St. Vincent and the Grenadines


Links to all the great photographs you haven't seen yet.

I came back with a total of 1027 pictures. After a few agonizing months, I was able to delete enough pictures (1) to get below 500 (492 to be exact), which I posted on this site. The site includes the original, full sized picture as well as a number of smaller sized images, more convenient for viewing on the screen. Many of the pictures were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop to fix white balance, and photographer balance issues (2).

The pictures are divided into three main galleries, one for our time at Petit Byahaut, one for our time spend on the sailboat Fortitude, and one for the time we spent on Petit St. Vincent. In addition, I created three galleries with copies of some of the pictures, broken down by subject matter instead of by date.

When viewing the pictures, we welcome your comments. There is a comment button on every page when you are viewing a larger sized image (not the thumbnails). You can also order prints of any picture you like. Simply, click the "add to cart" button under each picture. All pictures on this web site are Copyright 2004 by Joel Gould. If you want to use one of the pictures (other than to order prints), just send us an email. We usually grant people permission to use our images for any reasonable purpose.

Link to Petit Byahaut gallery

Petit Byahaut (July 15-17)

(143 pics) Photographs from the first third of our 2004 trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when we stayed at Petit Byahaut.

Link to Sailing on Fortitude gallery

Sailing on Fortitude (July 18-23)

(179 pics) Photographs from the second third of our 2004 trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when we stayed on the sailboat Fortitude.

Link to Petit St. Vincent gallery

Petit St. Vincent (July 23-37)

(170 pics) Photographs from the last third of our 2004 trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when we stayed on Petit St. Vincent.

Link to Underwater Pictures gallery

Underwater Pictures (redux)

(90 pics) Copies of all the underwater pictures (duplicated from the main three galleries), from our 2004 trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Link to Birds and Animals gallery

Birds and Animals (redux)

(48 pics) Copies of all the pictures of birds and animals (duplicated from the main three galleries), from our 2004 trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Link to Sunrises and Sunsets gallery

Sunrises and Sunsets (redux)

(16 pics) Copies of all the sunrise and sunset pictures (duplicated from the main three galleries), from our 2004 trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


Equipment for a photographic vacation

A question often asked in the online photograph forums is: "what photograph equipment should I take on my vacation?" Well, to save you the trouble of asking, I present this list of what I brought on my trip, what I found useful and what I wished I brought.

As I mentioned, I brought two cameras - the Canon S400 Elph and the Nikon D70. The Canon is a wonderful point and shoot camera. It is very small so you can bring it with you anywhere. If you are not a serious photographer, then a camera like this would probably be enough for your whole trip.

For the Canon, I had two compact flash cards, a 512 MB primary card and a 128 MB back-up card. I filled both of them up completely, even after aggressively deleting photographs. I had not expected to use the Canon that much, only for underwater shots. But it was so damp on St. Vincent, I used only the Canon on our two big excursions, and I used up a lot more compact flash memory than I planned. Also for the Canon I had a spare battery and a battery charger. I charged the Canon's batteries three times -- once on Petit Byahaut, once on Fortitude and once on Petit St. Vincent. I am not sure that I was desperate for charging but charging opportunities were few and far between.

And finally, I had the underwater case for the Canon (a Canon WP-DC800). Although the underwater case was twice the size of the camera itself, it was worth it. I use the underwater case to allow me to use the Canon while snorkeling, but also when it was raining or very, very humid. If you take any Caribbean vacation, be sure to get a good underwater case for your camera. (Do not get one of those cheap watertight plastic bags that pass themselves off as universal underwater camera protection. You can read all about our experiences with one of those on this day in the journal of our Virgin Islands trip.)

Now for the Nikon D70. The Nikon is a digital SLR, which means it has interchangeable lens. In the hands of a good photographer, DSLR cameras can take much better pictures than point and shoot cameras for a lot of reasons. First, the sensor is much larger. Larger sensors means larger pixels, which means sharper, less noisy images. Then the lens for DSLR cameras are often much better quality than point and shot camera lens. Just one of my Nikon lens costs almost as much as the whole Canon camera. Also, the camera offers a significant amount of user control allowing you to get just the right shot with just the right settings. Finally, it focuses faster, much much faster, than a point and shoot.

