Cruisin’ For Photo Opportunities;Island Hopping Offers A Variety Of Photographic Subjects Page 2

For sharp aerial shots, use a shutter speed of at least 1/1000 sec and make sure that no part of your upper body touches the chopper. If it does, the vibration of the engine may cause a blurry picture. Also, pay extra attention to the horizon line. It should be level in your pictures although, as you know, that's easy enough to fix later using the Measure tool if you work in Photoshop.

Onboard The Constellation
After my days of shooting on the islands, I'd spend some time in the ship's The Bar at the Edge of the Earth and in the ship's theater photographing the Cirque du Soleil performers. Here are two of my favorite photographs:
I took this available light picture of Cirque du Soleil performer Olga with my Canon EOS-1D Mark II set at ISO 1600, which offers minimal noise even at high ISO settings. Had I used a low-end compact digital camera, the noise at even an ISO setting of 400 in the low-light conditions (where noise is more visible) would have been noticeable. Minimal noise at high ISO settings is one reason why pros use digital SLRs. In addition, I used my Canon 70-200mm IS lens for steady shots.

The background was a bit distracting at the ship's The Bar at the Edge of the Earth because it was filled with people socializing.

Basically, to get a dark background in low-light situations, set the ISO at 100, put the camera on the Program mode, activate the flash in the TTL (Through The Lens metering mode), and shoot. That's what I did for this photograph.

In low-light situations like this, the background goes dark because when we turn on the flash, the camera usually sets the shutter speed at 1/60 sec (or higher) and sets a medium f/stop--the right shutter speed/f/stop combination for the "correct" exposure of the subject, but one that is too low to expose the background "correctly."

Barbados--If you like photographing wildlife, you'll enjoy a visit to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Wild green monkeys (I know, they don't look green), which seem to pose for visitors, are the main attraction. You'll need a telephoto zoom in the 200-400mm range to fill the frame with the monkeys, which come relatively close to visitors. A flash will help you get good shots of the monkeys in the shade. Bring a plastic bag to cover your camera in case it rains. I photographed this monkey with my Canon EOS-1D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm IS (Image Stabilizer) lens, and Canon Speedlite 550EX flash.

Important Photo Tip!
You heard me suggest taking a plastic bag with you when going out shooting in the tropics. Please heed this advice and stuff a small plastic bag in your pocket or camera bag. It can make the difference between shooting and not shooting in the tropics.

Okay, time for me (and maybe you) to plan my next trip.

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