Photography

NATJA 2016 Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism

   Sometimes you have to jump right in, even when you may not think you are experienced enough or talented enough.  It was back in 2011 that my husband convinced me to enter the Caribbean Travel + Life Photo Contest, and it turned out that I won the grand prize.  But that competition was primarily for amateurs.  I was eager…Read More

Our free iBook, “Taking Better Travel Photos” – UPDATED for 2017!

  Four years ago, I wrote “Taking Better Travel Photos” to provide helpful tips to improve your travel photography no matter what gear you use.  I am excited to announce that I recently updated the book, including information on rules of composition, and providing additional information on “hot spots” for great photographs throughout the Caribbean. Some people say the rules…Read More

Dry Tortugas National Park

Happy 100th birthday to the National Park System!  In celebration, we visit Dry Tortugas National Park with this guest post from our friend, Andy Stenz.  Andy is a photographer and blogger who I met many years ago when I first became involved in our local community of photographers here in Wisconsin.  He has discovered the beauty and warmth of Hawaii, and…Read More

Top 10 Instagram Photos of 2015

It’s been a great year here at My Irie Time. 2015 saw our Instagram account getting going, and here are our top 10 Instagram photos of the year!  Happy New Year to all! #10 Fins up!  A view of Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla. For more on our trips to Anguilla, read our reports here, including our most recent visit in November of 2014. #9…Read More

2016 Calendar: Antigua & Barbuda

Our 2016 calendar features the beauty of Antigua & Barbuda.  Order one for your favorite beach enthusiast! Click the image below to order from Zazzle! Antigua & Barbuda 2016 Calendar by MyIrieTime See another calendar at Zazzle All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the…Read More

Underwater Camera Review: Comparison of Olympus Tough TG-3 and TG-4

Recently, Olympus rolled out the latest version of its Tough camera, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4. This camera stands out among its competitors for offering RAW capture in an underwater compact camera at a reasonable price. We shot both the predecessor, the Olympus Tough TG-3 (our previous review here), and the new camera, the TG-4, on our recent trip to…Read More

Underwater Photography: Review of Olympus Tough TG-3

When a camera first comes out, you’ll read a lot of reviews about specifications with a limited number of tests of the camera in action.  When it comes to underwater cameras, you’ll find even less.  What follows is my experience with the waterproof, shockproof Olympus Tough TG-3.  If you’ve come for a technical review with lots of pixel peeping, you’ve…Read More

My Choice for Best Travel Tripod: Review of Gitzo Mountaineer GT 0532

Gitzo Mountaineer GT 0532 Tripod

You will probably see a lot of posts about the “best travel tripod” if you were like me and you were struggling to make a decision as to which to choose. Some articles were more informative than others. What I gleaned from what I read was that what was the “best travel tripod” for one photographer, was not the “best”…Read More

Follow us on Instagram!

All the kids are doing it, so it’s time we join in!  Although “instant” photography is not really our thing, we’ll get in the spirit of things, and upload some of our favorite shots to Instagram.  If the film photographers can do it, so can we.  Please follow along as we post photos from our family’s travels through the islands!…Read More

A Travel Story with Kevin Miyazaki – Course Review

In June, I participated in “A Travel Story with Kevin Miyazaki,” an online travel photography class hosted by Jessica Kaminski’s JsKool.  Participants were from various parts of the country, with some traveling during the month.  Kevin gave us assignments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and your assignment was due before the next assignment was issued.  There were a total of…Read More

Film Fling Part 2: Prints!

  Receiving the e-mail from Richard Photo Lab that “Your Order is Ready!” is pretty exciting.  It was like Christmas morning, wondering what presents await.  Yesterday, I received my negatives and prints I ordered from the first rolls.  I wasn’t planning to order prints every time, but I wanted to see how they would look, and I’m glad I did.…Read More

Under The Sea: Review of Ewa-Marine UB100 Underwater Housing

The crystal clear water in the Caribbean begs you to explore below the surface.  Whether you are a diver, a snorkeler, or just like to get your feet wet, there is a desire to capture the beauty of what we see below the surface.  I took diving certification class, and although I was a wiz at the classroom work, due…Read More

Let’s Get It Started: Kevin Miyazaki’s Travel Story

This week, I began “A Travel Story with Kevin Miyazaki,” an online course in travel photography hosted by Jessica Kaminski’s JsKool and featuring the talents of Kevin Miyazaki, a well-regarded professional photographer who has traveled the world shooting for publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Martha Stewart Living, and The New York Times. Atop this post is part of our…Read More

