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capture Key West Booming with Treasure

brazil Cataratas del Iquazu: A Must-See!

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the water issue


Jellyfish Lake: a Natural Phenomenon

hawaii Captivating Views Day and Night

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from the editor I am so proud to present this issue of Capture as the “Water Issue”. Traveling has always been a passion of mine and I love being able to be the editor of this magazine; considering it “work” would be an insult. I hope that you take as much pleasure reading and gazing upon these beautiful destinations and the people that fill them.

We took a different spin on this issue because we wanted to highlight the different and unique places that are across the world surrounded by water. Some of these places, you might not have ever heard of before; for the others, you might see new glimpses of the best waters in the world, or a different angle of them. Every country highlighted in this issue I have personally traveled to, and would not have it any other way than to present you with the places that have enriched my life. Hopefully one day you could even visit some of these places and get your own perspective of scenery and natural wonder. As you read, let the yourself be engulfed within it’s waters.


Jillian J. Reid Editor-in-Chief

Senior Writer Jillian Reid

Jillian Reid

Photography Editor Jillian Reid Photo Contributors Angus Clyne Jillian Reid Anthony Brown Giorgos Tueno Rachel Chaikof Nicolette Bilezikian Layout and Design Jillian Reid



in this issue BRAZIL: Cataratas do Iguazu A beautiful glimpse of the legendary waterfalls that could take your breath away page 10

MICRONESIA: Jellyfish Lake, Palau An extraordinary place filled with stingless jellyfish that is open to snorkel and dive page 16

HAWAII: Island Escape

Something different on the various isles of the Pacific escape both day and night page 6

FLORIDA: Crystal River

A small quaint town hidden in the heart of Florida that hosts an endangered species with rivers, springs, and caves page 20

YOU & YOUR BAG: From everyday See what every photographer should carry with them to never miss the “prefect shot” page 12

Photography of the Month page 4

Mel Fisher and the Family page 8


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photography of the month Cinque Terre, Italy, is filled with beautiful lights and colorful surroundings. Cities like this lace the coast with beautiful beaches.

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hawaii hot spots day and night BY JILLIAN REID

Listen to the soft crashing of the waves, feel the salt filled air rush around you, and take in the beautiful Pacific sun. The islands of Hawaii are filled with rich history, adventure, and life to choose from. This list will highlight the most remarkable visit spots. Among the islands, what hot spots suit you the best? MOLOKAI, Hawaiian by Nature: Ride your mule along the 2.9-mile trail to Kalaupapa Peninsula. Your breath will be taken away riding along the cliffs overlooking the Pacific ranging from 1,700 to 3,900 feet, measuring the tallest sea cliffs in the world. Kalaupapa is remote, so take a plane! 6 • CAPTURE / May 2012

KAUAI, Hawaii’s Island of Discovery: Some of the best Kauai beaches, waterfalls, mountain and coastal scenic view points. Most poplularly known as the iconic, cascading mountains everyone loves, it’s surrounded by plunging valleys and waterfalls. Can’t picture it yet? Check out the Jurassic Park movies, and those beautiful views are what to expect. MAUI, The Magic Island: Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of West Maui and South Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm waters. Humpback whales are drawn incredibly to

this area. Start your voyage during the winter whale watching season from December to May. OAHU, The Heart of Hawaii: Waikiki, the most vibrant hotel and resort area of all Hawaii. Most famous for its beaches, you’ll find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts. With Leahi (Diamond Head) as your backdrop, the calm waters here are perfect for a surfing lesson. Legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku grew up and learned here, so can you! All the possibilities to discover and these are only a few of our favorites. Once you get there, you will never want to leave.

