While doing some scouting for a viable location in the East part of Trinidad for a portrait shoot, I thought of Lopinot. I hadn’t been there in several years (about 18-20 years) and I decided to make a road trip to reconnoiter the area with my wife Mariana.
Thank goodness for Waze because neither Mariana nor I knew the way to Lopinot! The drive was quite long but very scenic. It reminded me of the drive to Maracas mixed with the locales from Chaguaramas.
We made a few stops here and there to take a rest from the drive. We also made one wrong turn as Waze didn’t have the actual park stored in its database so we were just going to “Lopinot”. We asked the locals where to head and as usual, a country mile is something far different to a city mile. The woman told us to turn right “just up the road” which ended up being a fair way away. We nearly missed said turn due to it appearing to be a narrower road appearing to head towards a residential area.
All in all, we ended up at the location easily and there was a very limited number of parking spots available just outside the Lopinot park area itself.
The very first sight seen while entering was this photograph of the Lopinot main bridge and house.
The tree coverage caused dappled lighting throughout most of the area, providing adequate shade. I also took a few shots of my wife while walking around to check things out and check my compositions and framing. All photos taken were with natural light only and a semi-wide lens.
This shot is from the bridge itself.
When we entered into the house, we found out it was some sort of museum. There were other persons inside the house so we decided to take this shot (below) outside so as to not be intrusive.
Mariana found some flowers near the side of the the house and I decided to use it as a compositional element within the frame.
While at the location, we found that certain areas had a lot of ants nests which Mariana unfortunately fell victim to and two of them gave her a nasty nip which hurt a lot. Shoes (not slippers) recommended!
Eventually, the client decided not to do the shoot in the East anymore, but we still had a nice road trip to Lopinot and I got some beautiful photos 🙂