This is my first shot from my recent trip to Puerto Rico. It was my wife and my first time away from the baby for more than a few hours, and we made the most of it, sleeping in, sitting by the pool, and engaging in our favorite vacation activity: historical tourism!
This shot was taken from a turret atop the ancient Castillo de San Cristobal, or Castle of St. Christopher, a reference to Christopher Columbus who was the first European to land on Puerto Rico and is something of a national figure here. The turret pictured here is a recent addition, however, erected during World War II to scout for German submarines surfacing near shore. Luckily, I was not on duty, and so I could look in directions other than out to sea, and the view of Old San Juan stretching out to the west was eye catching. Here you can see the major features of the city's Atlantic shore: the wide parks, the city walls, the brightly colored houses, the Cementerio Santa Marķa Magdalena, and El Morro, the fort far in the distance, which is a truly amazing place to visit (and one I'll post pictures from in time). You can also see the notorious La Perla neighborhood, right on the shore, a poor area below the city walls, well known for its drug trafficking issues.
Unfortunately for us, the morning was somewhat overcast as rain had passed over earlier, but as the day went on the skies cleared nicely.
Larger version can be seen on Flickr, here.
Edit: an older shot from this exact same vantage point by Paul57 here.
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Bergenphotos (2906) 2014-02-27 18:40
Hey Mr Boston guy!
It's a wonderful picture! I feel like I can have a fairly solid impression of the island only through this picture :) Looks a bit like the neighbor in west, the Dominican Republic. Colorful and green! I like how you use the terrace as a framing, kind of invites me in and making me feel like I am watching it from the terrace.
Have a good evening over there!
batalay (39127) 2014-02-27 20:53
I remember visiting the fortress in Puerto Rico. And as an affirmation of the great German physicist Werner Heisenberg's observation, "Never underestimate how much pleasure it gives a man to see what he already knows."
claudeD (39621) 2014-02-28 4:08
very fine picture from San Juan with an excellent composition and framing. I like the fresh colors and perfect sharpness and clarity.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
kasianowak (9329) 2014-02-28 6:46
Hi again Andrew
Interesting idea to frame the image like this, I really like it! The view is great and it's so easy to just shoot a couple of ordinary frames but you came up with something far more unique.
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-02-28 6:53
Splendid view on the city with nice colors and great perspective. Good idea the naturel frame, beautiful photo. I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (31628) 2014-02-28 10:30
What a bright and vivid scene, the people who painted those buildings should be applauded for bringing such life to the buildings. In fact, it reminds me somewhat of the art deco of Miami! A like that you framed the view looking through the opening in the castle, making me like I am looking from a secret place. WOnderful fresh image, I feel I can almost smell the sea and hear the waves crash.
holmertz (54235) 2014-02-28 10:38
You found a very good and safe place for this photo, and a great view it is. Colourful houses and very green lawns, plus some kind of beach that doesn't look very inviting but is nice to watch from a distance. The panoramic shape was a perfect choice here.
photoray (13981) 2014-02-28 11:00
A different view of San Juan through Castillo de San Critobal's turret, showing the colorful beach front architecture, ocean waves, then a glimpse of the El Morro fort on the horizon.
I missed visiting the Castle, but did enjoy strolling around El Morro on my brief visit many moons ago.
Thanks for sharing,
bona (13737) 2014-02-28 13:47
by your note and your profile photo I think you are a recent dad. I'm a recent dad too, my son made 2 months this week and the time to get out with my wife alone is short. I like to much your photo with all this green and the way the buildings are distributed on the scape. Nice point of view using the wall to frame the view.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-01 8:24
this view speaks for itself-it“s beautiful!
But here as much as the landscape and such vivid colors I like the way you composed and framed the scene.Great idea to use the turret walls to frame the image.
The outcome is eye-catching!
Have a nice weekend
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-03-01 11:29
Very interesting note!
Very beautiful and attractive picture of a place we don't see many pictures around (although we do know some people from there that are famous all over the World)!
Chosen pov, composition and colors are highlights here!
I love the details of those colorful buildings and the way they are placed by the sea!
TFS - congrats,
macjake (69105) 2014-03-01 12:05
haha...i've been waiting for these :)
your first post here is A+.
Is that a golf course in the bg? looks like one but I don't think it actually is.
colorful homes, rocky cliffs, ocean views, and I think there's a lighthouse in the far bg too.
Keep it going.
abmdsudi (55116) 2014-03-02 1:51
I think you grabbed the moment really well despite the lack of shadow & sunlight but there's a multitude of detail and bright colours from corner to corner to compensate that. In particular i love the pinkish and blue tones heightening the overall view which is counter balanced by fresh green and there a fine contrast to the ancient wall. You've made great visual sense combined by good viewpoint to emphasise foreground interest even small things assume a new significance and you'll still take in plenty of sky and the sweeping view of the low lying historic spot with greater effect. Well done, Congrats
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-04 4:46
the window of the turret frames this picture in very interesting way- I like it a lot. Very good POV which gives lovely and wide panorama with excellent sharpness right up to horizon. The landscape is very diversified which makes the picture interesting to look at for a long time. There are plenty of fine details to dwell on: the bright architecture, wall of the castle and rocky coastline. Great colors and light.
Thanks for sharing
adores (45715) 2014-03-26 16:25
I guess we don't see many photos of this place here! Seems a really nice and colourful city and you found a really nice way to frame it. In spite of the weather, light is very well managed and the colours are very good. I like it!
worldcitizen (8808) 2014-03-27 12:00
I really like the framing you chose for this scene. There are so many bright colors, together with older structures, and then the sea. It's interesting that you have that waterfront street on the left, which seems like a nice place, and then a poor neighborhood right below a landmark and next to the water. I like the pink building with small arches in the distance, and the patches of green space, too.
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-17
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S NIKKOR 35 mm 1:1.8G
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-27 17:30