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Old Discoveries still being discovered


Sean Fisher was only 7 years old when his grandfather, Mel Fisher, discovered the legendary shipwreck of the 17th-century Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha in Key West waters. Discovered on July 20, 1985, the picture above captures the moment discovering the first piece of the Atocha’s sunken treasure. Later valued at 450 million dollars, the Atocha’s discovering family inherited a world of wealth and history. Today, Sean is vice president of Mel Fisher’s Treasures, the family’s shipwreck search and salvage enterprise overseen by his father Kim Fisher, headquartered alongside the popular Mel Fisher Maritime Museum at 200 Greene St. in Key West. At the museum, workers and handlers admit that there are still buckets upon buckets of treasure to be cleaned, labeled, and processed; sometimes the masses of tressure to be handled is overwhelming. The Fisher family owns and operates the most well known museum in their collection and also sells to museums. The pieces are truly remarkable and they are rich in history and definitely tell a story. With the huge amount, the Fisher family even has enough to sell Atocha coin replicas made from the genuine gold from the ship. To say the least, an amazing discovery, that is still being discovered. 8 • CAPTURE / May 2012

“Today is the Day!” (above): Mel Fisher, holding a gold bar, celebrates with his friends and family on the day of the Atocha discovery. In the Family (right): Sean Fisher, grandson, actively dives the Atocha site discovering more gold.

Travel Go-To Photography Tips BY JILLIAN REID Unless we truly capture the moment of where we are, we can rarely long remember the smell of the Mediterranean waves coming with the breeze, the first look as we gaze the expanse of a mountain or valley, the wonder of our first waterfall, or the sunrise lurking through the trees of a rainforest. Our photographs need to bring us right back to those moments, to trigger memories, and to evoke emotions. To do this, we need to think and feel as much as look when setting out to capture moments with photography. As your foundation, think about what made you decide to visit this particular destination. Whatever it is, it appeals to you, otherwise you wouldn’t be there. What do you notice? Whatever it is, remember it. First impressions are priceless sparks to creative interpretation. And after you return to wherever home is, you don’t want to get home and experience the remorse of not capturing the beauty you saw. You want to treasure that little piece of heavenly masterpiece forever. Get out there. Experience the place you have landed upon, discover the life that is hidden. Get up early, stay out late. Wander around; get lost even. Watch life pass by as you relax. It’s not a hard thing to do. If you’re looking for shots, be ready all the time; tap into that “sixth sense”. Here are some helpful tips when looking to snag that shot and never miss a beat; to simply get a new perspective.

you first arrive, try to 1 When take notes on your first im-

your day around, take 5 After a little time to jot down the

out there and experience 2 Get the land. Try not to steer

you simply don’t know 6 Ifwhere to start, ask locals for

pressions. Think about what appealed to you and plan to get that particular shot.

solely to the tourist parts of town. Explore the beauty for yourself.

day’s events. It will help tell a story and remind you what you still need to get a shot of.

their recommendations to visit. They know what they’re talking about.

may want to get a map of in on the smallest of 3 You 7 Zoom the area as well as a translathings: your food, the cobbletion of general phrases and words if visiting a foreign country. It could help out.

you have lens options, 4 Ifbring a small variety to vary the angles. If there is only room for one or two, a fast zoom or shutter speed lens.

stone road, a flower. Get in close, and you’ll never see the world the same again.

walk around with the 8 Don’t camera up to your eye the

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cataratas do

iquazu, Brazil

breathtaking by nature


Personally, this has been one of my most memorable visits across the world. The beautiful place is by far the most breaktaking views in the world, being one of the 7 wonders of the world. Open to the public 365 days a year, this majestic place offers something for everyone. The Iquazu National Park, haboring the waterfalls (Cataratas in Portuguese), has locally acclaimed “Devil’s Throat” at the shape, size, and intensity at the mouth of the falls. To get into the remote part of the park to the waterfall access

