"Ever since Day 1 on Alonissos you no longer "carry" your camera. You "wear" it. It's part of your arm. Think "f8 and be there". Even when not shooting, you are checking your settings, ever ready for the opportunity. After you take a shot, you turn around to see if there's an even better one behind you. Walk very slowly, looking up and down, stopping frequently, seeing the world differently than before. And you are stocking up on Greek wine from the retailer down the street, thinking of the sun setting over the great Aegean Sea." The Alonissos photography experience will be one of the most valuable experiences of your life.
From the early light bouncing quietly off the ancient white washed walls to the delicate pink hue of the late afternoon sun setting, your lens will be filled with wonder for every moment. Try to be embarked on a daily trip sailing around the island or to the deserted island around. Donít miss to be embarked on daily walking journeys through the narrow winding pathways of the villages, discovering interesting architecture, the natives and their culture, and some donkeys and mules being led through the narrow paths from ocean to cliff side.
In areas where approaching is permitted, swimming, observation of the sea bed, amateur photography and filming are allowed.
An underwater camera can also be a useful accessory for snorkeling. If you are a serious photographer you can buy a dedicated underwater still or video camera, but if you just want a few snap shots here and there you can purchase the disposable water proof cameras sold in photo supply stores and even supermarkets in Greece (they cost about Ä10 and contain 27 exposures.)
The water of the Aegean sea is usually very calm in the morning, and as a rule it becomes choppy in the afternoon (after ). The visibility in the water, the wave height and currents vary from place to place, and from time to time so use caution on every dive. If you are not experienced swimmer make sure that you snorkel with company and stay close to the shore. Many times the passage of a large ferry off shore can bring a few unforeseen waves crashing onto an otherwise calm beach, and they can catch a diver by surprise. Also, be on the lookout for speed boats. They are plenty of speed boats in Greece, and they always seem to come dangerously close to the shore. As a rule of thumb I always try to swim as close to the rocks as possible, and as soon as I hear a speed boat approaching I surface and make my presence evident.
Snorkeling with children
Revealing the sea bottom can be a shocking experience for a child. I bought a snorkeling mask for my daughter at age five, and she used it primarily on sandy bottoms for a few months before we began venturing towards the rocky bottom of the beach. We always swim close together and point to the different fish and rock formations on the bottom. A disposable underwater camera and a net are great tools so a child could interact with the underwater life thus making a game out of the whole experience.