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A good picture is better than a long speech.
Napoleon Bonaparte

With such a variety of scenery and outdoor activities compressed into such a small space, St Helena offers much to the keen photographer, of whatever level of experience.

This page is in indexes: Island Activity, Island Detail

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Photo Opportunity: The Carnival procession, in upper Jamestown [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Photo Opportunity: The Carnival procession, in upper Jamestown

Opportunities For Photographers

The Christmas-Eve Parade in Jamestown [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
The Christmas-Eve Parade in Jamestown
James Bay and the RMS, from Shy Road [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
James Bay and the RMS, from Shy Road
Flowers growing at Napoleon’s Tomb [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Flowers growing at Napoleon’s Tomb
Sunset [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Sunset{a}
The Peaks, from the road to Blue Hill [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
The Peaks, from the road to Blue Hill
Sunset, over James Bay [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Sunset, over James Bay
A visiting sailing ship [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
A visiting sailing ship

From the vibrant colours of a parade in Jamestown to the natural landscapes of the peaks, via seascapes, cliffs, fields, woodlands, flora and fauna of many kinds, there is plenty to attract the eye of the photographer, even without straying far from the road. And with a little walking some remarkable views can be found.

What To Bring

In addition to your camera, a lightweight tripod may be helpful - many colourful activites occur during the cool of the early evening and darkness falls by 7pm even in mid-summer.

If you are going hiking, make sure you have a sturdy and waterproof case for your camera and accessories which can be slung rucksack-style on your back, as some of the tracks require the use of both hands for comfortable walking.

Basic supplies and equipment for digital cameras can be obtained on St Helena, including standard batteries and spare memory cards of most common types.

At the moonbeamsforall.com • Moonbeams Shop • opens in a new window or tab [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]Moonbeams Shop you can: print your digital photos; copy the contents of you camera’s memory card to CD or DVD, thus freeing space for more photos; and get help with minor camera problems.

If your camera takes standard disposable batteries you can buy these here, but if your camera uses rechargeable batteries don’t forget your battery charger! You will almost certainly not be able to buy a replacement on the island and the best you can hope for is that someone here has the same camera as you and can lend you a charger. If bringing a battery charger or other outlet-powered equipment please note that the electricty supply on St Helena is 240v 50Hz, though most accommodations will provide 110v via a shaver-socket.

Please be aware that chemical film processing is not available on the island. If you still use chemical film, bring lots of rolls and a secure container to transport them home for processing.

Scenic view across ‘Old Woman Valley’, featuring ‘High Hill’ [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Scenic view across ‘Old Woman Valley’, featuring ‘High Hill’

Top Twenty things to do [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Taking photographs is one of our Top Twenty things to do during a visit to St Helena.

Top Twenty things to do [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Photo examples

To see more photographs of St Helena go to one of our image pages:

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Information Index • Start here… [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Information Index

Start here…

Pictures • A picture paints a thousand words [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Pictures

A picture paints a thousand words

Picture Gallery • Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Picture Gallery

Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images

Historic Picture Gallery • Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Historic Picture Gallery

Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images

Slide Show • Automated picture show in random sequence [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Slide Show

Automated picture show in random sequence

Historic Images Slide Show • Automated historic image show in random sequence [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Historic Images Slide Show

Automated historic image show in random sequence

Today’s Images • Look at what we feature [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Today’s Images

Look at what we feature

Postcards of St Helena • Old…and older [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

Zzyzx • Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]

Zzyzx

Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

 

Flagstaff and The Barn, from Diana’s Peak, with Longwood in the middle-ground [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Flagstaff and The Barn, from Diana’s Peak, with Longwood in the middle-ground

If you have a photo to share that we can add to our gallery or use in our pages please email it to us{1}

Images from various photographers

Go to: MJ LtdAndrew / Peter NeaumPrize Winner, 2009

MJ Ltd

Merrill Joshua has kindly allowed us to use some of his photographs, as below:

St Helena Woodcraft [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
St Helena Woodcraft{b}

The Peaks [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
The Peaks{b}

Cannon at the wharf [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Cannon at the wharf{b}

Welcome to Half Tree Hollow! [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Welcome to Half Tree Hollow!{b}

Moto-Cross in action [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Moto-Cross in action{b}

“ Eden ” [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Eden{b}

Andrew / Peter Neaum

St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1982 [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1982{c}

Pre-1989 St. Mary’s, The Briars [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Pre-1989 St. Mary’s, The Briars{c}

Napoleon Street, 1982 [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Napoleon Street, 1982{c}

Manati Bay and Speery Island [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Manati Bay and Speery Island{c}

Prize Winner, 2009

The photograph below, by Ed Thorpe, was judged the best photgraph submitted from St Helena from the World Wide Photo Walk in July 2009. It was selected because it beautifully captured the essence of Jamestown. “It is an eclectic mix of old and new: 19 rooftops huddled together in the constricts of the valley.{8}

‘19 Dusty Rooftops’ [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
‘19 Dusty Rooftops’{d}

For tips on better photography see moonbeamsforall.com/photographytips.htm.

