Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bobbing for a Sunset

I had this idea of taking a split shot of a sunset with the coral underwater and the sunset above. (Is there any other way?) 

I thought I could swim out to the coral reef, hold up the camera and shoot away, easy peasy, right?

It turns out swimming the 150 yards out to the reef was the only easy part about this. Once I got to the reef I quickly figured out that trying to stay vertical in the water and hold the camera at just the right angle and depth all while waiting for a break between the waves and not getting pushed onto the coral was a difficult task to say the least.

I didn't consider that the camera would loose it's neutral buoyancy once it was on the surface and the weight of the housing would be pushing me down, requiring me to tread water with just my legs for about 20 minutes. 

There is definitely a learning curve to this underwater photography so these aren't the greatest shots in the world. If you look at them as "photos from a day in the life of a novice photographer" then they aren't half bad. Which of course means they are only half good. As they say up Paul's way; C'est la vie.

I will be back and I will try this again, probably several times!


  1. I like them....plus you've just invented a new aerobic/strength workout one can do while shooting. Brilliant!!!

  2. I really like the way these turned out! The coral adds great texture to the sunset.

  3. Under the strenuous circumstances these both came out really well!
    Next year you'll have to take a boogie board with you to sit on so you can concentrate on capturing the perfect split shot...


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