The Morant Cays are four small low-lying oceanic islands situated approximately 60km south east of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea. They are located on the south-eastern rim of the Morant Bank which rises up from the surrounding sea floor which is over 1000m deep.
The largest of the four islands is North East Cay, seen here, which houses approximately 50 fishermen. Some live here permanently in wooden, zinc-roofed huts; others come and go periodically carrying fish back to the mainland. It is a hard life on the island - there is no electricity and no running water and everything except fish has to be brought over.
Surrounded by coral reefs the cays are a haven for sea birds, turtles, fish and other wildlife. Every day when the weather is good the fishermen on this island set about catching fish, normally in what are known as Z traps. When the weather is bad (and it is often real bad even in the height of summer) the boats have to be anchored down and days are spent making and mending traps, playing dominoes and cards, and listening to the reggae on the radio.
That is, if one can get a reception.
This picture was shot with a Nikonos V underwater camera and it could be better exposed. It may look like the horizon is uneven but that's an illusion - you are looking at the leeward side of the island and there is a large sweeping bay.
I present this picture here as the start of small travelogue on the Morant Cays. I hope you will join me for the journey!
Casper the Duppy
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Matthew-Watt (5956) 2008-01-30 17:23
Beautiful scenery, but yes the noise/grain is a bit of a problem, it seems to impact on the enjoyment of the photo rather heavily. I have prepared a simple workshop for you to help eliminate the noise so the image seems clearer. It was done just using Neat Image.
The composition is however quite good, it seems like the perfect holiday destination! Hope you enjoyed your visit.
ViktorVaughn (1521) 2008-01-30 18:47
A beautiful shot of Jamaica, with the colours of the water, perfect day, and isolated island. The photo is obviously a bit noisy from the scan. Matthew's WS does a pretty good job of addressing this (in the sky especially!) though it does take away a bit from the clearness of the water. A nice shot, despite the age.
plimrn (21344) 2008-01-30 19:39
I love the framing here with tropical sea, the boats on the white sand beach, the light house and the clouds. The colors are nice as well, Pat
capthaddock (28790) 2008-01-31 18:41
I agree with Matthew, it has a lot of potential, but the image quality stands in the way, my scans were also like this when I first started scanning, so keep improving, iudyllic beach.
captainsgirl (3448) 2008-02-09 8:05
Love the color!! nice relating photo TFS
foozi (7101) 2008-03-22 6:38
really great sun and water in jamaica. you showed that- clear water and deep blue sky.Your timing for the clouds is also commendable. Patience in photography is hard to do.
Anyway your light-house looks less sharp, but it didnot detriment the whole pix.