Question - How to get beach/ocean photos that "pop"? - pics

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Question - How to get beach/ocean photos that "pop"? - pics

Hi guys,

I'm hoping to get some advice regarding taking pics on a tropical beach (or any beach I guess).

I was recently in Cuba and took some shots of the beach with my GH-3. I was shooting JPEG only (I've since started shooting RAW+JPEG).

Anyway, if you look at these 3 samples, you'll see the original OOC shot followed by the version after I processed it a bit in Aperture. Basically, I just increased exposure and saturation a bit. I think it makes them look better.  The OOC pics just look completely dull.

However, I'd appreciate any advice regarding how you take these types of pics? The travel brochures sure make the beaches and water look stunning.

Would a polarizing filter be a good thing to use?

Thanks for any comments or advice!

Pic 1 - Original OOC

Pic 1 - Processed

Pic 2 - Original OOC

Pic 2 - Processed

Pic 3 - Original OOC

Pic 3 - Processed

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