I start the day off at the typical swim stop while trying to get this photo below.
The struggle of holding my breath, lining up the shot and then the pressure on my ears did not make this shot easy. Everybody has see amazing underwater photography. But no one really knows the struggle of achieving a great photo underwater. I have yet to scuba dive, so I can not say the challenge in that, but with free diving, it is exhausting. I would like to think that I am a fairly decent swimmer, but when it comes to holing my breath, I cannot hold it as long as I would like to.
I had the gorpo setup so that it was shooting a continuous photo every second. Since it is shooting so fast, I also had the picture profile set to a flat profile because RAW is not an option. The issue with shooting in this burst mode is that once the gopro has started shooting, the screen goes black, so the whole time I am just blind firing hoping to get something. And because of this blind fire, I need to attempt taking the photo a ton of times because I needed more luck on my side than usual.
We then port at the island of Korčula and our first excursion was a buggy tour with Korčula Buggy
So everybody loads up in these buggies while our guide that was leading us was in a smart car………. In the beginning, I was getting frustrated because I was wondering where this smart car was going to take us because it should not be able to do pretty much anything off road. We were just driving on asphalt for a while and I had no idea why we even had to be in these buggies if were were only going to drive on pavement. Well, eventually we did get to some gravel road and started going in the back country. I was not expecting to do anything crazy off road, but at least this back country is what I expected to see. I was actually surprised to see the smart car still leading us through these roads because I would think that the rough terrain would not be good for the suspension.
I do not want to spoil of exactly what we did on the tour because that is something that you would have to go see for yourself. But we ended up seeing great landscape, a vineyard along with a couple of historical sites that our guide was knowledgeable on.
Close to the end of the tour, we stopped at a local beach where the adults stayed at the bar while I went down to the water and saw an image that I wanted to capture. Lately, I have been fascinated with abstract water photos and I saw that there was a bunch of rocks in the water while the sun was directly overhead. So I wanted to see what it would look like if I was exposing for the brightness of the reflection of the sun.
I probably took about 1000 photos trying to get a decent photo. It was hard to see the screen on my camera because I had the camera close to the water and I could not lay down to see the image. So this was similar to the mornings gopro photo issue of not being able to see the screen except I was able to see it just enough to compose a shot. I was trying different methods of manually focusing, auto focus, different angles close focus, etc. The photos I ended up with are about 80% there for me. Some of them the focus was just slightly off, or the composition was off.
After the tour, we had a feast of home cooked food waiting for us from grandma that is part of the company. The company is family owned and it was the best food I have had this whole trip. There was home made wine, crepe with apples, candied orange peels, bread and fruit. I would honestly book the tour again just for the food. It was honestly that good. With all of that in mind, I would definitely recommend anyone that is interested in this to go and do it if you are on Korčula.
I then headed out to take some photos during sunset and let me tell you, this was one of my favorite days to take photos. About 5 min across the island from where our boat was docked, there was another boat dock that had aggressive water. I love this kind of stuff because it can create a moody image. I first started off shooting with my X-T30 and the 10-24 f/4. I was trying to get a shot where the water was crashing into the concrete and rising up. I also wanted to be as close as possible to the crash so that the wave that it created looks as big as possible. One thing led to another, I was too close and my camera got soaked.
Bot my lens and camera are not weather sealed, so I quickly tried to dry off the camera with my shirt and then I switched to my X-T3 and 16-55 f/2.8 which are both weather sealed. Not water proof, but at least can take on more weather than my other setup. For the camera and lens that got soaked, I was not too worried because I have had similar setups that have got a good soaking and they turned out fine. Which both of them did.
We then headed around the island to catch the sunset and I ended up capturing one of my favorite photos.
I loved how the sun was setting right behind a mountain. It looks cool to me, simple as that.
Also, while I was shooting the sunset, I was loosing my mind because I was trying to take so many different photos at different angles. Thats how I know I am really excited because I just start seeing a lot of images to take and then I get cluster brained. I should put myself in this situation again and film it just to show you the whole process of whats going on in my head.
Korčula has definite won my heart on my favorite islands in Croatia. There is just so much to do and see on that island and need to go back to see more.