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Most photographs of tropical beaches feature the ubiquitous coconut palm, often leaning at a precarious angle to frame the scene. Almost every keen photographer living in the tropics has such a shot. When I saw this dead tree on Bandos Island in the Maldives, I thought it would make a interesting change to the usual tropical beach photograph. The ocean around the Maldives really is this gorgeous turquoise colour (when the sky is not cloudy) because the water is so clean and clear, and the beaches are as white as I have seen anywhere in the world. I increased the colour saturation and contrast a little, but not by much. Some of the other shots I took in the Maldives have the sea with an even deeper turquoise colour without any adjustment to CS or contrast. There are about 1,200 islands in the Maldives, stretched out over an area of more than 750 km, north to south, in the central Indian Ocean, and 120 km west to east. I expect there are many islands on which nobody with a camera has ever set foot.

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