Street? Beach!

Bathers at Laigueglia Beach seen from out the water
1/640 sec – f/6.3 – ISO 100 – 15mm

Sure enough we spend ample time at the beach, during our Ligurian vacation. And this is always a good opportunity to put my rugged Olympus TG-4 camera to action. Because who says you can shoot street photography only on terra firma? Street? Beach! Sea!

Bathers at Laigueglia Beach seen from out the water
1/125 sec – f/18 – ISO 200 – 18mm

Sure enough, there is a lot of hit and miss when taking the camera into the water. Because you simply don’t see much on the backside LCD screen of the TG-4, especially when shooting into the bright sunlight. But I was visually attracted to the sparkling water, the backlit parasols and the bathers enjoying some cooling in the Mediterranean at the beach of colorful Laigueglia. I cranked up the aperture in order to capture some starbursts from the sun’s reflection. I’m not fully happy with the results. I’m not sure whether this is because of the camera’s optics (the lens was covered with salt water and not dry), or because the reflections in the moving water where just to big and bright.

Still, I love how those street/beach photographs came out, capturing the essence of Italian beach life on a relaxed summer Friday afternoon. I always intended to convert the RAW’s into an Ansel Adams like (that’s what this specific of my Lightroom presets is called) high contrast monochrome image, as colors against the sun would have been mute anyway.

Laigueglia Beach seen from water
1/500 sec – f/5.6 – ISO 100 – 14mm

I took a photo of the same scene in the morning, when the sun came from behind and illuminated the colorful beachfront buildings of Laigueglia.

If you want to check out what the TG-4 can do below the surface, read this post.

If you feel like taking your camera and go out shooting on the weekend, and you are still looking for tips and inspirations around photography, check out my free Learning Center.

Wish you all a great Saturday!


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  1. I love that perspective in the color shot Marcus! It’s the glare and muting that makes me want to check out some of my beach shots in B&W. Perhaps I’ll find time at the end of the summer. I love Ansel Adams’ work. Did you create that preset?

    1. Thanks, Amy, your words are so much appreciated! Yes, I created that pre-set myself (I continuously create new ones, as my last changes). Have a great weekend! Marcus

  2. the black and white beach photo is very appealing. I am heading to our lake today in Canada and see what I can shoot! nice post as I am a beach person.

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