PhotoFriday – ‘Darkness’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Darkness’

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

This weeks theme is darkness, which technically you cannot photograph or you’d just have a black image but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph in dark places under the water.

These photos were taken in the Cenotes in Mexico but similar effects of light shafts can been seen in caves all over the world where the sunlight can stream in. Also, the insides of wrecks can be artificially lit to illuminate the darkness. Obviously at night, the whole sea goes black and artificial light is all you have.

For this type of underwater photography, you have to have great knowledge of your camera (because the light, if you have a torch with you, is usually facing towards the subject and not your camera or strobe controls). And of course the discipline to check on your diving equipment every now and then. Lucky, I learnt early on that deep inside a cave you can accidentally go too deep to get the right angle, spend too long and end up with unwanted deco time and very little air! Safety first people.

It’s not for everyone though, my husband hates diving in the dark (night dives, inside of wrecks etc). He came into the Cenotes because you can mostly always see the light from somewhere but he wasn’t very happy at all. If you’ve dived with us you’ll often see him hanging around outside of wrecks looking frustrated that I’m taking ages no doubt.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite dark place to scuba diving?

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

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