St. John’s Cinnamon Bay Trail

 (Kathryn Wagner)

As a travel photographer, one of my favorite overlook’s within the Virgin Islands National Park is on the Cinnamon Bay Trail. This vista is well worth the climb, as you are able to take in all of Cinnamon Bay as well as Peter Bay. For a fun full day out one can hike the Cinnamon Bay trail in the morning, and then catch the bus from Centerline road, where the trail ends. You can then go out to Coral Bay for an afternoon of hamburgers at Skinny Legs or head back to Cruz Bay. No matter what you might choose to do, be sure to allow plenty of time to stop to take in the very same view that many of the Danish colonists likely saw back in the 1700’s.

Gather your inspiration…

“As great a picture can be made as one’s mental capacity–no greater. Art cannot be taught; it must be self-inspiration, though the imagination may be fired and the ambition and work directed by the advice and example of others.”Edward Weston

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”Jean-Luc Godard

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask “how,” while others of a more curious nature will ask “why.” Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”Man Ray

“Photographers should actively look for ideas, attitudes, images, influences from the very best photographers of all ages. You cannot learn in a vacuum. The whole history of photography is a free and open treasure trove of inspiration. It would be masochistic to deny its riches and usefulness.”David Hurn, On Being a Photographer : A Practical Guide by David Hurn, Bill Jay

I feel strongly that as a creative professional one must gather their inspirations as a means of professional and personal development. This is an ongoing task, which can be achieved through many different methods. I benefit most when attending a semi annual, or annual event, and my time is dedicated to a concentrated gathering of ideas. Read More