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Maldives Snorkeling with GoPro

 
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Mar 06, 2016 03:05 |  #1

I got a chance to give the GoPro a pretty good workout at the Maldives last month. I decided to skip diving while I was there because we were seeing so much at the surface only snorkeling, and my non-diving wife was having a blast snorkeling too. The house reef was a few dozen to a few hundred meters off shore and surrounded our island. Pristine conditions, great visibility and a small current to help you drift along effortlessly.

All images from a GoPro Hero 3+ Black; not a pro-level setup, but plenty decent images for personal use.

Here's a link to the full album:
http://www.jasonpeacot​tphotography.com/Trave​l/Maldives/Underwater/ (external link)

And a few of my favorite shots:

1) Anemone fish (clownfish)

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-mp5hwSj/0/XL/G0052049-XL.jpg

2)

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-6B9hwCc/0/XL/G0112525-XL.jpg

3) Picasso Triggerfish - they were frisky and protective, so I think they had eggs nearby

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-h6NwtrG/0/XL/G0161326-XL.jpg

4)

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-Z5zppGG/0/XL/G0042032-XL.jpg

5) Banded Snake Eel

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-36VFnsX/0/XL/G0321743-XL.jpg

6)

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-zFT62bB/0/XL/G0051901-XL.jpg

7) Sea Turtle

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-zFSP9Sh/0/XL/G0282942-XL.jpg

8)

IMAGE: http://www.jasonpeacottphotography.com/Travel/Maldives/Underwater/i-K3t4TTF/0/XL/G0272858-XL.jpg

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Mar 06, 2016 05:59 |  #2

Wow, that go pro and you did an impressive job.




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Mar 06, 2016 13:01 |  #3

Are you using a filter on the lens, i.e. red, magenta, ????


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Mar 06, 2016 23:14 |  #4

Thanks fellas! I owe most of the credit to the scenery and clarity!


I do have a GoPro filter set that included the orange-magenta color for shallow depths, but I only used it for part of the time; it was sort of 50/50 with the filter, some shots it helped with white balance, and several were totally orange throwaways since water clarity was excellent. Most of the photos in the first 10 feet or so were better without the filter since it was too strong, which is the bulk of these photos. As it got deeper than ~10ft I found that the filter helped with the pictures, so I'd slip it on when diving down a bit from the surface - look at photos 1 and 2 for example, those anemone's were right next to each other about 20 feet deep, but the 2nd shot is with the filter on. The rest of the shots that are posted were in pretty shallow water, so the filter wasn't necessary. In the album it is mixed.

We were there for 5 days, so I had the chance to review the pictures in my room after each trip to develop a strategy. If you're planning a trip but wont be able to review shots, I'd recommend the filter for scuba diving; for snorkeling I would only recommend it if you tend to shoot down into deeper water or the clarity is so-so.


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Mar 07, 2016 23:11 |  #5

I really enjoyed the Maldives a few years back. The only snorkeling we did was with a whale share but didn't drag my kit with me. Here are some of my shots above and below: https://500px.com/bpib​urn/galleries/maldives​-13 (external link)


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Mar 08, 2016 01:19 |  #6

TTuna Eye wrote in post #17927625 (external link)
I really enjoyed the Maldives a few years back. The only snorkeling we did was with a whale share but didn't drag my kit with me. Here are some of my shots above and below: https://500px.com/bpib​urn/galleries/maldives​-13 (external link)

I haven't gone diving as much recently since my wife has taken a liking to snorkeling; I would have loved to have gone on a live-aboard in the atolls here, but we saw more than enough excitement while snorkeling. The Maldives really are paradise!

The whale sharks must have been awesome! We did a Manta Ray trip in hawaii, but I've yet to see whale sharks while out.

I clicked through a few of your galleries and enjoyed the shots! The close-up one of the Moray eel in Bonaire is awesome! 8-)


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Aug 03, 2016 22:14 as a reply to GoHokiesGo's post |  #7

i have yet to find a thread on this forum that discusses the gopro.
how is the gopro for travel photography and for photography in general? i know people swear by it for video, but wondering about the photography side of it.
i currently have a 1d2n and its heavy as all hell to carry all my gear when i travel overseas or when im out at a nice dinner.
whats your experience with the gopro. how do you like it? have you tried the gopro 4?


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Aug 03, 2016 22:18 |  #8

Awesome photos! Would appreciate it if you could share where you went, stayed, etc. Thanks!


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Aug 30, 2016 21:02 |  #9

jobv2 wrote in post #18085935 (external link)
i have yet to find a thread on this forum that discusses the gopro.
how is the gopro for travel photography and for photography in general? i know people swear by it for video, but wondering about the photography side of it.
i currently have a 1d2n and its heavy as all hell to carry all my gear when i travel overseas or when im out at a nice dinner.
whats your experience with the gopro. how do you like it? have you tried the gopro 4?

I have mixed feelings on the GoPro and I probably haven't given it a fair enough chance to shine. I bought it for underwater stuff mostly when I was diving more often, and it's really easy for that. For my uses I tend to find it somewhat limited otherwise, and I haven't really been able to get into video as much as I would have hoped. The extreme wide angle takes some getting used to; however, a lot of people can get some pretty decent (shareable on social media) photos, but I generally prefer my cell phone for casual snapshots. I do appreciate the ruggedness of it though, and I use it most when I'm at the beach or hiking tougher terrain where I wouldn't be as comfortable with my SLR. I travel a lot and typically rely on my 6D or Galaxy S6 phone for photos, so to me the GoPro is more of a specialty tool than all around travel replacement.

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Awesome photos! Would appreciate it if you could share where you went, stayed, etc. Thanks!

We stayed at Fihalhohi Island resort - it was the least expensive resort we could find that still had overwater bungalows. Totally worth the experience staying in one of them, especially since Maldives is the type of place that most people don't get to more than once! The rooms were simple and rustic, yet clean and had the basics we wanted; food was just ok and nothing to write home about, but passable; the island and beach were absolutely incredible, and its probably ruined all future beach trips for us!


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Sep 06, 2016 06:34 |  #10

Awesome shots
Might have to throw some cash down on a gopro next time.
Did you have to colour correct? Nevermind ;)


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Sep 15, 2016 09:06 |  #11

Magical pictures. Perhaps I should get myself a GoPro after all...




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Jan 30, 2017 09:12 |  #12

Nice stuff. The quality of the GoPro images is amazing.




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