“Devil’s Throat”, visitors must ride the ecological train surrounded by butterflies and wildlife. When you get to the waterfall access, expect to find several different trails for a compliation of different views. If visitors seek thrills, the “Devil’s Throat” is for you; located at the highest point in the falls, there is a view straight down that is a mix of sensations, views, sounds, and emotions-- a truly indescrible natural beauty. Need something a little more mild? Walk along the Upper Circuit and have beautiful panoramic views of the falls

and along the upper Iguazu River. Want a a view from below? Take the Lower Circuit with strategically placed catwalks with several vantage points of the falls, with an intimate encounter with nature. Betweens the waterfall views that leave you wanting more, there are still so many options to explore in this aweinspiring place: the Macuco Trail filled with lemers, the adventure to San Martin Island in the heart of the falls, the Full Moon Walk, and dining in “La Selva” Restaurant. Simply, Cataratas is anything but simple. May 2012 / CAPTURE • 11

what to carry in everyday travel When traveling abroad there are certain things that are not a luxury, but almost considered a necessity to be ready and prepared under different circumstances. What if you’re roaming around the downtown alleys discovering hidden local treasures and it rains? Or if your camera dies, you run out of space on your memory card, you get lost and can’t find your way back. In any kind of circumstance when you are out of your comfort zone and home, preparation can save stress and allow more time to enjoy. First a necessity is a durable and reliable camera; whatever kind is at the discretion of the owner, whether a SLR, point and shoot, or in between. It is typically advised to have one to tweak the settings for the more artistic approach as well as a point and shoot in case the shot has a very narrow window of capturing. Another thing to carry in your bag is extra batteries and memory cards. Nothing is quite as regretful as forgetting to pack extra when your camera dies or the card is full and you can’t capture any more. At typical stores there are many different options, but a 4 GB to 16 GB 12 • CAPTURE / May 2012

card would be sufficient, depending on the degree of intensity your shooting is with quantity and quality. A lens wipe comes in handy when wanting to clean smudges of the lens. Cleaning with normal cloth can potentially damage the surface of the lens. Hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes are valuable when traveling abroad when you go to eat at a restaurant that may not have public restrooms. You want to experience the trip in pictures and activities, not on the surface of your food. Enjoy the taste, not the germs. Sometimes cell phones can’t receive reception in far places so a map would be useful in case of getting lost and you don’t speak the local language. If you don’t have time or want to eat a heavy meal, bring along some snack items like granola or trail mix to give energy and a delightful munch. Although these are the bare necessities, the rest is completely up to the traveler, catering to whatever need is there. So pack up, charge up, and get out there.

Canon Never Miss A Moment

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Age: 21 Hometown: Chicago Current Town: Warner Robbins, Ga. Travel Highlights: Brazil, India, Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Greece, Scotland Biggest Inspiration: Her fiance Christopher, who is a film producer and photographer Most enjoyable aspect to photography: doing odd angles and UP CLOSE Time doing photography: 5 years Contact Information: Melody Adams 912.441.6946

Melody joy ADAMS

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jellyfish lake

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a natural phenomenon The rock islands of Palau in Micronesia, located in the South Pacific, is unlike any in the world. Palau has islands scattered throughout like little pebbles on a beach, and the inhabitants and natural decor vary at each. On Eil Malk island, jellyfish reality is suspended. Anyone that wants to, can snorkel through massive swarms of jellyfish and not get stung! Over hundreds of years, the golden and moon jellyfish of Jellyfish Lake have naturally lost their sting because they haven’t had to ward off any predators.

After a lifetime of being taught to avoid jellyfish encounters, when arriving here it is somewhat difficult to go against that teaching. In these waters, snorkelers still feel uneasy entering the water. The sheer volume of jellyfish, as far as anyone can see, is mind-blowing. Every inch is covered with them. Once you actually get in the water, you quickly realize that bumping into one at least, but more like several, is unavoidable. Don’t be afraid though, when it actually happens, the moment is surreal.

BY JILLIAN REID Getting there is more difficult than swimming with the creatures. Continental and United fly to Palau’s Koror Island, where snorkeltour operators offer trips to Jellyfish Lake, a 45-minute boat ride away. The remote lake is accessed by a short trail from the beach. Stop on by the rock islands, Jellyfish Lake in particular, and find millions of jellyfish to snorkel with. Take a look, on the surface, it looks like a completely normal lake; you would never anticipate what lurks below. Jump in!

