Diving with a new lens

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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