You’re on a beach getaway and would love to come back with some killer photos from the day you spent snorkelling or scuba diving in turquoise blue waters. Here are five basic tips to help you get those shots.
- Make sure your camera is sealed in a watertight case.
- Use anti-fog droplets on the lens before putting the camera in the watertight case.
- Shoot parallel to the ground and lower. Don’t point your camera into the light! The light should always be to the side or behind you.
- Have some kind point of reference so that we can tell where we are. This could be showing a hint of the ocean floor, a reef, the surface of the water above you, etc. Unless your motivation is to make a picture that feels like oblivion.
- Adjust the white balance (if your camera model has this feature). Without it, the picture will come out very bluey-green. White balancing will tone that down to give you truer colors, which is great if you don’t have Photoshop or any other picture-editing software.
Photo credit: Wiki user Nick Hobgood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Reefscape.jpg
Check out National Geographic’s David Doubilet for some excellent underwater photography.
Plum Island is a barrier island located on the north eastern coast of Massachusetts. It is only about 11 miles in length bordered by the Merrimack River to the north and the Ipswich River to the south. Ron Risman‘s video “Day on the Beach – Plum Island” does a fantastic job of capturing the feeling of being there. Check out UpTake’s full list of things to do and places to stay here.
In early March 2011 we had the chance to go to Puerto Rico for a few days. It was great to get some sun and the food there was fantastic (if you don’t mind fried…well, everything). We had a car for one day and decided to go to a stretch of beach not too far away from San Juan, Condado and the Isla Verde area. This stretch of beach is called Piñones and the best thing about this area are all the street food vendors that line up along the side of the road.
I’m a sucker for anything overlooking the ocean but the Piere Giorgio Restaurant (La Puntilla de Piergiorgio) could possibly be one of the most romantic restaurants on this planet. I recommend going for dinner and particularly during sunset preferably with a date (of course). It is authentic Italian fare made with the freshest ingredients from the sea and imported from Italy. I know that I’ve always been an advocate of engaging yourself wholeheartedly in local cuisine (local everything actually) but this time; I would probably make an exception. In fact I, if you are able to secure the table under the gazebo, you would be in perfect form. Below is a video from Vimeo user Viacon Dima – it is a single shot of the restaurant but in its simplicity it conveys the feeling of being there quite well.