Archive for December, 2009

I decided to do the first part of the PADI diving course called Discover Scuba Diving (DSD). I went down to the Calypso Diving Centre and got Phil (whom I took photos of his child) to be my instructor. I did the pool exercises okay and then went off to do an open water dive. We went down 6 meters and it was awesome! I must admit that once I started thinking about all the water above me, I felt I needed to go up to the surface. Had a chat with Phil and we went down again. I can see why diving is so popular around the world.

Anyway, after the dive, I headed over to Samba to take photos of the new owners at sunset and a couple of pics of the bar.

I asked one of the waitresses to stand where the sunset was shining light and took this image.

Brady, one of the new owners of Samba. The bar name will most likely change...

Brady and Shawn. Dylan the 3rd owner wasn't around as he was on company business.

Taken just in front of Samba. ISO 800, 1/30 sec, F1.8.

Hmm... let's sit down and have a beer shall we...

I love that late evening blue sky...

Come on... let's have a beer! 😉

A wider shot of the previous photo.

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I decided to take a boat ride up and down the island and see the beach with the golden colours of the sunset. This day was perfect and I was out at 4:30pm for an hour and all I did was shoot with my camera… as well as enjoying the boat trip of course!

Just got on the boat and we're off on the trip...

Willy's island. I used my polarising filter.

The water is so warm and nice here.

I've had a massage under the hut you see on the beach. The first time I had a massage here, I started with an hour massage and then I was so relaxed, that I did another hour 😉 If you look closely, you can see the masseurs on the left side of the hut.

The boat captain taking me around the island. He was good to slow down so I could take pictures in relatively clam conditions.

A typical scene along the beach. At this side of White Beach, the sand is like powder and is totally amazing!

You may remember a photo I took on day 66 where there were some stairs leading down to the water. If you look closely on the left side of this photo you can see the stairs. This is part of the West Cove resort on Diniwid beach.

This is a reminder of the image I talked about in the previous photo. The boat was just past the rock you see on the right part of the photo.

Feel fortunate to be here to spend time on the island looking at sights like this.

The same place and you can just see the stairs going into the water. Seeing the golden colours of the sunset hitting the beach is one of the things I wanted to capture.

This is at a secluded spot further up the island.

Can you imagine staying here...

Sail boats taking tourists on a sunset sail. Similar to what I did the previous week.

The beach front on our way back... The places you see in the right half of the photo are really good places to party!!

The boat captain mooring up on the beach. The hour trip is over.

Other boats also mooring up...

The boat I was in is right where the sun is.

A close up of the boat I was in... literally heading into the sunset 😉

I headed to the Samba bar and took this photo of Jane. Samba has just been sold to 3 New Zealanders aged, 19, 22 & 25.

Later on at Samba was live music. I got one of the new owners to hold the flash and laid on the beach looking up to take this photo. ISO 800, 1/20 sec, F4.

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Another couple on the island asked if I would take photos of their child… Here is a small selection of the photos.

Jasmine with her mother, Tess.

I love Lightroom's split toning feature! You can really control the look of B & W photos.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F2.8.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F2.8.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F4.0. I normally shoot this kind of shot at F2.8 as you can see in the previous 2 frames. This was at F4 for a little more depth of field.

Phill and Tess were great in helping to get the expressions from Jasmine!

I love the way Jasmine hand is out and she appears to be saying something.

I tired different types of angles. This time, I was on the floor looking up.

Now it was time to change the dress to help keep this collection of photos fresh.

The B & W version of this photo worked well too! ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F6.3.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F6.3. I normally would have shot this at F4.

I just love Jasmine's expression and her hands! Another shot I would have taken at F4, but stopped down a bit to F6.3.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F7.1. Now I'm really wanting to see what happens when we have a lot more depth of field. I think this shots works. I think at F4, Phil may have been a bit too out of focus.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F5.6. I like this image as Tess is engaged with the camera and Jasmine is laughing and looking very happy.

ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F5.6. I love this image! There's so many ways to read this photo. All these baby photos were done between 7-9pm at night and I used a single Canon 508EX II speedlite with a 43" shoot through umbrella.

After the baby shoot, I saw a portion of the wall in Phil's apartment and knew I had to do something with it! Got both my flashes out and asked Tess to pose.

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I decided it was time to do a sunset sail… I was expecting to be able to take pictures, but I discovered I had to sit on the thin boom which is about 1.5 feet above the water when sailing. Too risky and my camera isn’t a Canon EOS 1D!

The sail was extremely peaceful and was amazed at how fast the boat could glide through the water. As your going along, you can see the coral beneath you…

Here are a few pics I took after the hour of sailing.

This is the boat I was on. I sat on the boom...

Unfortunately, there was probably too many clouds 😦

Another sail boat wrapping up for the day.

This shows the threatening clouds!

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While I’ve been on the island I’ve met up with some great folks! One of them, Andy, asked me if I could take some photos of his new born baby. I agreed and we finally setup a day to do the shoot. Andy lives here on Boracay and has been here for over 2 years so far…

This is my 3rd baby shoot and I’ve now got a fairly repeatable technique. Photographing Bali was quite challenging for me. She is only 2 weeks old and getting her attention was not the easiest thing to do. Here are a few images from the shoot…

I like this kind of shot because of the softness of the image.

Bali with her Mother, Angela.

Bali being fed by Angela.

I like the closeness of this photograph.

Little Bali in the arms of her mother.

I took these images with flash and camera in manual mode.

I love the position of Bali's little hands! I wish I had taken this frame slightly lower.

Angela changed Bali's outfit into a newly purchased dress.

Feeding time again...

I love taking these kinds of shots where the mother and father are interacting with their child.

I always like to show how small those little hands are!

I just like this photograph...

Family group shot... Bali was getting tired at this point in the shoot. I processed some of the others in Black & white which also worked.

My last photo...

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Day 71 – Puka Beach

Today I decided to head over to Puka Beach on the far side of the island. It has a more deserted feel compared to all the other beaches… one of the reasons for this is that the water currents are much stronger and not really suitable for swimming in. I remember the last time I was on this beach… it was Christmas Eve 2005. A group of us wondered how different things would be on Christmas Eve back home!

I met a Korean on Puka Beach who had some nice camera gear. I lent him my polarising filter and he was delighted with the results!

The couple in this shot are Korean. You often see Korean couples wearing the exactly same clothing outfit.

A sail boat heading off to White Beach.

I just love my polarising filter!!! The blue's in this picture are real and I've not messed with them. The only thing I did to this image was apply a little punch which means a little brightness and contrast. ISO 200, 1/200 sec, F9, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

Some corral stuck on a branch. This is actually part of the Puka Beach sign.

The Puka Beach sign...

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Today I decided to try again and practice shooting basket ball. It is difficult to capture the action shots with the ball in frame. The ball moves around the court a lot faster than you imagine! I’ve also hit the 50,000 frame count on my camera! Another 50,000 and I’ll have to send my camera in for servicing…

ISO 200, 1/1250 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/800 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/1000 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/800 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/2000 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

ISO 200, 1/3200 sec, F2.8, Aperture Priority, +0.3EV.

Today's sunset. I took this while sitting on a nice comfortable chair and having a foot massage on a balcony. ISO 250, 1/60 sec, F22, Manual Mode, roughly -1EV on the camera's exposure meter.

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