CoPA 9th Annual Members’ Exhibition

Join us for the 9th Annual Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) Members’ Exhibition!  CoPA is an organization of photographers, ranging from long-time professionals to novice hobbyists.  Founded in 2004, the organization’s mission is to “develop appreciation, promote growth and support the creation of photographic arts in the Greater Milwaukee Region.”  The group hosts monthly meetings, oftentimes featuring guest speakers, to…Read More

Travel Light: Review of the Westcott Rapid Box 26″ Softbox

Traveling light is becoming a priority for me with my camera gear, particularly once you realize how much difference good equipment makes to an image.  With the Westcott Rapid Box Softbox, I was able to get the best of both worlds: a soft fill light for portraits which is lightweight and easy to carry. First, a bit about the need…Read More

Sadly, This Message Needs Repeating

©Wendy G. Gunderson - All Rights Reserved. Any use without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

I first wrote this post for my general photography website back in 2011, after dealing with multiple infringements of my copyrighted images.  Sadly, it needs repeating, perhaps more so today.  People are writing blogs or creating websites to generate revenue.  They don’t necessarily write about what they know or places they have been, but create “content” to draw readers in,…Read More

Is That Sand Really Pink?

If you read our posts on Eleuthera, you can tell that we loved the pink sand.   I had seen many photos of French Leave Beach and Harbour Island before our visit and some looked a bit unreal – – almost a cotton candy hue.  I suspected that many of these images are the result of a heavy hand on…Read More

Eleuthera Digital Paintings

©Wendy G. Gunderson - All Rights Reserved. Any use without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

We’ve added a number of images from Eleuthera to our digital paintings collection.  These images are created using photographs from Eleuthera and Harbour Island, and then digitally enhanced to give the look of a painting or watercolor.  These images look great on canvas.  Check them out here! All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission…Read More

Looking for Caribbean stock photography?

Barbuda, Antigua & Barbuda

Do you want to license an image for your website or publication?  Looking for stock photography of the Caribbean islands for your project? We would be glad to help! Images are organized by Island and by Category of image, and can also be viewed in any of our travel journal posts and features.  We have images of great beach bars, local food and drink, historic places, flora and fauna, stunning beaches, and island festivals and people.…Read More

What are Metal Prints?

What are metal prints? And why do we love them? Metal prints display your image in all the all the vibrant, gorgeous colors of the Caribbean which you remember. These are not images printed on metallic paper. The image you select is infused onto specially-coated aluminum sheets, with a high gloss finish.  Metal prints don’t fade or ripple like paper…Read More

New My Irie Time Shop!

 We’ve been working hard the last three months to bring you a new My Irie Time Shop.  With the re-opening of the shop, we have a number of new items to offer which we’re really excited about. (1) DIGITAL PAINTINGS The world of digital photography offers many avenues to explore our creativity.  Through a variety of techniques, we are able…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Grilled Wahoo

Taste of the Caribbean is back on the Nevis.  We are walking from the Four Seasons, past Sunshine’s, and a little farther down Pinney’s Beach, we come upon Double Deuce.  Double Deuce is known for its amazing DD burger, but there are many other delicious offerings on the chalkboard menu, including this grilled wahoo.  Take a look at the menu…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Fritters

On Taste of the Caribbean today, we have one of our favorite beach eats, conch fritters.  A batter is made into which conch, peppers, onions, and seasonings are mixed, and then spoonfuls of the batter are dropped into the deep fryer.  Served with a dipping sauce, it’s the perfect partner to a cold Turks Head or other island brew. These…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Salad

Taste of the Caribbean is in the mood for a festival today, so we take you to the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, held each November in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.  There are a variety of events at the festival, but the best is the “Conch-etition,” where area chefs compete for the best of the fest in conch…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Sunshine Salad, Nevis

Today’s Taste of the Caribbean comes from Sunshine’s, the Nevis beach bar famous for the sting of their “Killer Bee.”  Sunshine’s is not only about great drinks, but has some of the best food on the island.  Among the tasty offerings is the Sunshine Salad.  When I asked what was in it, I was told it was “made with love.”…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Peas and Rice

It’s a classic found throughout the Caribbean.  Peas and rice accompany many of our favorite meals on our travels through the islands.  This gorgeous plate of food was found at Hole in the Wall, on Airport Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.  It was recommended by our rental car agent (rental car guys and taxi drivers are some of the…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Pain du Chocolat

