The Red Sea

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.


3 thoughts on “The Red Sea

  1. You know, I’ve gotten some pretty darn good photos shooting into the sun. I really like this, gives the feel of total relaxation in the sun; there’s something else about this feeling I can’t quite put into words, but I think it will be one you look back on as years go by and you’ll feel the happy that I think was here.


    • There are definitely times when shooting into the sun produces a winning photo. I like the final result of this one. It does has a certain atmosphere to it. But if you’d seen the original printed copy I scanned. It needed quite a bit of processing to bring me out of the shadows. It certainly brings back happy memories though. Grand times they were!

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  2. Actually, as long as you have a strong enough flash for fill-in, it’s no problem to take such a picture. Of course you already know that now. But I simply leave this here for the benefit of future generations who may stumble across your blog.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we could use a couple fill-in blog posts.


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