January 26, 2015 – Monday

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Hotel Street

Hotel Street

A view of Hotel Street, Garapan, Saipan. What helped me identify areas much easier were landmarks. In this picture, various landmarks can be seen; Hyatt, Fiesta, American Memorial Park, Smiling Cove Marina, Hotel Street, etc. This picture was actually one of several pictures I took continuously. The panoramic stitch didnt come out as I wanted. As a result, I ended up with this beautiful picture.

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January 24, 2015 – Saturday

Saipan
Saipan Looking East

Saipan Looking East

A view of Saipan looking East. At this point in the ride, we were heading back to the hanger. It was somewhat difficult taking panoramic photos due to the wind gusting past the helicopter. If you weren’t prepared for it, you could literally drop whatever your sticking out of the cockpit. The timing of the photo was perfect because you could see the vegetation as well as the sea grass beds in the lagoon. Overall, this was a very great experience.

January 22, 2015 – Thursday

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Saipan Looking North 2

Saipan Looking North 2

This shot is very surreal because you never would imagine how things would look from an aerial standpoint until you finally see it. While I was in the air, I felt like a kid in a candy store beautiful the island looked so unique and beautiful.

January 20, 2015 – Tuesday

Saipan
Garapan, Saipan

Garapan, Saipan

A unique view of the “city” of Garapan. Garapan is a village on the island of Saipan that comes closest to a city on the island. Hotels, restaurants, super markets, department stores, etc. If your ever visiting the island of Saipan, be sure to drive through the village of Saipan!

January 18, 2015 – Sunday

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Saipan Looking North

Saipan Looking North

I’ve always tried to take this shot on an airplane. Yet it was always so difficult due to the angle of the plane plus the wing always being in the way. Thank goodness for a helicopter! Stay tuned for more stunning shots of the island of Saipan.

January 16, 2015 – Friday

Saipan
MV ASUKA II AERIAL

MV ASUKA II AERIAL

MV ASUKA II AERIAL STERN

MV ASUKA II AERIAL STERN

A few shots of the MV ASUKA II from a helicopter. Each time the ship leaves port, a helicopter is used to drop flowers down onto the passengers on the vessel’s departure. Talk about great customer service! The ride was exhilarating.

October 15, 2014 – Mt. Tapochau

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Mt. Tapochau, Birds Eye View

Mt. Tapochau, Birds Eye View

The weather has been somewhat cloudy in the Mariana Islands. Its probably due to the passing storm, supposedly the strongest storm of 2014 (Typhoon Vongfont). Took a drive up to the highest point on the island, Mt. Tapochau. This drive MUST be done with a 4×4 capable vehicle. The past few months have been rainy, causing the roads to deteriorate.

This picture was taken looking south, looking towards Tinian. You can also see the island of Aguigan (Goat Island) in the distance. I took the picture around 12-1230PM. I was hoping for more blue and less clouds, but Mother Nature can be like that at times. This was a 30 second exposure done with a polarized filter + an ND filter.

October 14, 2014 – Bird Island, Saipan

Long Exposure, Saipan
Bird Island, Saipan

Bird Island, Saipan

I hiked down to Bird Island the other day and managed to take a few descent shots given that it was a very cloudy day. This was taken at around 1PM. I was hoping to get some really nice exposures with the sun being in the perfect spot at 1PM. However, it was a bit overcast. Although it wasn’t what I was expecting, the result was unique in the sense that the clouds in the background make the picture look more dramatic.

Bird Island is one of the Marine Protected Areas in the CNMI. It is located in the North Eastern side of Saipan. It is a quick 5 minute hike down to a beautiful beach. In the summer time, you could venture over onto the island itself and explore the tide pools for exotic marine life. If your lucky, you could also see baby black tip sharks patrolling the shoreline in search of a meal to eat.