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looks like I’ll be touching up all my underwater pics. Here’s the one I did…
Again thanks for suggesting something I would not have thought of on my own!
I am so glad to have given you the idea. I can’t take credit for it. It was either someone else’s trip report or someone in the photography section that led me to do it. It doesn’t always work well. Sometimes there’s too much ‘stuff’ in the water in the foreground that gets picked up. Sometimes it adds in way too much red. Overall, it does help. I haven’t tried any of our topside photos. Wondering if it’s worth the trouble….
I’m somewhat familiar with Photoshop…..what exactly did you do to touch them up? The improvement is remarkable!
I just have a very basic starter edition. I think it came with some other software. I loaded my pictures into it. Under the fix button there is an Auto Smart Fix option. It usually did too much to the pictures. Probably because mine were a bit farther away, with more chances for ‘stuff’ in the foreground. Sometimes it made everything super red. Most pictures I had to go into Fix Photo Window. I would hit the Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, and/or Auto Color buttons. Sometimes it was one of them, and sometimes it was all of them. I know they have fancier software that will let you do more, but this worked for my first time out!
Good job, and once again, great report!
yeah, I played around alot also and started with auto fix and went from there, even tho my results are impressive to me, I couldn’t quite match that blue water/white sandy bottom that you did!
Here are a few of the flowers and pretty views around the condo.
My husband and I went snorkeling in front of the condo today. We probably would have spent all week in and around our horseshoe, but there was a note in the condo. They suggested going 100 yards out. It was great!
This is a new one for us. I think it?s a Sand Diver/Lizardfish
We went to lunch at Eats/Legendz and went to Governor?s Beach for a short time. The food was excellent!! I think it was the favorite food of the group. The boys went back on kayak day.
That night we went fishing. It went very well. It was lots of fun. I?ll post details elsewhere.
Not really our fish, but they seemed to go here!
We came back and went snorkeling at the Marriott. I had the camera still set to try to take the sunset pics, so they are a bit messy. Now that we have two lights, it was hard to coordinate them and take pictures.
The small blue dot at the top of the urchin is an octopus.
Which fish? The ones on the table? They were down at the fish market right on the edge of town. The others were out in front of Treasure Island and the night pics were in front of the Marriott.
I am happy to answer any questions. That’s why I put the report here! We were in Belize the first time we went night snorkeling. There was a guide with us, so that was helpful for the first time. It’s not any harder, it’s just different. I would say that there aren’t as many things to see, but there are new and different things to see. You just have to keep looking.
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There is a rock sticking out on the left side under the tree. It’s at about 1 or 2 o’clock from the lounge chair as you are looking toward the water. That’s where we got in all week. You can sit on the rock and put fins on if you want them on before you get in. I thought it was easiest to go in and out from the same spot. There were rocks and things on the entry, but I think it was the easiest point we found. Toward the middle of the horseshoe it can get a bit shallow and there are little spiny urchins tucked in everywhere. It can make you feel a bit intimidated. The entry we chose was pretty clear all the way into the water.
As for going in at night, I would absolutely go in the daytime at least once if not twice before trying it in the evening. We went after the boys went to bed. Usually 9 or so. It is colder, but there is a bit of adrenaline at night that will warm you right up. I would absolutely go with someone else. We used two 4C diving lights. I brought one with us and we bought one there. I think I paid around $25 online. It was a bit more on the island.
It is easy to just keep going when you are following your lights. I liked to look out of the water every once in a while to get my bearings. Sometimes I thought I was heading back in when I was really heading out to sea! My husband is a super-spotter. He was the one that saw the lobster. I tend to just put the light in front of me to make sure I’m OK. He likes to do some crazy madness that looks like a disco ball.
We never went to the Marriott during the day, but we did go at night. It is a much clearer entry. We didn’t go very far out, there was probably stuff we didn’t get to. We definitely played it safe there, but there were still things to see. It was at the end of a long day, so we drove down and back to this one.
PS. The lobster is usually on the side we entered on during the day. He’s tucked under a rock on the side that faces the ocean. Look for his very large antennae. There is another rock fairly close on the ocean side, so sometimes it’s hard to see him.
We started the day at Governor?s. The group was not satisfied with the short trip of the previous day.
My lovely husband and the ever-present chubs and sergeant majors.
My hubby is very proud of this one he took. He likes that you can?t tell that this picture was taken underwater.
Next we went to the Turtle Farm. I posted about this in the Turtle Farm thread. We did the ?turtles only? option. It was $18 US for the adults and $9 for kids over two. The kids really loved it. I loved seeing them. When asked what turtles do, our two year old says, ?CHOMP. Eat it!? They really enjoyed seeing, holding, and feeding the turtles.
While we were feeding the turtles, my hat blew off. It went in with the turtles! They liked it. We found someone to fish it out, but they were on Cayman time. Several turtles had a go at it.
After visiting the turtles we ate lunch at Macabuca at Cracked Conch. This was my favorite location to eat.
We had a visitor while we ate. The two year old was the first to see it. He was so excited. Iguana is one of his new favorite words.
We really liked snorkeling here on our last visit, but we couldn?t fit it in this time. Guess we?ll just have to come back!
During naptime went into town to shop. We hit Pure Art and Cathy Church?s. When we returned we walked down to the Wreck of the Gamma. I was with some of our less adventurous snorkelers, so I didn?t get a chance to go all the way in. We saw the biggest parrotfish of the trip here. When I looked back at the pictures, I realized there were two of them. One was inside in a part I couldn?t really see. I wish I could have captured a good picture of both!
The sun set during our fish dinner.
We went night snorkeling at home tonight, but my memory card was full. We forgot to erase the photos the last time we transferred them.
!!!! I’ve got pages of notes but now I’m getting serious with the details……this is really helpful. Diana
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