Tuesday, September 1, 2015

OUR SHOTS - Express Photographers at Work

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A man and his monkey at a stand pipe at Claxton Bay.

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Express photographer Dexter Philip caught this camouflaged juvenile iguana climbing a plum tree in a back yard in San Fernando recently. He captured the image as the lizard turned to look at him.

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In case you missed it, Express photographer Dexter Philip was invited into the Lady Chancellor Hill, Port of Spain home of cricket legend Brian Lara, who displayed the bats that he used to achieve his many batting records. In his hand is the bat he used to strike an unbeaten 501 in 1994 in England, which remains the most runs ever made in a first class match. Also in his trophy case are the bats he used to make his 375 in 1994, and his 400 against England in 2004, a record that is still to be broken.

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A boy casts a fishing net into the waters off Pigeon Point, Tobago.

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The jetty at Buccoo, Tobago.

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A male parakeet playfully sticks his neck out and attempts to woo a female in courtship.

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An innovative way was devised to remove aquatic plants which completely covered the surface of the Ste Madeleine reservoir. It took several weeks, but a crew was able to net most of the plants.

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The nests of the corn bird at Cachipe Village, along the Moruga road leading to Trinidad's south coast.

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Photographer Dave Persad captured this image of an abandoned boat at the low tide at Orange Valley, Couva on Trinidad's west coast, in the Gulf of Paria. In the background are dark clouds that often gather on afternoons, with the rain sweeping in.

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Express senior Photographer Trevor Watson captured this image in 2003. It was the last year for the sugarcane harvest before the State pulled the plug on the industry. The image shows heaps of sugarcane stockpiled on the compound of the Usine Ste Madeleine Sugar Factory, waiting to be fed into the machine that would crush, grind and extract the juice.

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Shoppers gather around a vegetable stall on Christmas Eve at Charlotte Street, Port of Spain to purchase vegetables to add spice and flavour to their Christmas meals. Traditionally a day with very little to report, Photographer Jermaine Cruickshank, managed to turn a regular vending scene into a stunning image that frames the buyers and seller, and the colourful produce.

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Artist Darren Cheewah gets off the stage at WASA Fete 2013, under a cloud of rain drops and powder. The feters came to hear and see entertertainer, SuperBlue, and his catch phrase “water and powder” was been chanted at every intermission. Photo Editor Robert Taylor said he wanted to capture that emotion in a different way, so when Cheewah climbed the stage during a drizzle, the opportunity arose. "I positioned myself to get some backlight to highlight the powder that was being sprayed, and under-exposed the camera settings and switched to black & white to isolate the subject", said Taylor.

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You can still find the "chair plane" at village get togethers in outlying parts of Trinidad. This image was captured at Mission Road, Freeport, last Christmas.

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A Paramin Blue Devil spits fire during the launch of Carnival 2012 in Chagaunas.

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Photographer Dexter Philip captured this unaltered image of a doll at a house in San Fernando. The image was shot hand-held, using available light, at a low 100 ISO, and at a speed of 1/30th of a second.

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If you look out to sea while traveling along the Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, you will see, approximately 1.5 kilometres out, what appears to be an islet. A closer look reveals it to be the remains of what was once a house built on the outcrop. It has long been abandoned but it was once the weekend getaway for several affluent families in San Fernando, who boated out to the house. The location is considered a prime fishing spot for the adventurous who can get there by pay a fee to a fisherman who will take you there by boat.

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A vendor displays his catch at Kings Wharf, San Fernando

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The smoke filled atmosphere caused by bush fires burning across Trinidad has made for some spectacular sunsets on island's Gulf of Paria coast. Photographer Dave Persad captured the orange sun as the last water taxi ferry of the day came in from the capital Port-of-Spain to dock at Kings Wharf, San Fernando.

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They can be found on every coast, but the pelicans often congregate at fishing ports. Here photographer Dexter Philip found two on a fishing boat anchored off Kings Wharf, San Fernando, apparently in some sort of courtship display.

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You seldom see scenes like this in Trinidad anymore. However, photojournalist Innis Francis came upon Roopmin Jagdeo outside her home at Gopie Trace Penal, milking the family cow. The fresh milk was for breakfast, she said. She named her cow Susie.

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Express photographer DEXTER PHILIP spotted these cattle in a coconut plantation off Colombia Road which leads to Icacos Village, on the tip of Trinidad's south west Cedros peninsular. Some cattle run virtually wild in the plantation, and last year there was an attempt to hunt down, kill, and capture animals without owners.

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Express Photographer DEXTER PHILIP captured this image at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary shortly before sunset, as a flock of scarlet ibis returned from foraging in the surrounding swamp, to roost for the night in the mangrove. The Caroni swamp is one of several wetland habitats in Trinidad where the scarlet ibis can be found, but the only area where eco-tourists can be taken by flat bottom boat for a close up view.

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Senior photographer Dexter Philip captured this image of a boy taking an afternoon bath from barrels outside his home located on the bank of the New Cut Channel, Debe. His home is one of many in the way of the planned Solomon Hochoy Highway extension to Point Fortin.

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A man and his monkey at a stand pipe at Claxton Bay.

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