PhotoFriday – ‘Black & White’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Black & White’

My husband is eternally frustrated with underwater photographers who convert their images to black & white because the colour version didn’t come out right or looked ‘too blue’. We’re all guilty of it. It’s no secret that I prefer colour images to black and white but on occasion the subject does just need a moody black and white processing to do it justice. Wrecks I think work well in both colour and black and white and for any given wreck, depending on the position of the sun when you dive it, can be more suited to one or the other. I like to see wrecks in black and white when there are plenty of deep shadows to be had (i.e. photographing across the light), otherwise they often look nicer in colour. Here are some from the Red Sea
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Here is a comparison of black & white vs colour on the same wreck on the same dive… which do you prefer?

Ordinarily on that dive of the day I would not have converted to B&W for this angle of the wreck, however I liked the contrast of the etherial mermaid agains the dull & gloomy wreck. The colour one is a behind the scenes of Alex Mustard Photographing Katrin Felton

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PhotoFriday – ‘Sunlight’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Sunlight’

Here are a few images from the South Red Sea for this weeks PF theme. Less is more where sunlight is the subject so I thought of these photos of the caves. I’m slowly going through my most recent Northern Red Sea images so stay tuned for a few blog posts of those next week.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Green’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Green’

So as you may know I had a little impromptu trip to the Red Sea recently! Totally unplanned but who passes up an invitation to go out there when a space becomes available? I’m just starting to go through my photos from the week but here is one of beautiful green mermaid for this weeks (belated) photofriday theme.

EDIT: Jackie asked me to remove the photo of her so here is a green frogfish from Raja Ampat instead.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Perspective’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Perspective’

Above is the usual cheesy shot you think of when the theme is ‘perspective’ however as an underwater photographer I can offer you a different perspective (boom boom) on this jetty in Raja Ampat, that of underneath!

Here it is at night – the underwater night shots are a bit less wide angle ;)

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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 – ‘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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