St. Lucia Scenic Views – Nikon AW100


The Pitons framing a sunset.

P510 f3.0 1/30 ISO 160  Handheld and on point-and-shoot not manual. Looking out from a luxury restaurant – Dasheene at the Ladera Resort. You look 1000 feet below at the calm, blue Caribbean Sea, framed by the volcanic Piton Mountains on either side. The cool and refreshing breeze waifs through the restaurant adding Caribbean, West Indies ambiance.

In this post I want to show how the two cameras differ in these pretty scenic landscapes on point-and-shoot modes.  The camera information is shown in orange, the travel particulars in standard black text.

I did not use manual settings on the P510 in these images, but shot in Auto mode. The AW100 is a true point-and-shoot and only scene modes can be selected, no manual adjustments can be made to shutter speed and aperture.


Baby Pitons… actually volcanic rock.

Coolpix AW100 f4.5 1/800 ISO 125 Notice that the heat haze in the background adds a bit of contrast to the foreground elements that are well focused.  A view from the boat as we toured the Caribbean, looking back on volcanic rock.

The AW100 is a rugged camera used in underwater shots and in more extreme temperatures. I found that it takes nice crisp landscape shots as well. All the images from the boat are taken with the AW100. It has a 5x optical zoom lens which covers 28-140mm (28mm is a wide-angle view) and has nice macro capability for capturing smaller subjects. It is easy to zoom in and out with the zoom rocker so accessible.


Sorry, blown out sky, but I still like this image.

Coolpix P510 f3.5 1/400 ISO 100 This view is from another restaurant called the Pink House. I loved my lunch of shrimp with Tamarind sauce on a bed of fresh greens from here. I am guessing on this recipe by what flavors I tasted, but the sauce was out of this world. I am going to make this when I get the tamarind paste, and I will let you know if it is what I had at the restaurant.

Tamarind Sauce, mix, thicken and use as a baste or sauce for the shrimp:

1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cornstarch
½ orange, 1 tsp grated rind and juice from the orange
1 lime, 1 tsp grated rind and juice from the lime
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sugar
¼ tbsp ground ginger
3/4 oz. tamarind paste
1.5 oz coconut milk

The tamarind is bitter, so you need the sugars and honey in the sauce, but I will let you know if this is too much or too little when I make it. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the cornstarch to mix a thick paste while stirring in the orange and lime rind and juice. Add the remaining ingredients and bring them to a low boil over medium heat, stirring for about three minutes until thickened. The sauce should be a smooth, milky consistency, just a bit thicker than that of the coconut milk. This is the consistency I saw the sauce in the dish.


Coolpix P510  f3.1 1/640 ISO 100 camera on point-and-shoot not manual. One thing on point-and-shoot, the exposure is a bit flat.

The small towns dotting the landscape are mostly along the coast. Many of the residents fish or sell things they make. Some have roadside food stands, where one we passed was selling pumpkin soup and another an island pizza. This vernacular atmosphere makes travel such fun.


Coolpix AW100 f4.5  1/1000 ISO 125 The AW100 really gives a saturated image in comparison to the P510. There is lots of color and a bit of warmth to the photos.

We are traveling to the Sugar Beach Resort by diving boat. You can see the yachts moored in the bay.

The AW100 has fewer shooting options than other Nikons, and it doesn’t have Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual modes. What it does have is Easy Auto, Auto, and various scene modes. You can control flash output, exposure compensation, and the ISO settings.


Coolpix AW100 f4 1/1250 ISO 125

It survives being dropped to five feet and can be used underwater to depths of 33 feet, not like I will go that deep.


Coolpix AW100  f5.6 1/1000 ISO 125

Carolyn said she has enough photos of the Pitons to last a lifetime, and after looking at my own shots, so do I. Four of these images are of the Pitons. I felt like such a tourist shooting the Pitons over and over.


Coolpix AW100 f4.1  1/800  ISO 125

See the homes perched on the bluffs? My cousin’s home is sited like this with a gorgeous view of the Caribbean. I will show her property and gardens up next.


Check out Green Apples, my other blog, for more bird photos shot with the P510, like the last post Hummingbird Closeups with the Nikon P510. See Green Apples for Splishing and a Splashing Grackle in St. Lucia, it has some cute images.

For more AW100, the underwater shots, St. Lucia Fish – Under the Sea.

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14 Responses to St. Lucia Scenic Views – Nikon AW100

  1. When I got home and downloaded the photos, I found that I have pictures of the Pitons from every angle and every side. However, they aren’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing.

  2. Christy says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. My favorite is the one of Sugar Beach Resort. I also love the one of the bird taking a bath!

  3. Beautiful images Donna!

  4. Masud says:

    Reblogged this on vizualbusinessbd.

  5. I’m all over the place when it comes to understanding camera issues – but I do know I’d like to visit St Lucia!

  6. I love those mountains, such dramatic and unlikely shapes.

  7. HolleyGarden says:

    The Piton mountains are incredible! Love that they look so sharp and jagged, yet are also green and lush. I also like your pic of the little baby volcanic rocks. They look like little ducks all in a row, going for a swim.

  8. Andrea says:

    Oh wow, those are really steep mountains! Your photos of the lower hills look like ours! Thanks Donna for the tour, i felt like i’ve seen the Caribbean too!

  9. A.M.B. says:

    Wow! Your photos have left me speechless. Just stunning.

  10. From your photos, all I can think is: I want to travel there!

  11. I somehow missed this post before. It’s interesting to hear about the AW100. Thanks for the helpful information.

  12. Charlie says:

    I to love your photos. They create a story that truly takes me awy from my winter.

  13. I don’t think I would tire of those mountains or beaches…both cameras did a fine job capturing them…love the sunset!!

  14. Your Coolpix having underwater capability is a winner! That is can handle a drop of five feet is great too. I dropped my new camera on a cement floor at one of our concerts….oops. Seems to be fine, though I don’t think I would say it can be dropped and be fine.
    I love all the pictures of the water and mountains….what a grand vacation.

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