What can I tell you about this photo? Well, I know it was taken on a boat trip out to a reef in the Red Sea. I’ve been to the Red Sea twice, in 2000 and 2002. I went on boat trips both times and I’m afraid I can’t tell you with any certainty which trip it was. I would guess at the first one.
What does the photo tell you about me? I was skinnier back then. Younger too. These are both obvious statements to make. But it also tells you that I knew nothing about photography. Certainly, a lot less than I know now. Rule Number One: unless there is an arty reason for doing otherwise, always shoot with the sun behind you.
Of course, I didn’t actually take this shot. I gave my camera to someone else. However, I was entirely responsible for choosing the pose and position. And unless the photographer had the ability to hover in mid air over the water, which he or she didn’t, the shot was always going to be a little bit on the dark side.