Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/8 sec @ f/2.8 (iso 1250)
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/8 sec @ f/2.8 (iso 1250)

Every year in February we treat ourselves to a holiday in Curaçao, to get away from the dreary grey winter days in The Netherlands. It is a luxury that we feel very grateful to be able to afford, and we enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and constant high temperatures a lot. We mainly come here to relax, rest and snorkel, but I try to do some exploring too. However in our first few days we have no car available. We basically don’t need it as we walk to the beach for swimming and eating, and we don’t feel like doing anything else until the second week. This means that for my exploring I am restricted to the area around our apartment. There is not a lot of green landscape (where I am most comfortable shooting), if there are any plants they are small and covered with thorns, except for the palm trees and flowers on the resorts. But I still managed to take a decent amount of photos that I am quite happy with. I decided to do one post with all my favourites from the first 5 days of our stay, and not split it up. That means a picture heavy post, but I think it gives a nice overview.

Most of the time I try to go out and about before sunrise. When there aren’t too many clouds the light is wonderful at that time no matter where you are, but the Caribbean light is just a bit extra special 🙂 . So here are some ocean views at dawn:

Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/250 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 800)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/250 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 800)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/350 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 800)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/350 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 800)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/60 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 800)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/60 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 800)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/45 sec @ f/5.6 (iso 500)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/45 sec @ f/5.6 (iso 500)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/180 sec @ f/4.0 (iso 200)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/180 sec @ f/4.0 (iso 200)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/90 sec @ f/5.6 (iso 200)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/90 sec @ f/5.6 (iso 200)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/180 sec @ f/3.4
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/180 sec @ f/3.4
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/180 sec @ f/9.5
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/180 sec @ f/9.5

The water can be quite rough some times, and I spent a lot of time trying to catch the right moment with the waves hitting the shore. Not only at sunrise, but also midday:

Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/750 sec @ f/5.6 (iso 800)
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/750 sec @ f/5.6 (iso 800)
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/1000 sec @ f/6.8
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/1000 sec @ f/6.8

Some colourful flowers that decorate our resort:

Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/180 sec @ f/2.8
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/180 sec @ f/2.8
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/350 sec @ f/2.8 (iso 3200)
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/350 sec @ f/2.8 (iso 3200)
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/250 sec @ f/2.8 (iso 3200)
Tele-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/250 sec @ f/2.8 (iso 3200)
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/500 sec @ f/2.0
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/500 sec @ f/2.0

Although there is not real woodland, I found a hiking route with some trees with green leaves. As you can imagine it’s all very dry, but it has its own charm. And no surprise, this path again leads to the ocean…

Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/250 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 400)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/250 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 400)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/750 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 400)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/750 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 400)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/750 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 400)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/750 sec @ f/2.0 (iso 400)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/25 sec @ f/16
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/25 sec @ f/16
Jupiter 8 1:2/50mm; 1/125 sec @ f/8.0
Jupiter 8 1:2/50mm; 1/125 sec @ f/8.0
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/250 sec @ f/4.8
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/250 sec @ f/4.8

Of course, when at Curaçao you inevitably run into Iguana’s. So I couldn’t resist including a couple of shots of them too. There was nice group gathered at a rocky wall at the beach. They seemed a nice bunch of animals, until one of them decided to check me out. I was sitting down on my bum in the sand, and when the iguana came walking between my legs I decided that more intimacy was unwelcome from my side, so that is where the photoshoot ended 🙂 .

Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/500 sec @ f/11
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/500 sec @ f/11
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/1500 sec @ f/2.8
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/1500 sec @ f/2.8
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/180 sec @ f/11
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/180 sec @ f/11
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/350 sec @ f/11
Leica T-Elmarit 1:2.8/90mm; 1/350 sec @ f/11
Canon G7 X @8.8mm; 1/1250 sec @ f/4.0 (automatic)
Canon G7 X @8.8mm; 1/1250 sec @ f/4.0 (automatic)
Canon G7 X @8.8mm; 1/1250 sec @ f/4.5 (automatic)
Canon G7 X @8.8mm; 1/1250 sec @ f/4.5 (automatic)

Finishing the day at the beach is also a treat. Everyday we watch the sun go down from a bar or beach cafe, mostly with a nice cocktail in our hands 🙂

Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/125 sec @ f/9.5
Summicron M 1:2/35mm ASPH; 1/125 sec @ f/9.5
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/90 sec @ f/1.4 (iso 500)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1/90 sec @ f/1.4 (iso 500)

And finally a night shot from our balcony. It was very cloudy, so my plan to shoot stars didn’t work out. But I think this is just as well, as the clouds add some nice drama. It was a balancing act, there was a lot of wind so the moon disappeared behind the clouds every other second or so. Noise-wise I would have preferred lower iso and longer exposure, but then the moon would not be in the photo.

Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1 sec @ f/4.0 (iso 1000)
Summilux 1:1.4/50mm; 1 sec @ f/4.0 (iso 1000)

We will hang around here for a bit longer, but I hope you enjoyed the photos so far. Thanks for reading!

 

4 thoughts on “The Colors Of Curaçao

  1. Great Images! That’s a great family tradition. We try to get to the beaches of Florida every year for a little relaxation. I say relaxation, but like you, I am up before sunrise getting in position to catch that early light. You got me looking forward for our next beach adventure. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to view my post. I do feel blessed being able to have a little paradise-holiday.

  2. Here in Southern England I look out of my window, then I look at your photos….
    I feel nothing but jealousy! To quote George V, if out of context, Bugger Bognor!
    Have a great holiday. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Ray, I had to look that up 🙂 I can imagine you being jealous, as it is like paradise up here. But there are plenty times I wish I lived in England, as I much prefer your countryside to The Netherlands. I guess there is always a reason for wanting to be somewhere else (exept for the one week per year that I go to Curaçao 😉 ).

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