Best of Islands On Assignment: Dominican Republic

The Islands on Assignment crew spent a week in the Dominican Republic photographing the island's North coast. The resulting images you see here are the result of working hard and playing harder.


Golden Dolphin Villa

The Golden Dolphin Villa, shown here in a photo taken by workshop attendee Cynthia Hedgecock, was one of two host villas for the event.Cynthia Hedgecock
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Villa Cabo Fino

Villa Cabo Fino was the sister villa for the week and its unique architecture and oceanfront location provided many beautiful photographic opportunities.Joan Lavan
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Sunrise shooting at Villa Cabo Fino

Getting up daily for sunrise turned out to be a worthwhile endeavor for workshop attendee Joan Lavan who captured this cliffside image at Villa Cabo FinoJoan Lavan

Photography lessons at Golden Dolphin Villa

Photographer Jon Whittle and Photo Editor Lori Barbely led daily lessons on photography and photo critiques for workshop attendees.Jay Bitzer

Laguna Grigri

Workshop attendees photographed the locals at play at Laguna Grigri.Cynthia Hedgecock
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Gustavo's Farm

At Gustavo's farm photographers learned about the chocolate making process and indulged in homemade hot chocolate and chocolate coffee. All in the interest of photography, of course.Kimberlie Reinhardt

Local games and culture

Meeting the locals and learning about their culture and local gaming traditions was a highlight for workshop attendees.Joan Lavan
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Playa Grande

Playa Grande was just one of the many beaches that the photographers explored for shooting (and relaxing!)Joanne Mera

At the fish market

Attendee Jay Bitzer captured this shot of a young local boy at the local fish market.Jay Bitzer

Marcel the bartender

The Golden Dolphin's bartender, Marcel, ensured that workshop attendees always had a full glass in their handJay Bitzer

The North coast of the Dominican Republic

Workshop attendee and self-professed beach lover Rick Estee captured this shot of one of the DR's many beautiful beaches.Rick Estee

Baseball in the Dominican Republic

The local baseball team pauses for a moment of prayer before the first pitch is thrown. Baseball is an integral part of the Dominican culture and photographers used their newfound knowledge to shoot the game.Trent Lanz

Photography lessons

Daily photography lessons touched on everything from portraits and macro to food and landscape photography. The small group and the casual setting allowed for one-on-one interaction and ensured that no question went unanswered.Jay Bitzer

Shooting the sea

Attendees put learning into practice as they photographed the ocean with varying shutter speeds to see the different effects produced.Lori Barbely

Looking for the light

Travel photography means shooting from sun up to sun down and everything in between.Trent Lanz
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Perfect Portraits

A smile, a gesture, and a few words of basic Spanish and most locals were more than willing to pose for our photographers.Sheryl Somers Elias

Spa services at the Golden Dolphin Villa

Guests indulged in spa services at the Golden Dolphin Villa.Jay Bitzer
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Befriending the locals

Travel photography means being flexible. While enroute to Gustavo's farm, one of our vans pulled over after spotting this young boy on his horse. Their flexibility and the few minutes spent with him produced some great portraits.Kimberlie Reinhardt

Catch of the Day

Being quick on your feet and looking for the light are two important photography lessons that the attendees put into practice while shooting at a local fish market.Lori Barbely

Waiting for the fish to come in

While waiting for the fishing boats to come in, photographers had a lot of time to scope out the fish market and capture some great details.Rick Estee

Beautiful beaches

Beautiful beaches are the stuff of a travel photographer's dreams. And the DR has no shortage of them.Lori Barbely

Decisions, decisions

Photograph it or lounge around on it? Such are the choices that a travel photographer must make. In the case of Islands on Assignment, we chose both!Sandra Brown

Any moment can be a lesson

A local man becomes part of the lesson as Jon teaches the workshop attendees about on-location portrait lighting.Lori Barbely

Laying down on the job

Our local guide, Charlie, grabs a rare moment of relaxation while the photographers capture the scenic beauty of Laguna Grigri.Sandra Brown

Leap of faith

Not content to let the locals have all the fun, workshop attendee Rick Estee gets ready to take the plunge from Saltidero Waterfall.Jon Whittle

Sharing shots with the locals

People love to see photos of themselves. Workshop attendee Cynthia Hedgecock shares her shots with these young men who had just jumped off the waterfall moments earlier.Lori Barbely
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Plenty of fun to be had

While their significant others were out taking photographs, the "plus ones" enjoyed a boat tour and a day on a private beach with a well-stocked cooler and snacks.Joanne Mera
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Cultural Immersion

Little towns on the DR's North coast are full of photographic opportunities.Sheryl Somers Elias

Saltidero Waterfall

Local kids spend their days jumping from and then scrambling back up these stunning falls.Christine Doughty

Sipping on sweet stuff

Everything tastes better with chocolate. Even the already delicious local coffee.Christine Doughty

Lifelong friendships

Beyond the photography lessons learned and the Presidentes consumed, the group left the DR with something even more valuable: great memories and lasting friendships.