It was the second wedding I shot in 2 weeks in the the same venue--Spring Bay. It's one of the more popular beaches in Virgin Gorda. Tourists and locals alike come here for a picnic, a swim or snorkel or just marvel at the giant boulders which dot the beaches from Spring Bay to Devil's Bay including the world renowned The Baths.
Simply put, people come here because the place is truly gifted and blessed with beauty. A spectacular sunset is the icing of this nature's cake.
Spring Bay is one of my favorite wedding venues. The lighting can be challenging sometimes but mostly you get the golden rays of sunset.
There was a slight drizzle during this wedding and I took my wedding couple under a tree by the shore and the overhanging branches and leaves provided cover from the rain. Forgive me but I am not really sure which type of tree is in the picture as the trees on this shoreline are all mixed together and I am only familiar with the seagrape tree which I think this is not. :)
Anyways I snapped a couple of shots and after liking what I see in the viewfinder, I snapped a few more. Then off we went back to the open when the rain stopped.
While culling through the photos back at the office, I checked the photos taken under the tree. I really liked the lighting and the way the leaves and the branches were covered with rain drops. Panning my gaze from left to right and... "boom! goes the dynamite" (I love Family Guy).
At first I didn't know what it was as it was blurry so I had to check the rest of the photos in the series. Zooming in, it was an empty can of beer. I must have missed it while shooting because it's also green like the foliage. Normally I scanned my background before I press the shutter button.
Granting the empty beer can can be "photoshopped" and magically vanish, the sad reality is the empty beer can could have been there for God knows since when. It's trash. It does not belong on a tree branch.
There's only one in the photo so why are you freakin' out Mar? Because if there's one, there could be more littered around. And I am not freaking out because of the minor "ruin" in the photo. I am concerned because it's a symptom. If we do not address this symptom, Spring Bay, Devil's Bay and all the other really cool spots will be littered with trash. Heads up parks and wildlife department.
As a photographer who makes a living shooting photos of the BVI, I can contribute to the upkeep of the parks, beaches and other locations by bringing with me a bin bag so the next time I come across something like this in the photo, I can put the trash straight to the bag.
This is a cool and uncomplicated way on how ishootBVI as a business can impact the environment and contribute to the community. Make it a company policy for the photographers to carry a bin bag in case you come to a location littered with trash.