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L ocated on the outskirts of Roseau, the capital of the spectacular and rugged island of Dominica, the Fort Young Hotel was built around the walls of the old 18th century fort, with many of the original features of the fort being retained in the public areas of the property. In addition to its charming character, the uniqueness of the Fort Young Hotel is it's wide range of facilities, making it a perfect home- away- from- home for business travellers as well as those looking for relaxation, fi ne- dining, luxury and comfort… with great opportunities to discover the beauty of Dominica under and above the water. Each of the 71 luxuriously- appointed rooms have everything the seasoned traveller expects, including a writing desk, cable television, direct dial telephones and wireless/ DSL Internet so you can always keep in touch with home or the offi ce; and most enjoy a view over the calm blue Caribbean Sea. With Roseau and the majority of the island's businesses just a few minutes away, business travellers will appreciate the convenience of staying at the Fort Young Hotel. In addition to the in- room services, the hotel also offers business guests the use of a business centre, secretarial services and conference and meeting rooms. Five such rooms offer multiple settings and capacities from small intimate sessions to large functions and conferences. The Waterfront restaurant is the perfect venue for a culinary discovery. Start your morning with a wide selection from the breakfast buffet, with made- to- order omelettes or eggs done to style and taste. Buffet lunches are prepared during the week with a different theme each day. For dinner the restaurant offers local and international cuisine with an extensive wine list to complete the gastronomic journey. The Balas lounge bar is noted for its exotic island cocktails and potent Rum Punch. In between meals relax, enjoy and revive your body and mind. An excursions desk can arrange tours around the island. Dominica is a place where man and nature live in harmony; adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the island's eco- tourism options, which include scuba diving, snorkelling, mountain- biking, kayaking, horseback-riding, nature tours, hiking/ trekking, sailing, fi shing and watching whales, dolphins and birds. Want to relax? Enjoy the serenity of the swimming pool while viewing the sea, hills and architectural details of the hotel. Rejuvenite your body and mind in the massage and beauty centre, or relax on the jacuzzi deck in one of the three whirlpools. Duty free shopping complements the distinctiveness of the Fort Young Hotel, a place unlike anything else on the island. Whether you are coming to Dominica for business, looking for adventure or leisure, staying at the Fort Young Hotel is the logical choice. January - March 2009 lime 25 SPONSORED PROMOTION Y For bookings and inquiries please contact your favourite travel partner, or call ( 767) 448 5000 ext. 7131, e- mail sales@ fortyounghotel. com or visit the website www. fortyounghotel. com. THE FORT YOUNG HOTEL EXPERIENCE For business and leisure travellers alike

Keen on capturing this wonderful region on camera? So let's share it! We're launching a photography competition to encourage you all to grab your cameras and start taking pictures of this place you call home… In each issue of LiME a new category will be promoted, with four categories being featured throughout the year. The winner of each category will win a luxurious weekend get away for two people, including fl ights courtesy of LIAT, plus there'll be an amazing grand prize for the overall victor. So make sure you keep an eye on each edition of LIME, and visit www. lime- magazine. com for full details and terms and conditions… Fancy yourself as a photographer? 26 lime January - March 2009 PiCTURE PERFECT Alex Smaile's top tips for great carnival photography Nothing can quite prepare you for shooting carnival – it is three to four days of sensory overload. PROGRAMME With so much going on, it should in theory be easy to capture amazing imagery. It is a visual feast, but preparation is key. Try and get a programme of events in advance – there are some great under- publicised events where you can see the ' ole time mas' caricatures, such as bats, devils and over plump ladies. TIP: some may not be ladies. WHERE TO GO There are judging points along the route, which are often the best places to glimpse the full scale of bands. This is where the music is pumped up, drinks drunk and the dancing starts. One of the best ways to shoot carnival is by signing up in a band and walking in costume with your camera. TIP: often there are a lot of security and fences around judging points; if you get a good spot up front, stick with it until you feel for a change of scenery. FOCUS With so much going on around you it can be overwhelming. I split my shooting into two mindsets. A: the band action; B: behind the scenes, where there are just as many wonderful moments – children dancing, exotic food vendors, band members lost, sleeping, the odd devil skulking through a crowd. ENDURANCE It is important that you are prepared for the physical aspects of carnival. Keep well hydrated with bottled water and wear good sunblock. If you don't feel you got a lot of good images from Monday. Don't worry there is still Tuesday! TIP: watch your alcohol consumption, it creeps up on you in the sun... KIT If you think you will not be moving much, it is fi ne to bring your favourite lenses and extras. If you want to be in the trenches, strip your kit down to basics, i. e., only use two lens & fl ash for fi ll. Sacrifi ce an old camera body, which you can just wipe down after. Another great option is use your point and shoot, many can give great quality and size. TIP: Leave your expensive looking camera behind and fi nd an old bag to disguise your kit. TECHNICAL SUN Due to the harsh tropical sun, a fl ash is always benefi cial to have on hand. I do like the dark shadows the Caribbean produces, but sometimes you want to capture the bright colours and eyes of your subjects. If you underexpose your picture and have fl ash on full power you can quickly pick up dark blue skies, bright faces and costumes. MOVEMENT Some cameras have drag fl ash settings, or you can slow sync your shutter speed; this is nice for representing movement – everything in Carnival moves. Images that are static tend not to convey the power and motion. DETAILS A medium zoom is good for capturing faces, emotions and details. Also if you fi nd a wall or stadium to stand on, a bit of height can capture the full scale of 6000 people jumping down the street. If you get close enough you can convey the sheer size of the bands. Carnival Our second category in this year's photo competition is carnival: this includes anything to do with preparation, making costumes, parades, dancing, partying... With carnival season about to take off, you should have plenty of material to work with. To help you with some top tips, we sought advice ( and the sample images shown) from photographer Alex Smailes, who is responsible for some amazing photos of Trinidad Carnival ( check out www. alexsmailes. com and www. abovegroup. com). PHOTO COMPETITION 2009