ajbrom
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St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice

Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:31 am

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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RE: St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice

Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:53 am

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.
 
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RE: St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice

Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:43 pm

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
 
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RE: St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice

Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:53 pm

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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RE: St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice

Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:27 pm

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."
 
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RE: St Maarten, SXM Photography Advice

Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:01 pm

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.
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