Sunday, February 26, 2012

Unique Plant

I found this unique and beautiful flower when I went on a visit to the Stamp Room at the Old Government House Museum in Road Town, Tortola.  I am happy that I took this photo, I am really pleased with the results. 

High Up In The Sky

Sunday, February 19, 2012

St. Philips Anglican Church

This is St. Philips Church, located at Kingston Tortola British Virgin Islands. I am using this photo to highlight a virgin island stamp about this church.  See the page here.

About St. Philips Church
Following the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 the British Navy liberated Africans from slaving vessels sailing in British waters.Some were brought to Tortola and provided with land plots that were sponsored by the British Government in 1831.They joined the Kingstown community of freed Africans which grew to almost 300 within the first year and St.Philips Anglican Church and School was constructed to serve some of their needs.

Nothing remains of the many homes that were originally built at Kingstown and the hurricane of 1916 destroyed the Masters House and caused severe damaged to the Church itself.The Church walls,the Altar and Graveyard still make for an interesting visit though. The red bricks that show through the plaster are a clear reminder of the plantation era they were brought as ballast in the holds of the ships that carried the sugar and other produce from the islands back to England. Ultimate BVI

Here is a great site that with alot more in depth history about this great historical structure.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Underwater Photo

I took this photo with my Pentax water proof camera the first time I got it.  When I first downloaded the photos, I was not pleased with the results.  Now that I am using I catsn enhance my photos so I am review all my old photos to get bests.  Normally I would have deleted the photos already.  Now I see alot of hope for my photos that did not look satisfactory initially.


Breakfast From The Coffee Shop At Trellis Bay, Beef Islands, British Virgin Islands

I bought this egg sandwich for breakfast a few mornings ago at the D' Best Cup Coffee Shop Trellis Bay, Beef Island.  I like getting my cappuccino there and occasionally I get this sandwich.  It consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, lettuce and tomatoes on a mini baguette. The mistake I made the last time I had this sandwich was to have the sausage. It is those mini sausages that I really do not like because they are very oily.

The cost of these sandwiches are $8.50.  I have been buying them without really thinking about the price.  Then it struck me one day that these sandwiches are too expensive.  I don't really buy them that often but look at this, I can get a chicken roti for $7.00 from the grocery store that is two buildings away from the coffee shop.  The ladies at the Coffee Shop are quite friendly and helpful.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Black and White Photography

I like to try different techniques I decided to try my hand at Black and White Photography.  My first attempt was to try and change a color photo to black and white.  My first attempt was with Photobucket because I know that they have a greyscale feature.  But when I applied the feature to one of my photo, I thought that it looked flat - had no depth.

So after some more research, I learnt that a color photo can be simply changed to black and white by pressing a button on certain digital cameras.  Cool!  I tried doing this with some of my photos that were on my camera but from what I saw on my camera monitor I was not pleased.

I recently found this online photo editor,, and it has some really great features.  Changing a color photo to black and white is one of the features available!  I did my text with the photo below.  First I used the Quick Enhancement feature to sharpen the colours and THEN I clicked on the Black and White option. 

I spent quite some time trying these steps out until I got a result that I was satisfied with.

Now you may be probably wondering why would someone choose to go back to black and white photos.  Well some photographers actually prefer digital black and white photos and there is a particular type of art in these types of photos.