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My ‘For Dummies’ Guide to Taking Pictures in Old San Juan

My ‘For Dummies’ Guide to Taking Pictures in Old San Juan

I am not a photographer. I’ve loved taking pictures for as long as I can remember, though. Some of them, I’m told, are even pretty good. But unlike my brother Patrick, whose photo essays of New York Carnival, Fort-de-France and people watching planes in St. Maarten are some of my favorite posts we’ve run, I’m no photo pro. This, of course, is another reason why I love Old San Juan.

The ancient city is so beautiful in so many different ways that it’s almost impossible not to come away with at least a few treasured snapshots. I have a ton of pics captured in normal auto settings from my many trips to the city through the years, but this time I decided to try something a little different. I used the pin hole art setting on my new Olympus Pen E-P1 camera to add an even more pronounced antique look. (BTW, I shot this month’s Moment of Zen video with the same camera.)

I’m sure it’s the kind of thing that would make real photo experts “shutter” (pun intended), but I think this particular art setting adds a depth and emotion to some of these shots that a novice like me would be hard-pressed to create without it.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos. You can click on the thumbnails to view enlarged versions of each one. Leave a comment and let me know what you think…

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  • Rebecca

    Awesome pictures, especially the Paso. What kind of camera did you use? Just kidding 🙂

    • uncommoncarib

      Thanks Rebecca. Here’s hoping you and your soon come new edition can model for me next time…

  • Great shots! I’ve never heard of a pinhole setting, but I can see why you like it. I wonder if that’s something that can be edited in with a photo editing program after the picture has been taken, too?

    • uncommoncarib

      Pin hole is actually an art filter (my bad) available on a number of Olympus models. For my Pen camera, Olympus offers 6 different ones. All of ’em basically allow you some added creativity, though I’m sure there are photo edit programs that enable users to create similar effects.

      Thanks for the kudos!

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