Sometimes it is necessary to take a break from writing informational blog entries about Seagate and its products. We hope that our habit of sprinkling interesting underwater shots within serious blog topics helps to make the blogs more interesting. The above yellow creature is called a nudibranch. This one measured ~ 2 inches in length. It is similar to a snail but without a shell. Although nudibranches are found in oceans worldwide, their greatest diversity and color occur in tropical waters. These creatures survive very well because they have developed a chemical defense in their skin that can deter and even immobilize an attacking predator.
There are some basic rules to taking pictures underwater:
– First of all, you should really try to keep breathing. Otherwise, the dive might end prematurely.
– Second, have patience. There will always be an interesting shot if you wait around, stay focused and aware … and try to also focus the camera.
– Third, get as close as possible to the subject, without scaring them away. Light does not travel very well underwater. Beyond 4-6 feet, the light from your strobes ( the flash) will not penetrate the water column and have time to return to the camera.
– Fourth, keep taking as many pictures as possible and eventually the odds will work out that a few will be very good ones worth saving and printing. This is now the digital age, and underwater cameras no longer use film. So you can afford to keep shooting until your memory card is full. Digital cameras also give you the opportunity to review the last pictures and adjust the light and focus settings for then next shot.
– Fifth, don’t lose your awareness of the dive, your depth, air in your tank, location, and your surroundings.
– Finally, practice with as much bottom time as you can with a camera in your hands and experience will prove to be your best teacher both in your underwater photography and also in your skill level as a diver.
This green moray and I spent 10 minutes motionless together, just peacefully observing each other. I was so focused that I did not notice his friend arrive until it bumped into my face mask. These eels are very territorial and also protective of their friends. Eventually the second eel settled into the same hole with his buddy.
If you stay relaxed, patient, and non-aggressive, the locals will allow you to slowly approach them and maybe even pose for the camera.