Tuesday Photo Challenge – Vista by jansenphotojansenphoto

Welcome to week 161 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
As we’re spending quite a bit of our vacation time away from WiFi, I’m running a bit behind on last week’s round up, but will try to finish it by Wednesday. I hope you don’t mind too much. The travels did inspire this week’s theme, as my …

Almost a decade ago, Bhavna, Shaan, Kiran and I took a family vacation to Paradise Island, Bahamas. We stayed at the Atlantis Resort. It was our very first family vacation, and I was nervous about messing it up. I wanted the family to have a comfortable flight, have no worries about getting from the airport to the resorts, and no concerns about what to do once we were at the resort.

It turned out better than I expected. Despite a very early start to our day – we had to arrive in Philadelphia two-hours before the 6 AM flight to the Bahamas – we had no issues with our trip. The resort bus met us at the airport, and we enjoyed a relaxing scenic drive to the resort. Our suitcases were taken to the room. When I opened the window to look out, I was presented with this open vista.

We had arrived just after noon, so we had lunch at an American style diner.

Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas —Nikon D40 + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, 0.003 sec at f/10, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

After the first few days, the kids and I fell into a pattern. Get up, eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, fruit, and pancakes. Then back to the hotel room to change into our swimsuits. We would spend an hour in the nearest pool, then an hour on one of the water rides, then back to the pool for another hour, then have a poolside lunch, then back to one of the water rides, then to the beach, then back to water ride, etc.

By 4:30 PM, we were exhausted, so we headed back to the hotel room for a shower and a nap. After napping, we dressed and went out to dinner. Atlantis has many choices. We had Chinese food one night, dined at a Bobby Flay’s steakhouse another night, then Johnny Rockets for burgers and fries another night, Caribbean food another night.

These photographs were taken on my Nikon D40 which was my first DSLR and also Nikon’s cheapest entry level camera. I had had the camera for about three years and was still learning how to use it.

Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas —Nikon D40 + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (44 mm, 0.003 sec at f/11, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas —Nikon D40 + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, 0.002 sec at f/20, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas —Nikon D40 + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (40 mm, 0.004 sec at f/10, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas —Nikon D40 + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (26 mm, 0.017 sec at f/4.5, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams

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