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El Yunque National Forest Photography Hot Spot

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El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Luquillo National Forest and the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System. The forest is commonly known as El Yunque, which may be attributed to either a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taíno word yu-ke which means “white lands”, or the word “anvil,” which is Yunque in Spanish. The second-tallest mountain within El Yunque is also named El Yunque. El Yunque National Rainforest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo mountains, encompassing 28,000 acres of land, making it the largest block of public land in Puerto Rico. El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest rises 3,494 ft above sea level. Ample rainfall (over 200 inches a year in some areas) creates a jungle-like setting — lush foliage, crags, waterfalls, and rivers are a prevalent sight. The forest has a number of trails from which the jungle-like territory’s flora and fauna can be appreciated. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taíno petroglyphs.

Bring your rain sleeve, tripod, and neutral density filters. There is a lot of moving waters here to get some nice long exposure with the milky waters. Stay at Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn and also do sunrise photography on the beach!!

El Yunque National Forest Photography Hot Spot – Juan Diego Falls – Our favorite spot

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There is a gift shop, and a visitors center to go to before you head into the forest. You can get a map, watch a movie and get all of your questions answered. It is $4.00 to enter.

The Yokahú Tower is one of the two observation towers located in the park. Constructed in 1963, it is widely considered the better of the two with regard to the view offered. The other tower, Mount Britton Tower, is situated at a higher altitude. Owing to this, the view from it is frequently obscured by cloud cover. When it comes to convenience, Yokahú Tower again has an advantage over the Mount Britton Tower. Yokahú Tower has a parking lot nearby whereas the Britton Tower is in the middle of the forest.

There will be some stops along the way for food. Check out our food section below for some info.

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Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn

Fabulous price. Fabulous Service. Stay here.

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Visitors Center – You can watch a movie here.

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The gift shop has some neat things.

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A short distance up the steps and you come to this very interesting location.

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Photography Information

Lens: Generally this area is a wide angle lens location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, shutter release, wide angle and zoom lens. CPL filters will help you to create dynamic images. We recommend never shooting outdoors without one. They will make your white puffy clouds whiter, take the silver glare off of waters and replace it with a beautiful reflection. If you have moving waters at the location you will want to have your neutral density filters with you to get the long exposure, milky water effect.

When to Go: Any time of year. It is a tourist location, so midweek is best off season. Summer can be sweltering of course.

Camera Settings:

Aperture Priority – It is used to get your depth of field (control how much is in focus from your subject back). You will want to do some shots at the hyperfocal distance. That means your subject to infinity is in focus. Most formulas of hyperfocal distance, which are very complicated, lead you back to f8, f11 or f13.  If your shutter speed drops to 1/30th sec. or lower you will need to put your camera on a tripod.  The higher the f-number, the less light that will come in and your shutter speed will drop to let more light in.

When doing certain shots such as flowers, you might want the opposite effect. That is when your subject is in complete focus, and the background is totally blurred called the bokeh effect. You will use your lowest F-number such as 2.8, or 3.5. Go as low as your particular lens will allow. I shoot with a 2.8 lens when I want this effect. This allows for a lot of light to come in since your aperture is wide open at this setting so you are less likely to need a tripod and it gives a great blur effect.

Shutter Priority – If you have moving subjects such as the birds flying by you want to shoot in shutter priority to be sure they come out clear. When people are walking through, shoot at 1/250th sec. and adjust the ISO accordingly. If individuals or animals are running by, up it to 1/500th sec. and if it’s a bright sunny day, go as high as 1/1000th sec. to get the birds crystal clear as they fly by here.

Manual Mode – To do your long exposure running, milky water shots you have to use a tripod.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or the lowest your camera will allow. Aperture is always f22. (It lets the least amount of light in). Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also avoid camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 2-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. Get a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine, a ND 1.2 and a ND8 for shorter exposures. If you can only afford to buy one, go with the 1.2.

See our How to Shoot Waterfall Photography Page for more details.

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Stay here and only here. It’s that simple.

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We foud it to be the best place with the best rates and great service!

Hotel Information: Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn

“It has a great location for photography of the sunrise on the beach, El Yunque National Forest and local culture.” We also did some night photography in front of the Inn.  We really cannot say enough great things about it. We had the cottage in the back. Oceanfront hotel with easy access to bio-bays, ferries, rain-forest, and local food kiosks. The open terrace overlooking the Luquillo Beach hosts free-hot-breakfast and a hammock for relaxation. You can walk down to the nearby beach for snorkeling or drive down to nearby kiosks for local delicacies.

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Stay here when visiting El Yunque National Forest. Do some local beach photography and have a really great breakfast.

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Feet from our hotel we did sunrise photography.

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We also did night photography.

Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: El Yunque National Forest – There are no entrance fees to the park. If you would like to visit the visitors center there is a $4.00 fee to enter.

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 Restaurants:

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We stopped here while at El Yunque National Forest. No one acknowledged us. No one looked us in the eye. No one cared that we were starving. No one helped us so we left. It is also expensive. This is right next to the parking lot for the main waterfall trail.

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Do Not Go Here.

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Eat here. La Muralla – El Yunque National Forest

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