My two passions in life are photography and scuba diving. Taking underwater shots is a bit different from above water shots. The mass of the water between the subject and the lens has to be taken into account. Lighting is a must unless you are in shallow water. Then in shallow water the light has to be corrected due to it’s travel through the water. As one goes deeper, colors fade, red is the first to disappear. Without a light or “strobes” of some sort, it’s very difficult to get a great shot. The current is usually moving which is something else that must be taken into account. I’ve been below and watch “photographers” destroy a small habitat, or break off coral in an effort to get their “perfect” shot. They will stand, sit, or prop their selves in order to get their shot. I’m not above this, but it must be done carefully not to destroy the fragile aquatic life. Just like on land, when I take a photograph, I am a visitor, a traveler.
It’s the same underwater. I am a visitor
Then comes the cameras themselves. I won’t even count the number of cameras I’ve gone through in the 6 years I’ve been diving. Of course, if money was no object I’d have a fancy SLR fit with all the greatest gadgets, lenses, and strobes. LOL Maybe one day….. when I win the lotto. 🙂
Then there is also the very fact that while all of ones concentration is on a shot, there is so much around that is missed. You would be amazed at the life which lies below both what can be seen, and that which can’t. I’ve been told many times how I missed seeing something large swim by while i was busy focusing on some small Blenny putting on a show for me. Or the shark that went by above me while I was trying to get a shot of a bat fish or some other equally interesting marine life. So, though I still drag the camera with me, I try now to concentrate on the “big picture” and enjoy the dive.
Blennys are always my favorite fish to photograph