San Juan, Puerto Rico Trip

San Juan, Puerto Rico Trip

At the end of March I took my first vacation in what seemed like quite some time. We decided on San Juan, Puerto Rico for our trip. Like any Caribbean island the weather was perfect everyday with sunny skies and sandy beaches. Although the whole idea of the trip was to just relax and enjoy the warm weather and sun, two things missing from Chicago for what seemed like the last six months, I did end up taking some photos with my Nokia Lumia 1020. This was the first trip where I didn’t take my Canon SLR so I was hoping I as able to create some great memorable images with it, fingers crossed. While the Nokia Lumia is still a camera phone I am always really impressed to see how well it does in varied lighting conditions. The three panorama images were taken with a fixed shutter speed, ISO and focal distance using Nokia Pro Cam app and assembled Photoshop from the 42mp files.

Castillo de San Cristóbal

One of the more fascinating things I saw was the two forts built and used by the Spanish Conquistadors to defend Old San Juan and the port from likely invaders such as the British and Dutch. Castillo de San Cristóbal, the eastern fort, was incredible with spectacular views of the island, ocean and San Juan. From the views of the numerous guerites surrounding the fort to the highest look out with a sweeping panoramic view of the ocean through a thin opening the day to day life, aside from the war times, must have been simply inspiring for the conquistadors living in Old San Juan.

Below is a 360° panorama of Castillo de San Cristóbal captured in 13 images with a Nokia Lumia 1020. The final resolution was just under 40,000 pixels wide and assembled in Photoshop.

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Just a short walk west of Castillo de San Cristóbal is Castillo San Felipe del Morro which sits out at the tip of Old San Juan. A slightly smaller structure but the gounds surrounding are pretty interesting with the Old San Juan Historic Cemetery right beside of it and numerous defensive walls and structures.

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Old San Juan Port

A brief rain cloud turned the skies for just a moment into a sky reminiscent of renaissance paintings while at the ports in Old San Juan.

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Ocean View from Intercontinental Hotel – San Juan, Puerto Rico

While I did do some exploring I was fascinated by the ever changing light from our 14th floor view of the beach and ocean at the Intercontinental hotel, which just happened to make for great panoramas. I made six sets of images at various times and below are two of my favorite panoramas of the view.

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Last but not least

A trip post would not be complete without a portrait to prove I was really there and the classic plane wing photo!

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