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I’m back in Honiara on my way through to Upi island and, as you can see (above), I’m still playing with some half above the water, half under the water photography (For those interested, I posted a few tips in the previous entry).

The past three days have been spent on Tavanipupu Island (below), in the same royal suite that pampered Prince William and Kate when they visited to Solomons. Fine accommodation indeed, surrounded by some pristine islands and coral gardens.

I’ll upload a preview of the shoot when I wrap it up in about a week’s time.

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A typical half and half shot

A typical half and half shot, captured in the Solomon Islands

As diving and snorkelling have been important draw cards to the destinations I’ve been shooting lately, I’ve spent some time playing with half-and-half underwater photography (above). Fact is, it ain’t easy to do well so, for those more technically inclined who are interested, I thought I’d post a few helpful hints:

– Equipment: You’ll need an underwater housing for your camera and a dome. I use a compact camera Sony RX100 and a detachable wide angle dome (pic follows) which gives me a few more options to play with. As underwater photography is a fraction of my work as a tourism photographer, this small, compact set-up is easy to carry and it has served me well beneath the surface.

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One of the shots from my previous assignments to the Solomons

One of the shots from my previous assignments to the Solomons

The national tourism authority of the Solomon Islands has commissioned a major overhaul of its promotional imagery, with two assignments leading into the creation of an On-Line Photo Library similar to those we have build for Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

I have shot the Solomons before (pic above) on occasional assignments over the years, however, this project represents a more considered approach to building a substantial library of promotional images for the country.

High on the shot list: Diving, culture, soft adventure and the country’s war history.

I landed in Honiara yesterday on the first 10 day assignment.

We’ll follow it up with a 10 day shoot involving talent when I return in a few months.

I’m sitting at Perth Airport on my way home, finishing off a second assignment for the regional tourism authority of Western Australia’s Coral Coast.
While we struggled with the weather initially, we made up for it thanks to the handsome talent who travelled with us (well done Rose, Bec n Harry), and the flexibility of our itinerary which allowed us to shoot opportunistically when we got the windows of weather and light we needed.
As you can see (preview follows), we also had some great props – i.e. pink flippers and mask, a colourful beach umbrella and an attractive wardrobe which were sourced in anticipation of particular pictures we were going after (well done Tash).
And, we were lucky. The shiny four wheel drive vehicle you see on the beach which looks like it’s come straight out of a car ad, belonged to a lone fisherman who was clearly enjoying his moment of solitude when we descended on him at sunset and seconded everything you see in the picture.
Over the 10 days we buzzed around coral gardens on underwater scooters, played on a variety of water toys, took to the sand dunes on quad bikes and sailed in emerald waters off the coast so, as you’d expect, we found some pretty attractive backdrops to shoot against.
And, again, there were plenty of whale sharks outside the reef  – though we captured them in the last shoot (click here for preview) so this time, we happily stuck to the beach.
All up, a very productive and enjoyable shoot that re-enforced what was captured last time and delivered some fine images to promote the region.

Well done team (…..It’s just a shame Fiona wasn’t there to join us, he says).

Next Stop: The Solomon Islands on the first of a series of assignments to deliver a photo library for the country’s national tourism authority.

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We’ve not had the best of weather for the first two days of the shoot but we managed to grab some nice light on top of a sand dune (above) early in the morning before the rain and grey skies set in.

Next stop: Ningaloo Reef – and hopefully more sunshine.