Our final stop in the Falkland Islands was in Stanley, its capital city. There are about 3,000 residents along with their governor, who is the Queen’s representative.
We had a few hours to stroll around town to visit their excellent museum and just take in the sights. This would be the only stop where there was any form of civilization before heading to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, so if we needed any last minute items (toiletries, etc.), this was the place to do it. As you can see, the Gorse is still in bloom and the town is very picturesque.
One of the things I wish had with me was my tripod. I left it at home so I could travel without being encumbered by too much gear.
I found this lovely church that I wanted to photograph… it was strongly backlit and I was only going to be in Stanley for a couple hours, so I could not wait until later in the day to photograph it when the light was more flattering. I tried to do my best to expose for both the highlights and shadows, however, as you can see, the sky is badly blown out:
I will often take several frames of the same scene but with different exposures (say from -3 EV to +3 EV) with my camera mounted on a tripod and then blend or “tone map” the converted images together (this is what Photoshop or HDR software will do). Since I did not have several different RAW files with varying exposures, I played with the single file that I had in Lightroom.
You can see the result as follows:
It is starting to look better, however, I still have blown out areas in the sky, so I need to work on it a lot more. What I learned is that I should always travel with a tripod, no matter how little I think I will use it.
Stanley is very British in appearance. I just loved the old telephone booths that we saw. The above photo was treated in Photoshop to look a bit muted: I felt as though we had travelled back in time when we were wandering around town, so I wanted this image to have that feel.
The local newspaper had an interesting (and fitting) name! Its name was also telling us that penguins were going to be a huge highlight of our trip.
As you are aware, Argentina claimed the Falkland Islands in 1982 and went to war with Great Britain over them. After the British were successful in reclaiming the islands, the local population erected a couple monuments to honour those who served in the war.
The lovely path lined with Gorse you see in the the next image is the road into Government House where the governor presides over the islands. It was a really beautiful property. I wanted to
have tea with him check it out, however, it was off limits to the public.
Unfortunately for the Falklands, there are still many unexploded landmines so it is dangerous to walk off some of the roads or go on certain beaches. In Stanley, this was not an issue, so I had a very pleasant walk along the water as there were no explosions under my shoes. I came across a ship wreck which caught my attention:
As I tend to see the world in black and white (B&W), I changed the aspect ratio of the image and did my B&W conversion in Lightroom. I have little more work to do on it, but I believe it holds promise.
I had never seen anyone trim a hedge to accomodate a fire hydrant before, so this next image was a first for me. I thought it took some creativity to do this!
It is now time to get ready to go back to the ship in the zodiacs. Our next stop is South Georgia and we will be sailing for at least two full days on the open ocean. Oh no, more sea sickness medication…
I am glad we had the opportunity to visit the Falkland Islands.
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