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In Topic: How to deal with hazy water?

10 August 2015 - 06:18 PM

I would go to f5.6, that will help a little.


The key thing why you are getting "haze" in this sort of a shot is what Tom mentions, shooting toward the light.  If you are in the shallows like this and using natural light you need to get the sun behind you, it will help illuminate the sealions and bring out the colour.  Shooting at a downward angle in these situations also works, similar to your third shot. 

Also, don't be afraid to try strobe, these guys are getting close enough to you for that, just bring the strobes out really wide and point them parallel with the lens and keep the front of the strobes behind the front of the housing.  with strobes an fstop of 5.6 - 11 is good for subjects such as these that will be 2-4 feet away from you

In Topic: How to deal with hazy water?

09 August 2015 - 11:44 PM

Can you please post a few samples of what you ended up getting?  Also, let us know the settings of each shot.



In Topic: Why I Love Macro

08 August 2015 - 10:23 PM

Good stuff

In Topic: Mexico

06 August 2015 - 03:43 PM


In Topic: Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Expectations?

06 August 2015 - 06:43 AM


Interesting though that Mike found the issue over backscatter. I'd have thought there were other problems that caused more annoyance - bleached out images; "hey, where's the fish?"; poor focus. Maybe technology has removed those issues and only left backscatter. Ohhh, did we mention composition? Maybe the Amateur Photog gag wasn't so far off the mark!


Tim, actually the reason I mention backscatter is this, when one of the students gets an absolutely fantastic image, well composed with really nice lighting and I have a look and tell them what a great image it is they then say: "Ya, but there is some backscatter".  And they mean the 5 miniscule bits of scatter that pretty much show up because they are shooting in a high nutrient in the water column area such as Lembeh.  When I explain that a little bit of scatter is normal in such conditions they say something like "but I want ones like I see on the internet that don't have any scatter at all".


Thats what I mean by unrealistic :)

Here is an example of current macro nature photography above water. Subject small in the frame, negative space used powerfully. The majority of underwater photographers are striving for much more simplistic macro: 




Hopefully link works this time. 



Worked, great images!