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Cinnamon Bay, St. John Island, US Virgin Islands

Cinnamon beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands. Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm f/2.8L, 1/80 sec @ f/13, ISO 200, polarizing filter.

When I left Fairbanks for a little tropical reprieve in the US Virgin Islands, it was minus 35 degrees below zero. What a contrast to this Caribbean scene! My journey, although short, was partly a vacation although a photographer is never really free from the addiction of picture-taking. Significant rain and clouds in the first few days kept my DSLR in the pack, and I shot mainly with my Iphone. However, when I saw these clouds forming, I ran for the camera. Although the polarizer filter was helpful for the water, I rarely like it’s influence on the sky, specially with the 16mm lens. It is never a uniform representation and tends to vignette to the opposite side of the sun’s direction.

This picture was taken along a popular beach in a National Park which covers a good chunk of the Island of St. John. And that is a good thing or the whole island would be covered with houses, much like it’s neighboring Island of St. Thomas.

I’m back in snowy Fairbanks now, with the temperatures to drop well below zero again. It sort of feels like a dream looking at this picture… meanwhile, I’m getting ready for a cross country ski.


  • Angus Rose - Patrick- We were there for about a week last January, my first time going anywhere tropical. Definitely a place I want to return to.January 22, 2012 – 5:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Angus,
    It’s a fantastic place indeed and worth a revisit sometime in the wintry future. How long did you stay?January 17, 2012 – 2:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Angus Rose - My girlfriend and I camped at Cinnamon Bay almost exactly a year ago! St John is an incredible place, less touristy than I expected especially if you make the hike to the other side of the island. Glad to see you had fun there!January 17, 2012 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Eli, “to drop well below zero”, have you checked the forecast, -40 below by tomorrow night! But it is rather warm right now, only -2.January 11, 2012 – 9:59 amReplyCancel

  • Eli Mitchell - Temperatures are well below zero? It’s a toasty 28 degrees here. :) Nonetheless, your vacation looks like it was an enjoyable escape.January 11, 2012 – 9:56 amReplyCancel

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