Good morning!  Bonjour! Taste of the Caribbean embraces the French influence in the islands this morning, with the Pain du Chocolat, found at Geraud’s Patisserie on the island of Anguilla.  Look at all those layers!  I only wish Geraud’s would open a Wisconsin location! For more on our trips to Anguilla, including loads of delicious food, read our trip reports!…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Ceviche Salad

Taste of the Caribbean takes us to the British Virgin Islands today.  The Ceviche Salad at Coco Maya on Virgin Gorda is a refreshing blend of fresh fish, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, served over a bed of greens, and topped with a scoop of coconut sorbet.  Pair it with the restaurant’s zingy Raspberry Chili Martini, with slices of jalapeño pepper,…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Anguillan Breakfast

Today we’re serving up an authentic Anguillan breakfast, complete with whole fried fish and johnnycakes.  This dish was served to us at Anacaona Boutique Hotel, located on Meads Bay in Anguilla, one of the best hotel bargains on the island.  On Thursday nights, Anacaona serves up an Anguillan buffet along with a performance of the Mayoumba Folkloric Theatre, a show of…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Oxtail Stew

Our daughter has always been a pretty adventurous orderer, surprising restauranteurs with her selections.  When she was 7-years-old and we traveled to Mexico, she ordered squid and octopus.  We began traveling to the Caribbean when she was 9, and she was the first to order some of the local fare, including oxtails.  The rich stew of braised oxtails paired with…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Anegada Lobster Salad, British Virgin Islands

Today’s edition of Taste of the Caribbean comes to us courtesy of the British Virgin Islands.  I knew when we were planning our trip to the British Virgin Islands that I had to make sure to order the lobster for which Anegada is famous, although I couldn’t wait until our day trip to the island.  This beautiful Lobster salad was…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Salad, Turks & Caicos Islands

It’s time to launch our new series featuring our favorite dishes from the Caribbean islands.  Today’s feature is Conch Salad from the Turks & Caicos Islands.  This particular conch salad comes from Da Conch Shack, located in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.  At Da Conch Shack, you can watch as they pull the conch from the sea, extract it…Read More

Watermarks have arrived

Wendy G. Gunderson

  You may have noticed that watermarks have started to appear on images on My Irie Time.  I have not used them before because I find them distracting to the images.  Unfortunately, image theft is running rampant, and I now find the need to use a watermark to reinforce my copyright. I have discovered multiple unauthorized uses of my images,…Read More

Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee, WI April 19 -20, 2013

©Wendy G. Gunderson - All Rights Reserved. Any use without express written permission is strictly prohibited.©Wendy G. Gunderson - All Rights Reserved. Any use without express written permission is strictly prohibited.

If you happen to be in or near Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the next few weeks, consider stopping by to the see the 8th Annual Members’ Show of the Coalition of Photographic Arts.  The show opens on Gallery Night & Day, April 19-20, 2013, with additional gallery dates of April 25-27 and May 2-4, 2013, and will exhibit at 600 East…Read More

TV Land Meets the British Virgin Islands

How often do you travel to the Caribbean and happen upon a group of beloved television characters?  It’s only happened once, on our visit to The Last Resort, Bellamy Cay, British Virgin Islands. First, how do you get there?  I can’t help you navigate by sea, but by land, get yourself to Trellis Bay on Beef Island, just a quick…Read More

“Z” is for Zymurgy

Wendy G. Gunderson

All good things must come to an end, as does our Caribbean “A” to “Z” series, with the letter “Z” for zymurgy, a word everyone should have in their Scrabble or Hangman vocabulary.  Zymurgy is the science of brewing beer, the branch of applied chemistry dealing with the fermentation process.  The Caribbean is home to some of our favorite brews…Read More

“Y” is for Yuletide

Wendy G. Gunderson

We generally travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, and at that time, preparations for the holidays has already begun in the Caribbean.  If you travel to the Caribbean in December, you have your choice of festive events. Here are just a few links to places where you can learn more about Christmas traditions in Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, Curacao, Trinidad, and throughout…Read More

“W” is for Watersports

Wendy G. Gunderson

The Caribbean’s best attraction after the beach is the water that surrounds it.  The region offers a variety of watersports for you to enjoy, including surfing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.   This shop in Trellis Bay on Beef Island, British Virgin Islands, just a few minutes from the airport, offers instruction in kiteboarding, surfing, kayak tours, and…Read More

