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St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice  
User currently offlineajbrom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 2 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Hi I’m arriving in St Maarten for the first time on Saturday and staying for 5 nights. Having only just got into photography with my Canon Eos 40D SLR was hoping someone might be able to offer some advice on how to get the best pics.

I would imagine that due to the beach location certain aspects of the photography may be different as to a normal airport.

Will be staying at the Sonesta Maho beach hotel so will on the beach for most arrivals and departures, any other A.net members going to be around let me know it would be great to meet up!

Andrew

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User currently offlineaussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1753 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4682 times:
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Hi Andrew,

Few tips to start off,Try to shoot with your sun on your back & not into the sun,Adjust the exposure compensation to suit the conditions-The higher the sun gets the brighter it gets.

I use a Canon 40D myself & I usually keep my camera settings at Av mode-F9 so I get a shutter speed roughly around 1/500th-1/640th but just go out there & have a play with your camera on different settings/modes & see what suits you & enjoy it,You wont get perfect results straight up but its all about learning.


Cheers Mark.


User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 359 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4594 times:

I've shot from Maho Beach with my 40D before and I used Av F8 mostly with exposure compensation dialed in at 1/3 under (1 notch to the left of the centre) when it's bright and sunny. When the sun's out it is strong and you easily risk over-exposing the aircraft. I think the sun angle in March will allow you to shoot from the Sunset Bar and Grill side of the beach. Come June/july shooting from the Sunset is backlit. You need quite a wide angle lens if you want to get close up. My lenses of choice there are my 24-105 when shooting from the Beach Bar or Maho, and my 10-22 if i'm shooting on the beach.
Have fun, it's a great place!



James Rowson. Canonite and lover of all things L. JAR Photography.
User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4704 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

Quoting JRowson (Reply 2):
Come June/july shooting from the Sunset is backlit.

If the same Colombian girl still serves the drinks at the boat-bar that is not exactly a problem  



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

Andrew,

If you're still in town, I'm in SXM until Thursday with my 50D, 24-105, 28-135, and 10-22.

Weather here is great!



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3992 times:

Andrew,

How'd they turn out?

I've submitted a few of mine.

SXM is a hard place to shoot.

Morning-->Early afternoon are best times to shoot. Once that sun gets to 12:00 high, I found it extremely hard to adjust for exposure.

Sunset provided great taxi/ramp shots.



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
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