March 1, 2013

Dominican Republic Trip & March Facebook Cover Images

Personal

I am notoriously terrible for creating a black hole of personal pictures.

Remember how I went to Scotland? Black hole.
Ocean City, MD? Black hole.
Ziplining? Black hole.
Atlantic City? Black hole.
Delaware Water Gap? Black hole.
Poconos? Black hole.

Those are just this past year. I bring my camera on adventures and of course I feel compelled to document things but then comes the editing. I can’t bring myself to edit personal pictures when there is so much more I should be doing: emails, marketing, editing for clients, phone calls, meetings, weddings, engagements, families, card designs, blog posts, etc.

Why edit them at all? A picture doesn’t feel finished until it’s been edited. (I’d never hand over raw client images – the image is only half way there!) I’ll take some casual people shots on my phone and post them on Facebook but I just can’t do that when I’ve been on some great trip, saw new, exciting things, and came home with a memory card full of stuff.

In the spirit of trying to be better, here are some snapshots from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. It was a fantastic time and I worked hard to be “in the moment” and only used my little, green point-and-shoot camera instead of my big, professional one. I breezed through a few in Lightroom so that I could share.

(Because I know you weren’t sure – I’m the smaller shadow.)

Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures

There is only so much we could do at the resort (we quickly checked off marveling at paradise, getting burnt, drinking lots of sugary rum drinks, listening to the waves, playing ‘guess the accent,’ getting a couple’s massage, and finishing a book).  On day 3 we took a trip to San Pedro for horeseback riding and views outside of the landscaped and manicured complex.

Dominican Republic vacation pictures

Fields and fields of tall sugar cane.

Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures

The other big export next to sugar is tobacco. We visited a cigar factory.

Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures

This was how my Valentine’s Day ended…

Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures

On day 4 we traveled to Saona Island.  With a stop at a tourist shopping compound, we took a bus to a speedboat to spend a day basking, drinking more rum and coke, and watching the clear water lap against the white sand before returning on a catamaran full of partying Europeans.

Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures

The last day there we traveled around Santo Domingo, the capital. This is a city that has more history in its little finger than all of Pennsylvania (and that’s saying something).

Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures
Dominican Republic vacation pictures

Because it’s March and you’ve scrolled this far, here are March’s FB pics.

Every month, I feature new images for download for you to use as your Facebook cover photo. Click to download these images and see them at their full size and resolution.


Please note these images are made available for personal use only.

“I really like the Caribbean. Anyplace in the Caribbean. I get there, and I feel like a monkey – the perfect state.”~ Penelope Cruz

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