PhotoFriday – ‘Movement’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Movement’

A photograph is a static image, by definition a frozen moment in time. Short of switching to video how do we imply movement in our photographs? Well, there are several techniques including Implied Action, Panning and Effective use of slow shutter speeds. The latter two I’ve already done exercises for over on my OCA blog on subjects such as birds & skateboarders, see the links to the posts above. The method I like to use underwater is Implied Action, which means exactly what you’d imagine it to mean, you know what the subject is likely to be doing and the photograph is caught at such a moment as they are in the middle of doing it, the upward sweep of fish all swimming in one direction for example. Here I’ve gathered together some of my favour photos of fish doing what they do best.

I’ll end with one fish slowmo which I completely messed up, I actually should have switched my flash to rear (2nd) curtain sync for this so the blur is behind them:

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PhotoFriday – ‘Water’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Water’

You’d think that this weeks theme would be extra easy for me as an underwater photographer but actually its rare for me to take notice of the water itself as a subject. When on land you don’t notice the air do you? Once you’re in and under its just another medium to not notice, unless it’s doing something usual with the light, or texture or it’s in contrast with above water. Here are some images which I think draw attention to the water in my underwater photographs. Some are pretty obvious but this next one it the way the light was hitting all the tiny eggs suspended in the water when I looked down when we went to see the whalesharks feeding on them

And this it what it looks like when you surface during a thunderstorm

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PhotoFriday – ‘Early Morning’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Early Morning’

I’m not really a morning person but sometimes the early bird does indeed catch the worm. For example, you can only see the natural schooling behaviour of the stingrays first thing in the morning (just after dawn urgh!) before all the tourists get to the Sandbar in Grand Cayman.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Shadows’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Shadows’

People think its the shafts of light but the thing that makes caves & caverns atmospheric is the shadows. Here’s one from Chac Mool Cenote in Mexico.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Still Life’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Still Life’

This weeks theme is Still Life, so here is wishing everyone a very belated Happy Easter with my entry this week (I’m sure some of you are still finishing off the chocolate eggs so it still counts).

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PhotoFriday – ‘Texture’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Texture’

It seems this weeks PhotoFriday theme is a repeat, but no matter. Different surfaces have different textures, the image above shows lots of different underwater textures. The image below, uses dramatic light and shadow to bring out the the texture of the sponges.

I put this one in too, its not underwater but the cave itself has so much strong texture highlighted by the torchlight I couldn’t resist.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Glorious’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Glorious’

This weeks theme brings to mind the glorious sight of hundreds or schooling Snapper at Ras Mohammad in Egypt. There’s nothing quite like seeing so many large fish all at once.

To see others take a look at my Red Sea 2013 gallery.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Glorious’ here.

Psst… Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.