Barbados Photographic Society

New Year, New Projects

I hope you've been having a good year so far, both professionally and personally. I haven't posted here in a little while but I've been busy these past few months working on a few personal things. As I mentioned last year, I've started experimenting with making video. I've been learning this new craft as a fun side project whenever I can. Admittedly it's a learning curve for me but I must confess that I'm enjoying it very much. If you've done some video, or just started, let me know what your biggest challenges are/were. I've uploaded a few of my attempts to my YouTube channel, "Nicky Highlander Photography".  If you have any ideas, suggestions, want to collaborate or just want to discuss photography/videography, feel free to message me!

Here is the link to my channel: . I’ve included the link to my latest practice video, “Wind”, at the end of this post. You will see more of these from time to time.

I've also been making it to a few field trips with the Barbados Photographic Society as well as a few other places with friends. So far, I've been exploring the northern and eastern parts of the island again. We've been to Saint Peter, St. Nicolas Abbey's Heritage Train ride and Andromeda Gardens. Funny enough, video has really reawakened my love for still photography. That seems counter-intuitive but it's true. 

Here's to more enriching projects this year!

Camera and equipment details:
Camera: Nikon D5200

Lenses:  Nikon 50mm F1.8 G Auto Focus-S 

Lighting: Natural Light

Software: Adobe Premiere Elements

Until next time.... 


I don't often revisit a previous theme. I am the kind of person who loves short term projects usually. But when I've found a passion, I can pursue and explore it exhaustively. Such is my recent discovery of PEG Farms Nature Reserve (see last post). Since the initial visit in June, I've made a point to return as often as I can. Fresh air, beautiful surroundings and fresh produce are very inspirational.

It's important to note that sometimes long term projects can lag and lose steam. Your original vision/views can shift or you can lose focus or passion altogether. Therefore it's often good to revisit an idea or a place. Seeing old work through fresh eyes can bring new perspective. If you have realised that this is happening, I've found these 8 steps from Trello to be useful in jumpstarting that creative spark again: 

Camera and equipment details:
Camera: Nikon D5200

Lenses:  Nikon 18-55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom,  Nikon 55-300mm VR DX AF-S, Nikon 85mm F1.8 G Auto Focus-S 

Lighting: Natural Light

Until next time.... 

Down On The Farm

If you have read my bio on this website, you would recall that I am a member of the Barbados Photographic Society (BPS)  and a contributor to the BPS website.  This non-profit club organizes a number of field trips every year around the island. I decided to attend the trip to PEG Farms which is a working biodynamic farm and nature reserve located in the parish of Saint Joseph (the north eastern part of the island). This was my first visit and I was curious to see what it offered. 

It was a very fun morning being out with friends, hiking in nature and enjoying the camaraderie. In fact, some of my favourite field trips of all time have been outdoors in nature. This one did not disappoint in terms of beautiful breathtaking views of the eastern coast of the island. Exercise and fresh air are always restorative for body, mind, spirit and the creative eye.  And if you have friends who are natural comedians, the time passes even better. And the best thing about going to the farm? Well, your $25 entrance fee is redeemable in fresh organic produce. Farm to table indeed. Check out their operation here:

This place easily deserves a revisit, in my opinion. The best times might be in the morning, just after opening around 8:00 AM. Just make sure you avoid the chickens at feeding time.  

Camera and equipment details:
Camera: Nikon D7200
Lenses:  Nikon 18-55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom,  Nikon 55-300mm VR DX AF-S, Nikon 85mm F1.8 G Auto Focus-S
Lighting: Natural Light

Until next time....keep it light.