“V” is for Virgin Gorda

Wendy G. Gunderson

Virgin Gorda was given its name by Christopher Columbus, who believed the shape of the island looked like a well-rounded woman reclining, or a “fat virgin.” The island is the third largest, and second most populous island in the British Virgin Islands, home to approximately 3600 residents.  The most famous attraction on Virgin Gorda, and perhaps all of the British…Read More

“S” is for Sailing

Wendy G. Gunderson

Sailing and the Caribbean go together like peas and carrots.  Initially, solely a form of transportation, sailing is now primarily for recreation and sport. Some of my favorite Caribbean bloggers are people who have decided to see the Caribbean by sail.  Their websites are filled with beautiful images of the islands, along with the nuts and bolts of this method…Read More

“B” is for Boats

Wendy G. Gunderson

In the islands, boats are not just for pleasure.  They are transportation and for fisherman, their way of life.  These gorgeous boats were found on Pinney’s Beach, Nevis.  For more shots of boats from all over the islands, check out our image gallery of Island Boats, and for more images and stories of Nevis, check out our Nevis page ! For…Read More

Images! in up! Magazine!

If you happen to be flying out of Canada, and happen to be flying West Jet Airlines this month, check our our images, included in features on the Queen Conch and Anguilla.  You will see our image of a conch salad from Da Conch Shack, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, and our image of SandBar, Meads Bay, Anguilla.  If you…Read More

One Question from Kristin Mock

Wendy G. Gunderson

Travel writer and teacher, Kristin Mock, author of the insightful travel blog, kristinmock.com, interviewed me for her new feature, “One Question.” Kristin’s question for me was the topic of photographing people. You can read the feature on Kristin’s site here: http://kristinmock.com/one-question-with-wendy-gunderson-photographing-people/# As a photographer and a woman, how do you best approach people you’d like to take pictures of when you…Read More

No iPad? You Can Still Enjoy “Taking Better Travel Photos”

Taking Better Travel Photos by Wendy G. Gunderson

  We released our book, “Taking Better Travel Photos” as an iBook, but appreciate that not everyone has an iPad.  You can still enjoy our free book with tips on taking better travel photos regardless of what gear you use.  Read it in Issuu! Open publication – Free publishing – More caribbean All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson.…Read More

Taking Better Travel Photos – Now Available As An iBook

Taking Better Travel Photos by Wendy G. Gunderson

  I am pleased to announce that our popular post on tips for taking better travel photos is now available as a free iBook, with more photos than ever before.  Available for your iPad, we’ve updated our text and have included more illustrations to bring our points to life.  Take a look! Here’s a sample chapter: Download the entire iBook…Read More

Gallery Night Milwaukee: April 20, 2012

Join us for Gallery Night in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. These images will be part of the 7th Annual CoPA (Coalition of Photographic Arts) Members’ Show, opening on Gallery Night and running through May 12. The CoPA exhibit is located at 262 East Menomonee, across from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. For more information, check out CoPA’s website.  …Read More

CoPA Members Show: April 20 through May 12, 2012

The image above, taken on the walk to Sunshine’s Beach Bar in Nevis, will be featured in the Seventh Annual Members’ Show of the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA). The show opens on Gallery Night, Friday, April 20, 2012, and runs through May 12, 2012, at 262 East Menomonee Street, in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, just across the street from the…Read More

Inspired by Old Photographs

A friend posted some amazing old photographs and postcards of St. Kitt’s and Nevis which inspired this image. I started with a shot of the view from Cote Mer, Island Harbour, Anguilla, and applied a few Photoshop techniques and a border in Alien Skin Exposure 4 to end up with my interpretation of the look of old photographs. All words…Read More

What’s in My Bag: Nevis Edition

What's in my bag? Click here!

I always have trouble trying to figure out what photography equipment to pack for vacation.  This trip, I documented what I used and what was excess baggage. For details on what was in my bag for the trip to Nevis, read on… All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information,…Read More

View of Viceroy, Anguilla

On Meads Bay, looking toward the Viceroy, Anguilla.  On our trip in 2009, this was still under construction, but it was in full operation by the time of our 2010 visit.  Order some sushi and cocktails in the Sunset Lounge! For the photographers, this is another shot using a neutral density filter to make the waves look feathery.  I use…Read More

What Waves Look Like With a Neutral Density Filter

Taken in front of the beach at The Viceroy, Meads Bay, Anguilla, November 2010, using the 77mm Fader ND Mark II filter.  For more on the filters in my bag, read here… All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.