JAMAICA

Beautiful images captured from my adventure in the Blue Mountains.

Where is it?

Remotely in the Blue Mountains, not too far away from the capital of Jamaica, Kingston 

What to expect?

This unique place is well hidden, no travel guide will inform you about this little place on earth. It's hard to get there but when travelers arrive in the village, they are warmly welcomed by the community.  You can stay overnight or just hang out for a few hours there, it is important to respect their religious rules regarding praying, church and gender roles while staying there. 

How to get there?

 

Take the public transport to Papine Square. You can get there with a minibus or just by taking a cab. From there ask for the next minibus to Redlight. From this small village in the blue mountains, you can either walk or (better option) take a cab. You need to point out that you want to go to the Rastafarian mountain village and the driver will drive as close as possible to the village, you will still end up to walk the last 25- 45 minutes straight up the hill, but it will be definitely worth it. 

 

When we arrived there, a traditional prayer service was just about to take place and we had the chance to experience this unique cultural event in person. 

 

How to take breathtaking pictures with your iPhone

I get many requests regarding the photography on my social feeds. So I just thought I its easier to see the process in a short video. The process for me is actually 30% preparation and 30% shooting and 40% editing. Getting the right background, lighting, angle and most important the STORY  is key for each picture.  

 

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Background 

The background determines if a picture comes out clear and structured or messy and poorly planned. Especially photography on social a media tends to work better with  a clear and minimalistic background.

Left picture: Good example for a background, one colour palette, and the object is the main focus of the picture.

Right picture:  Bad example, the background is very busy and distracts from the actual object.

 

Angle

Try always to be on the same level as your subject. If you shoot an animal go down on their eye level. Depending on what effect you want to create, shoot from below or above. Some of the best photographers roll on the floor to get the best shot. 

Image 1 and 2: Animals are captured quite well when lowering down on their eye level.

Image 3 and 4: Shot from low and high angle create completely different atmosphere in picture. 


Lighting 

Besides the angle, this is one of the most important factors for the composure of the picture.Using natural and use frontal light that reflects on the object, not behind. 

I captured the light in the photography below  from the right angle to let the person be more prominent in the picture  but at the same side being in complete alignment with the background and the nature surrounding him. 

 Image captured with an iPhone 7 for my photography account  @abp_magazine

Image captured with an iPhone 7 for my photography account @abp_magazine

 


 
Story 


The story doesn't always have to be that visible or spectacular. The beauty of photography is that everybody will find a different detail in the picture to adore, or to criticise. The story can be subtle like in the picture on the right.

Where is the story and what do you see in the picture? The movement of the pigeons, the girl feeding them in the background or the busy people walking by? 
You can see a more direct approach on the left. The objective is quite obvious: The blogger posing in an interesting travel location. Social media channels and a lot of bloggers tend to prefer the second variation.

HAVANA

Basketball is one of the hidden national sports in Cuba.  Almost every evening during the week, cuban basketball players are meeting up in the famous 23 y b in Havanna. The suburban area in Vedado can be reached by foot or with a maqina.  

When arriving at the court with the yellow grass, I saw a playground for children and two basketball courts. One court was filled with young teen boys, the other one was the men's area where the game was taken quite serious. 

Even though I was the only female in this space, it was one of the rare areas in Cuba where nobody tried to pick me  up or to catcall at me. The focus was on the game and besides the fun, welcoming and playful environment the attention was set on the court. I was happy to shoot in this great athmosphere and focus on capturing this energy this evening.