Shoot or swim?


When you’ve got islands, unless they are rock formations protruding out from the sea, then you’ve got beaches. What do you do? Plunge right into those inviting waters? Shoot First, Swim Later was the title of my post last October 30, 2012. I’m reposting it:

My country, the Philippines, has 7,100 islands. Put all those coastlines together and it will stretch for 23,000 kilometers, the third longest in the world. As a tropical country, it’s literally beach time all year round. Hence the beach, found everywhere, pristine in its natural beauty, is a mainstay subject of mine. Water, sand, sea, tides, shells, corals, sunny skies, palm trees, all these converge to create an inviting, colorful and exotic environ deserving of the pages of a travel magazine. In fact, we have some of the best beach and diving locations in the world. So how exactly do we photograph the beach, coast and shorelines? We know these images as seascapes. Darren Rowse, founder of the online Digital Photography School, jots down 10 Beach Photography Tips which include looking for focal points, watching the horizon, using flash and filters, utilizing black and white and many others. Unless you live there right by the sea, the chance to be at a scenic coastline or beach must not be passed up. You will be guided by your accumulated knowledge of what to shoot, when to shoot and things to look out for to get that postcard-perfect shot. (Photo location: Alubihod Beach, Guimaras Island)


13 responses

  1. Do both!

    August 13, 2013 at 12:48 am

    • Junsjazz

      Me too…but I’ll shoot first 🙂

      August 13, 2013 at 12:50 am

      • Hmm, that depends 🙂

        August 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

  2. A real dilemma. Just keep in mind — either the good shots or a good swim — you can’t have it all.

    August 13, 2013 at 1:10 am

    • Junsjazz

      You have a point there Elmer. Thanks!

      August 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

  3. Shoot first, swim after!

    August 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

    • Junsjazz

      That’s my preference too! Thanks Soonie!

      August 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

  4. There is time to shoot, swim and read a good book, a magical place. 😉

    August 13, 2013 at 2:52 am

    • Junsjazz

      I like all those activities, and add a couple of cold beer…perfect! 🙂 Thanks Cruz!

      August 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

  5. breathtaking shot…first you go for a long walk along the beach taking photos, then you relax on the beach and read a book! what could be better???

    August 13, 2013 at 3:57 am

    • Junsjazz

      Get a banca (small motorized boat) and go to the islands on the horizon…island-hopping! Nah, that’s too much of an effort reserved for some other day. I go with your suggestions and while the time away…shoot, swim and yes read a book. Thanks Heather!

      August 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

  6. I’d swim first then run back to get my camera ^_^

    August 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

  7. Shoot. Then swim.

    August 30, 2013 at 4:23 am

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