My next lesson while staying in the Whitsundays was to learn how to take landscapes, or in this case, waterscapes. Using the focal points again and using the Aperture mode at about F11, most landscape photographers use the bottom focal point. Later model cameras have even more than mine does so that means you could use one of the 3 focal points in the bottom row.
So when we went to Hill’s Inlet, in the Whitsunday Island group, the view was spectacular. The waters were aqua, blue and green and the sand bars were everywhere. We overlooked Whitsunday Island. Sometimes, it was difficult to get something to focus on but a sudden white wave would appear and you could lock on to that.
We also took some panorama shots here. You take about 5-6 photos with your camera in the sideways position and by allowing about a 10% overlap for each shot. You also hold down the AF button after focusing f0r the first shot so that the same focus was maintained throughout. Later one could use photoshop to merge the shots into a panorama. Unfortunately, I failed to take a really good panorama.
Here is a sample of the photos I took there.
As you can see, not all the distance is in focus. If you want that effect please read my other landscape article