Underwater Photography - trying out a new lens and creative techniques

 

Diving on the dive boat Giant Stride out of Marina rey dey for 3 dives, I thought to myself, macro, super-macro or wide-angle? Those are usually my only three choices, but today I decided for something out of the ordinary - mid-range!

 

I brought out my $100 nikon 18-55mm lens, large dome port, +2 hoya diopter, and my zoom ring from my tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens. The zoom ring was a little large for the 18-55mm lens, but after putting a little velcro on the lens, the zoom ring fit fairly well.

 

You can read my Nikon 18-55mm lens review.

 

A mid-range zoom lens gave me the perfect chance to try out some more creative underwater photography techniques. I used a dSLR camera, but many of these techniques like panning and slow shutter speed can work with a compact camera also.

 

blacksmith fish, panning technique

Blacksmith fish in motion. F11, 1/5th shutter speed

 

 

 

blacksmith swimming

Panning photo, single blacksmith swimming away. F11, 1/3rd

 

underwater fish photography

Blacksmith feeding, you can see one with it's mouth open. F11, 1/8th

 

zooming in on the fish

zooming while photographing these fish. F10, 1/5th

 

starfish underwater photo

Why are these bat stars all curling up? F13, 1/50th

 

blacksmith underwater photo

Blacksmith feeding, with it's mouth coming out. The flash freezes the action. F11, 1/13th

 

underwater model photo

zooming in while photographing my dive buddy underwater. F10, 1/8th

 

horn shark swimming underwater

Horn shark swimming away. F14, 1/125th

 

fish photo with my nikon 18-55mm lens underwater

A mid-range lens is perfect for fish photos like this one. F13, 1/160th

 

backlighting sea fans underwater

A combination of side-lighting and back-lighting lit up these underwater sea fans in Malibu nicely. F14, 1/200th

 

underwater dive buddy

Rotating the camera clockwise while taking the photo. I wish I had a better background in this photograph. F10, 1/8th

 

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Comments

I agree with Mikey, I like #2

I agree with Mikey, I like #2 the best.

-Renee

Super affects Scotty. Keep

Super affects Scotty. Keep the experimenting going it's great - Wendy.

Very nice, Sko-T! I like #2

Very nice, Sko-T! I like #2 best.

Mikey
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