This time of year I get asked a lot what photo gear I take with me on a holiday. So let’s use my summer holidays with the kids as case study over a couple of posts to see what I’m taking and why. In the previous posts I talked about my holiday workhorse, the Panasonic Lumix GF1 and my good old trusty Canon Ixus 860IS compact camera. I also wrote about diving with my Olympus E-PL1 in the underwater housing. but the Olympus is more than just a camera for scuba diving.
In fact scuba diving isn’t the reason why I bought the E-PL1 and the underwater housing. I got it because I’ve always had this special thing with water and I got frustrated with the fact that cameras don’t like to get wet. There’s lots of stuff I want to shoot in, on and near the water without having to worry about my expensive gear. Kobe and Maya, me two eldest kids, are crazy about being in the water. So I took the E-PL1 with me to the beach to see if I could have some fun with it.
Kobe and his buddy Cedric had loads of fun, jumping into the waves.
Maya and Cedric also had a lot of fun posing for the camera.
At one time we were on the beach, heavy clouds came rolling in. While everyone else was scrambling our beach gear together, I went into the pretty heavy surf to shoot some dramatic seascapes.
On the last two days of our holiday Kobe and May took their first surfing lessons. The weather wasn’t very good but the surf was.
Kobe did extremely well for his first time on the surfboard.
Maya even managed to surprise everyone by standing up on her very first run on the board.
Here’s another one of Maya and one from another girl in her group.
And here’s Cedric with the surfing teacher:
The shot below is probably my favorite of this really great holiday with the kids.
You can probably tell that I’m really digging this h2o thing. It’s so challenging and I got so much to learn and discover. At the moment I’m editing a pretty extensive “educational” behind-the-scenes video of an underwater pool shoot. So if you don’t like my water stuff, stay away from the blog for a while.