On a High: Adventurous Photography
When you’re on holiday in one of our destinations, you’ll see some of the most inspiring scenery, so make sure you take a camera with you. Marine life, mountains, caves, volcanoes… they all possess the potential for some superb shots, allowing you to look back at the experience and share it with friends. Here’s our guide to how you can take the best shots of some of the brilliant scenery in destinations such as Turkey, the Canary Islands and Mexico.
Photographing the mountains and volcanoes of Lanzarote and Tenerife
The volcano in Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, gifts you with marvellous photo opportunities. To make the most of it you should use a wide angle lens. This places the volcano in its natural context. Use the semiautomatic system of your camera but set the ISO and aperture manually to help you tell different holiday stories. If you’re taking the photos during the daytime, cloudy days are better because any natural gas escaping the volcano won’t ruin the shot.
Switch to a telephoto lens to photograph Mount Teide, Tenerife, and you’ll capture some of the drama of the mountain. This emphasises the size of the mountain. It also allows you to register more detail in the shot.
Underwater photography in Cancun
You can’t go to Cancun and not go diving or snorkelling — and you’ll want some photos to remember the experience by. The best time to do this is in the afternoon, when the sun is highest in the sky. This will allow the subjects to appear more visible, but you should keep your flash on at all times anyway, as underwater the colours diminish.
Switch the camera to underwater mode before you enter the water, and then get as close as possible to the subject. Wide angle lenses work well for underwater shots, but macro lenses are especially good for capturing subjects close up. If you can add some scale to the shot by including other elements, such as a diver next to a shipwreck, this will create some sense of the size of the shipwreck.
Photographing Cappadocia’s caves and fairy chimneys
The views of the Cappadocia landscape from a hot air balloon are just incredible. The best time to photograph them is at sunrise, when this Turkish landscape is adorned with a range of colours and there are beautiful contrasts between the sky and the caves. Include the sun in your pictures if you can, and keep your eye open for cool shadows that can add further effect to your photo.
If you don’t have a head for heights, you can stay on the ground and photograph balloons as they float across the landscape above the caves and chimneys. Use a zoom lens and manual focus to get the most out of the shot. If you can get a person into your cave shot, not necessarily looking at the camera, that’s brilliant!
When you’re on your next Falcon holiday, pack your camera and keep these tips in mind. You’ll return with some fantastic photos for the family (Facebook) album.