Living on a South Pacific island, there are a few cliches that always come to mind. It's not exactly modern but that seems to work. Samoa is a developing country; some parts are more developed than others and some parts will never develop a huge amount. But on a tropical island, you don't go to look at examples of modern life. You go to see what nature has to offer. To put it mildly, it offers a lot.
Samoa is made up of two major islands and countless smaller ones. I live on the more populated but smaller island, Upolu. The other island, Savai'i is to the northwest, around 25% bigger but about a 6th the population. A large car ferry, an adventure in itself, takes you the 80minute journey between the two islands.
This was my first trip across and I had some family members with me; my mum and dad. As well travelled as they are, I'm sure Samoa wasn't on the short list of places they expected to visit. We had to travel in two cars as they would head off to a resort on the southern side of Upolu when we got back.
We had an hour long drive along the coast to our hotel along a beautiful strip of coast line called Manase. I'm sure Manase will call my name again in the near future. But it was a beach a little further south that grabbed my attention. It was the cliche'd South Pacific beach I'd been trying to capture. Most of the beaches I had visited were, for a number of reasons, relatively long & thin. This one was shorter, wider, more golden, the water more clear, the palm trees the perfect height and lean towards the water, the Falé's behind bigger and more old school. It was the classic tropical beach I wanted to photograph. The water in particular was a clarity and colour you only see in a place like this. Even the smallest of marine life was easy to spot in that incredible water. I'm sure I saw three Dory's and a Nemo.
I waded out into the water to around knee height to try and get a shot back along the beach. The sun was high so the light was a little harsh. I had to try and reduce the influence of the shade on the palm trees so I had to shoot at a particular angle. For true photographers shooting under a midday sun is a no-no because of the shadows but I thought it was worth it.
Right on cue a group of tourists like me walked along the beach. One person in the group was lagging slightly behind. I waited for the group but caught the straggler. I figured it was fitting to the incredible little piece of tropical heaven to keep her in the photo.