Monday, 21 May 2012

Kiribati, Tarawa

Father son carrying a fishing net, Biketawa - Kiribati
This image was taken on Biketawa Islet in North Tarawa, Kiribati (ki-ri-bas). The father & son are heading off fishing. We especially like the expression on the fathers face, it really makes the shot. We were fortunate, as you can imagine in such a remote place, that they came by and offered us some foreground interest to liven up an otherwise dull image. It was pure luck that they wore great contrasting colours !! We chose a wide aperture to soften the background to draw attention to the subjects. Purists would say "to improve this shot you should have positioned the subjects further to the right in the frame", however most travel photography images are taken quickly and on the spur of the moment. We literally ran until we were in range to capture this image before they disappeared. Sometime you just need to get the shot and not worry too much about 'the rules' in photography. Always use 'the rules' as a guide but don't worry too much about breaking them.The image below was also taken in Tarawa. We had just gotten into the car after getting some shots of a roadside stall selling fish when this little boy started playing peek-a-boo with us. Every time we tried to take a photo he would disappear. Eventually, with the camera on Continuous High we captured the shot. Although Kiribati is probably not very high on most peoples "places to visit" list we highly recommend a visit (especially photographers) to this wonderful, friendly and interesting corner of the Pacific Islands. We will be adding more images of this destination in future posts.
Young boy, Tarawa - Kiribati

Kiribati was originally known as the Gilbert Islands. The 32 atolls and 1 coral island covers an area in the Pacific of over 3.5 million square kilometers. The main atolls are Tarawa and Kiritimati, although they are seperated by 3,300 kilometers of ocean and can only be reached via Fiji. The Kiribati people (known as I-Kiribati) have to be among the friendliest people in the Pacific Islands. If you are lucky enough to be invited to witness an I-Kiribati traditional dance (not our video) you are in for a real treat. We were commissioned by the SPTO (South Pacific Tourism Authority) to photograph 4 countries - Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu & Niue to provide them with images to assist in tourism promotion. For more information on Kiribati visit the Kiribati National Tourism Office website.

We also produce a postcard range that sells in Tarawa & Kiritimati. Click here to see the postcards.

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