22 July 2015, Wednesday
Ryan and Donnie the bellman. Donnie insisted that he was the master bellman who taught all the other bellmen. Like everyone we met, Donnie was having a good time and thus everyone had a great time. (iPhone 6 Plus, f/2.2 at 1/120 at ISO 32, Perfectly Clear V2.)
We got in our shuttle and headed towards the airport. The next shots are all made through the window of a moving shuttle, and the super-speed of the Sony kept up with it all.
Winners never give up. I shot this through the tinted window of a moving shuttle bus. The Sony is so fast I can shoot through obstructions at just the right time, and it has so much resolution that it's trivial to crop whatever I need for the equivalent of a super-telephoto (300mm) shot. Here's the complete image from which I cropped this:
Aha! I didn't realize it until I returned home, but twice I fired at the same place as I rode in different directions along this street. I shot my Red, White and Blue at the Beach shot over a week ago here on the way in!
I used Photoshop's content-aware fill to get rid of the extra guy or two in my photo (use the lasso to select the guy, go to Edit > Fill > and select Content Aware Fill from the options).
The key to this shot, like everything in life, is to keep your eyes on the prize (the image in the center of the image) and don't let cameras, settings or anything else distract you.
We made it to the airport. NAS is a very nice, bright, open airport. The people are great, and had a reasonable collection of places to eat. US Customs is great, too. It turns out that the USA has customs people on the ground at NAS, so we cleared customs before we got on the plane in the Bahamas! Boy, does that beat having to collect our bags in Miami and walking them though customs and loading them on the plane to home again.
Kids playing with a toy from Wendy's at the Nassau, Bahamas airport (NAS). (Sony RX 100 IV at 15.1mm, f/2.8 at 1/125 at ISO 1,250.)
Katie scored a ball from other travelers who gave it to her at the resort a few days ago as they were leaving. They were smart enough to realize that it was better to give it to another kid than to try to carry it home on the plane. Instead of passing it along to another kid as we suggested to Katie, Katie and Ryan insisted we carry it home for them.
This is the plane that brought us back from Nassau. It's made in Brazil!
This was a much more boring shot before I darkened the edges and lightened the plane for emphasis in Photoshop. I used curves adjustment layers and masks as usual.
Ryan knows that he's three times as likely to die in a crash if he doesn't pay attention to the specifics to get the heck out of this particular model of airplane. As the grandkid of a CFI (certified fllight instructor), we pay attention to these things.
We flew home, and all was well. We had a fantastic time!
That's it: Return to top of trip.