I brought two D70 lens with me on the trip. The 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor (which is the "kit" lens), and the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF Zoom-Nikkor, which is a compact zoom. I cannot say enough good things about the 28-200mm G lens. This lens is extremely versatile, yet very small. It is the perfect lens for traveling. Make sure you get the "G" version; I understand that the older "D" version of this lens was no where near as good. If I had to do it again, I would have left my 18-70mm lens at home and brought my macro lens instead. I rarely found the need for a really wide, wide angle lens but there were many times taking pictures of flowers and lizards when I wished for a closer macro mode than the 28-200mm.

I keep UV filters on both my lens. I use a B+W MRC UV-Have filter, mostly as a protection for the lens. Should the unthinkable happen and I scratch or break the filter, I can just take the filter off and continue to use the lens. (It didn't happen, but it could have.) I also brought a circular polarizing filter. I use that filter when taking pictures with a lot of solar glare (like ocean shots) and it really helped. But it was sometimes an annoyance to keep putting the polarizing filter on and off the camera.

On past vacations, I have brought a tripod with me. My current tripod is a Sprint Pro, very light weight, but sturdy and versatile. However, on this trip I did not want the extra bulk (we were trying to travel light). Instead, I brought a small C-clamp with an attached tripod screw. This allowed me to anchor the camera as long as I had a sturdy bar of some type to clamp to. It was perfect for the sailboat, since I could clamp the camera to the railing for those sunset pictures. And on Petit St. Vincent I would clamp the camera on the back of the big wooden lounges on our deck for sunrise pictures and self timed pictures. For sunset pictures on PSV, I would bring one of Daphne's hiking polls and use the hiking poll plus clamp as a monopod.

For the Nikon, I also had a spare battery and a charger and charged the Nikon battery whenever I charged the Canon battery (although the Nikon battery lasts longer). My primary memory was a 2 GB compact flash card, but I also brought my older 1 GB microdrive as backup. I did not bring a separate gadget to download pictures into. I was really worried about being able to power one of those gadgets. There were no plugs (until PSV), and they tend to run out of battery power long before they fill up.

Good camera cases are also important. I use a Pelican Case for my Nikon and spare lens. This is a waterproof, foam lined box that we originally bought for our grand canyon rafting trip. Its completely watertight and it floats. No worry if it falls overboard on the sailboat. And the camera stays in the case when not in use, so if the sailboat were to hit a patch of rough water, the camera would remain safe. In past trips, I have used it to carry the camera while swimming, so I could use the camera when I reached the beach. But on this trip I just used the Canon instead.

In addition to the Pelican Case, I brought Tamrac Velocity 7 backpack for the D70 camera so I had a way to carry it while hiking. I mostly brought it for the volcano hike, but never even brought the Nikon on that hike. Instead I used the backpack when carrying the Nikon around Petit St. Vincent, but I could have easily have done without it.

Other than that, I brought a Lenspen for keeping the lens clean (highly recommended). A gray card for setting white balance (although I never used it). Spare lens caps for each lens, which I never needed but they're cheap and take no space.

Footnote 1: I have a tough time deleting my own pictures. Instead, I prefer to get the opinions of others, especially Daphne, about which pictures are worth saving. Reducing the number of pictures for a single day may take me hours and hours of work, but Daphne can usually pick the best pictures in just a few minutes (which she did for one of the days).

Footnote 2: On many of my past trips I have avoided post-processing the original images that I post, but on this trip I changed my mind. We are using a new photograph hosting service (Smugmug; enter this coupon code in the "Referred By" field to get a discount: gCF8CrG7Vt8SE) that creates all the different sized images for us, automatically, from the original. So I made sure all the originals were cleaned up for the web site. That said, my Photoshop skills are weak and I tend to have a poor color sense (unlike my wife), so some of the pictures may not be as good as they could be.

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Introduction | July 14th (travel day) | July 15th (Falls of Baleine) | July 16th (Petit Byahaut) | July 17th (La Soufriere hike)
July 18th (sail to Bequia) | July 19th (Union Island) | July 20th (Sandy Island) | July 21th (Tobago Cays) | July 22th (Petit Tobac)
July 23th (arrive at PSV) | July 24th (West Side Beach) | July 25th (Atlantic Beach) | July 26th (Mopion) | July 27th (travel day)
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