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10 Steps to Taking Better Photos: 1. Learn manual mode. 2. Learn basic composition techniques, then forget them! 3. No on-camera flash. 4. Get a fresh perspective. 5. Get closer. 6. Clean up your background. 7. Frame your subject. 8. Get your white balance right! 9. Use the histogram. 10. Practice, practice, practice!

10 Steps to Taking Sharper Photos: 1. Faster shutter speed. 2. Use a tripod. 3. Focus accurately. 4. Use a prime lens. 5. Keep your lens clean. 6. Image stabilization. 7. Use your base ISO. 8. Find your lens’ sweet spot. 9. Use the right light. 10. Shoot in RAW.

10 Steps for Taking Better Candids: 1. Lose the flash. 2. Carry your camera everywhere. 3. Be patient. 4. Use a telephoto lens. 5. Add context. 6. Shoot from the hip. 7. Keep quiet and blend in. 8. Catch people in the moment. 9. Move around your subjects. 10. Shoot in burst mode.

10 Reasons your Photos Suck: 1. Bad lighting. 2. You’re making excuses. 3. Wrong white balance. 4. Poor depth of field. 5. Shooting at the wrong time. 6. Distractions. 7. You’re trying to impress others. 8. Poor compostion. 9. Too much Photoshop! 10. Motion blur.

10 Accessories to Improve Photos: 1. Stabilized Lens. 2. Tripod. 3. External flash unit. 4. Flash transmitter. 5. Beauty dish. 6. Reflector. 7. Flash gels. 8. Lighting stand. 9. Gary card. 10. Polarizing filter. May 2012 / CAPTURE • 19

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hidden away in the heart of Florida BY JILLIAN REID Florida: the land of oranges, tourist attractions, beaches, and Mickey himself. People of all ages, ethnicities, and viewpoints visit the sandy seemingly endless coastline that graces the shores of this state. Typical destinations include that of Panama City Beach, the heart of the panhandle; Tampa and Clearwater, the roaring west coast city; Orlando, home of the theme parks filled with super heroes and your Disney favorites; and the lovely islands of the Keys, the most remote and intriguing islands of our state. However, though these destinations are wonderful, none can compare to that of this city, hidden away in the heart of the state: Crystal River. Just like the name of the town, it reflects in its water and stunning river. Spanning a mile and a half freshwater before turning into brackish and salt water for another half mile, the outlets and coves of this grand river contain more than you would think. The single most drawing detail of this city is in its inhabitants, the lovely and endangered manatee. Rendered endangered in 1967, Crystal River was the ideal migration home for the mammals. The waters of the actual river may vary, but the countless caves and natural springs remain at a constant temperature of 72 degrees, the perfect climate for the soft creatures to take residency for half the year. The most poplar springs that the manatees gravitate to are those called “Three Sisters Springs”

and “King’s Bay Spring”. During the summer days, you can expect at most parts in the river to be occupied with speedboats and wake boarders, the manatees being nowhere close. However, from September 1 to May 1, large parts of the closest areas of the springs are safeguarded as “no wake zones” protected for the manatees to live peacefully, prohibiting boaters to cross. Ask anyone in Crystal River, and they most likely have swum with manatees; they’re that common. Tourists as far as Europe come to our dive shops wanting to schedule guided tours to swim with them. As gentile as butterfly and as big as a cow, there’s something surreal about swimming side by side an animal that weighs a ton, literally, we’re not kidding. Springs, caves, rivers, bays, lakes: everything but a beach, you name it, Crystal River has it. Expect to get up close and personal with a phenomenal creature that you can’t find anywhere else in the world quite like you can find here. On average, thousands of manatees swim in and out during the “no wake” months, so you can expect to have a great experience with a run in of a manatee. Or if you stop on by during the boat happy months, bring your snorkels, fins, jet skis, and tubes for a great time with some fun in the sun. Definitely not what you would normally expect in Florida, but when you visit, you won’t want to leave. May 2012 / CAPTURE • 21


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