Our first photographer?

John Isaac Lilley may have been St Helena’s first proper photographer{7}, though he was only an amateur.

Lilley was Assistant Superintendent of the Military Store in Jamestown between 1861 and 1866, and immediately upon his arrival began photographing the island. In July 1863 he claimed to have invested some £300{6} and two years’ labour on his project, stating that his were the first photographs ever taken of St Helena on 11x9inch ‘high resolution’ plates{5}.

Around 140 of Lilley’s gold-toned albumen prints are believed to have survived. Digital copies of some of his work appear below{2}:

The Castle and fortifications [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
The Castle and fortifications

Soldiers at Deadwood [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Soldiers at Deadwood

Lemon Valley [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Lemon Valley

Longwood House [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Longwood House

Longwood New House [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Longwood New House

Lower Jamestown [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Lower Jamestown

Mundens Fort [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Mundens Fort

Shipping, James’ Bay [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Shipping, James’ Bay

St. James’ [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
St. James’

St. Paul’s Cathedral [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
St. Paul’s Cathedral

Ladder Hill before Signal House [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
Ladder Hill before Signal House

The Briars Pavilion [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
The Briars Pavilion

According to Robin Castell:

The earliest known photograph taken in St Helena is that of Jane Matilda Stace in the year 1856. It was taken by G.W. Melliss (John Melliss’ father) at Oak Bank.

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Article: “How to photograph all of St Helena in one go!

Published on earthobservatory.nasa.gov 7th May 2009{2}

St Helena from space [Saint Helena Island Info:Photography]
St Helena from space{e}

Saint Helena Island, located in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1,860 kilometres west of Africa, was one of the many isolated islands that naturalist Charles Darwin visited during his scientific voyages in the nineteenth century. He visited the island in 1836 aboard the HMS Beagle, recording observations of the plants, animals, and geology that would shape his theory of evolution. This image was acquired by astronauts onboard the International Space Station as part of an ongoing effort (the HMS Beagle Project) to document current biodiversity in areas visited by Charles Darwin.

This astronaut photograph shows the island’s sharp peaks and deep ravines; the rugged topography results from erosion of the volcanic rocks that make up the island. The change in elevation from the coast to the interior creates a climate gradient. The higher, wetter center is covered with green vegetation, whereas the lower coastal areas are drier and hotter, with little vegetation cover. Human presence on the island has also caused dramatic changes to the original plants and animals of the island. Only about 10 percent of the forest cover observed by the first explorers now remains in a semi-natural state, concentrated in the interior highlands.

Saint Helena Island is perhaps best known as the place where Napoleon Bonaparte I of France was exiled following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815; he died and was buried on the island in 1821. Later, his remains were returned to France. Today, the island is a British Overseas Territory, with access provided thirty times a year by a single ship, the Royal Mail Ship St Helena.

Astronaut photograph ISS019-E-14918 was acquired on May 7, 2009, with a Nikon 2DXs digital camera fitted with a 400mm lens, and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by the Expedition 19 crew. The image in this article has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast. Lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station Program supports the laboratory to help astronauts take pictures of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to make those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Caption by William L. Stefanov, NASA-JSC.

Instrument(s): ISS - Digital Camera

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Credits:

{a} Geoff Benjamin

{b} MJ Ltd.

{c} Andrew Neaum / Peter Neaum

{d} Ed Thorpe

{e} Earth Observatory, taken from the ISS



Footnotes:

{1} We cannot pay for photos but we do credit the photographer

{2} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged

{3} Father of John Melliss.

{4} Source: www.measuringworth.com.

{5} He did admit that a few “small views” had previously been taken by “other amateurs

{6} But as that’s about £200,000 at today’s prices{4} we doubt his figures!

{7} It is said that the illustrations in ‘Views of St Helena’, by G.W. Melliss{3}, published in 1857 were drawn from original photograps, but if this is true the photographs no longer survive so G.W. Melliss{3} loses out to Lilley, in our opinion.

{8} Taken from the St Helena Herald, 21st August 2009. {2}



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