Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Underwater Photography... the beginning

I was rummaging through my digital collection of images and found these.  They represent some of the images I took when I first started with underwater photography.  At the time, I was using an Olympus C5050 point and shoot camera in an underwater housing.

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Butterflyfish


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BiColour Damselfish


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Southern Stingray


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Great Barracudda


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Unidentified / Mystery fish


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Grey Angelfish


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Longsnout Seahorse


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Peacock Flounder


Stoplight Parrotfish
Stoplight Parrotfish - sleeping


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Looking up to the surface waiting my turn to get back on the boat.


12 comments:

Beth said...

Beautiful shots!

Lisa Gordon said...

Daniel, these are wonderful!
What interesting creatures they are.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

It must been an experience under water to be with the camera to photo all this.

We can watch all your showing on Oasis on t.v in Canada.

Were you on a Vacation and you took that course with underwater camera for weeks, days?

Explain. That has to be a awesome experience.

I was on Vacation and I had the expeience to be with the fish as well.

I was not experience enough so I was rather panic stricken with the gear. So had a experienced guy with me to guide me.

I think you have to have the peace to go below the deep water or your emotions can get to you of fear. Even using the gear over your mouth.


Like your pictures.Very good.

Thanks for sharing.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Whoa, so cool! Love that grey angelfish. Underwater must be challenging for a photographer.

Julie G. said...

Oh what a lovely world it is down there! Glorious underwater images, Daniel! I especially like the little seahorse, angelfish and parrotfish, though they all are beautiful.

Laure said...

Very beautiful photographs of the world submarine!!
Bizz Laure
http://ptitesphotosdelolo.blogspot.fr/

Sharon M said...

These are really great!

Stephen Hayes said...

That grey angelfish is a wonderful picture. Stunning design.

Tammy said...

The thought that a whole other world exists underneath the water always amazing me! These photos are very interesting and give us a great view of that world!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Carol Ann et al:

In scuba diving your skills can carried forward into different areas. In the case of underwater photography, buoyancy control and finning techniques help. Those same skills at higher levels of proficiency are necessary (advisable) if you go into an overhead enclosed space. For example, scuba diving through swim-throughs (with entry and exit points), underwater caves and caverns (entry and exit confined to one known point), penetrating a shipwreck. Other training and skills are necessary for each example described here. Aside from these examples, you must be aware of the different types of current, tides and surges brought about by natural conditions and those by man's hand.

Then there are the principles of taking photographs underwater. Water itself is a filter. It filters out colour as you go deeper. The first colour that is filtered out is red. That is why underwater strobes (flash) are important to producing life-like images. Water also makes things appear larger than they actually are. So one rule experienced underwater photographers teach students is that if you think you're close, you're not. Get closer! There are typically just two lens needed for underwater photography... wide angle and macro. Generally you want to be within 8 feet of the subject. Then practice a lot.
I'm self-taught and I have benefited from the advice and suggestions from fellow underwater photographers. Scuba diving skills and diver safety are the priority and trumps photography at all times. Scuba diving is fun, exciting, and for me... relaxing. Although it can challenging too. I think I've rambled on long enough. lol

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Oh a whole nother world to see through the camera's eye. These a beautiful. What a contrast to what I see in my forests surrounding me. I have thought about getting a camera for underwater. But then the lakes I swim in don't have much to see. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

What beautiful, clear shots! Thanks for sharing.