It is one of three finalists in the Culture and Heritage category. 

A photo of one of St. John’s beaches is also up for voting.  I Like My Tour Under water Please was taken by Max Schanfarber for From my View.

In the children’s competition, two St. John pictures are including in the final voting.  They include a picture of Bannaquits at feeding time (whenever you put sugar into a coconut) and a portrait of a man sitting on the porch of an abandoned Maho Bay building.

The photos can be seen at www.sharemyusvi.com.

Making a splash at Trunk Bay

While spring is taking its sweet, sweet time arriving on the east coast, Gerald Singer says the weather’s fine at Trunk Bay.

The author of several St. John guide books blogged that the waters around the island are now fine, too. To prove he wasn't dreaming he was at Trunk Bay, before the tourists
arrived, he posted this video (and cool music) on YouTube.

As an official baby when it comes to complaining about cold water temperature, at least for swimming, I hereby declare the beaches of St. John to be warm enough to enjoy a little soak now and then.  (via Singer's St. John Life blog)


Cruz Bay in Hi-Def

I’m always on the lookout for great photos of the island.  Came across this one from TrevinC, an experienced photographer in Seattle, Wa.  Odds are you have never seen a photo as vibrant and rich. 

Trevin used a technique called high dynamic range imaging (HDR).  There are more on his Virgin Islands Flickr page

The photo is actually a composite of a number of images of the scene, but which were exposed at different speeds and aperture settings.  You can forget about the technique – just enjoy the results.