vacation snapshots

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  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    this vacation wasn't going to be about photography for me. I just needed to relax and forget about work and looking after my parents. Here I'll share some snaps I grabbed with my newly acquired little Olympus TG-850 (because everyone should have a camera that goes underwater). I apologize in advance for gratuitous use of art filters. Also, nearly every shot I share here will be SOOC....... this vacation was not about photography and I am treating these just like point and shoot snapshots. I may edit some a later date, but I wanted to share them while they were fresh.

    Here's my wife waiting for the ferry to take us from St. Thomas to St. John where we stayed for a week. (dramatic tone filter abuse)
    15899911048_9267873ac1_c.jpg PC130053 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    macro of palm tree bark while waiting for ferry (grainy b/w filter)
    16086637292_07e404c7e1_c.jpg PC130060 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    selfie with wife on the ferry as sun goes down (dramatic tone filter)
    15899919068_6e350f06a8_c.jpg PC130063 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    last light on our first day and we are nearly to our destination.....we left the house at 3:30 a.m........ St. John is a LONG ways from Wisconsin (SOOC)
    16085444501_0e66390949_c.jpg PC130073 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    next day, time to hit the pool (and take the new camera underwater for the first time!)
    15399698694_d0b9214d75_c.jpg PC140101 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    and here's my lovely wife trying out her GoPro underwater (I still haven't seen any of her shots....and I don't think she has either)
    15900104870_3ac48d8a14_c.jpg PC140105 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    these iguanas hang out by the pool most of the time. I thought the dramatic tone filter made them look more prehistoric.
    16085448391_fb0fd5f55a_c.jpg PC140076 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    there were quite a few cats on the grounds of the hotel. This one was pretty friendly and I loved his/her markings
    15846237337_c7d9e18dde_c.jpg PC150228 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    my wife snapped this one of me when we were going snorkeling......
    15901685117_216c862140_c.jpg PC160234 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    our main goal of the trip was to see a sea turtle (since we had been shut-out on sea turtle sightings on 2 previous trips to Hawaii). We found one on our second day. Adding up everything spent on those 3 vacations means this was one VERY expensive photo.
    15901708677_87d17a74f5_c.jpg PC160247 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    so the very least I can do is correct the AWB and improve the contrast......
    15901377119_e302efa229_c.jpg PC160247 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    after all that swimming, I was kind of thirsty. One thing I can attest to is that there is no shortage of rum in the Caribbean (although they may be a little low after my visit:wink:).
    15893478160_c17db231b2_c.jpg rum punch by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    After a day of playing with the camera in saltwater, it's good to give the camera a good rinse.....
    15417477493_9fa19a288a_c.jpg don't forget to rinse off your camera by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    That's it for round one..... I'll update with some more when time permits.
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  2. christilou

    christilou Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Really nice colour but the best one is the b & w underwater snap ;)
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  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    You're doing vacation right. Love the turtle shot!
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  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    As a "photograph", which you were trying to avoid doing, the macro of the palm tree is definitely my favorite...

    But as vacation snaps, they're all wonderful and show the good time you were obviously having. And, my, that iguana has a friendly smile!

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  5. Very nice, looks like a lovely trip.
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  6. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Good to see you relaxing and sharing the fun with us.
  7. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Looks like you're having a blast! Have fun!
  8. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Sometimes we get so wrapped around gear and images that we totally miss the fun of the moment!