Although this image is not the exact technique of discussion… thought would use this image to explain a technique that I particularly feel has had its time…

With so many images floating around on the net and almost everyone into digital photography these days ~ it’s pretty difficult for a photographer to set themselves apart from the norm… this is a given. Something we must all accept.

Times this by a factor of x1000 and you’ll probably have an idea of the much more challenging conditions that an underwater photographer faces to stand “head and shoulders” above the rest…

It’s all about perspective and your viewpoint on what is underwater photography and what is underwater photography “art” !!!

There’s been a sweeping trend of technical artistry ~ that for me somehow ~ just doesn’t work ~ or rather without being too demeaning “seldom hits the sweet-spot” on a personal level…

Darkened negative space, the subject surrounded by a dark background ~ often created using shallow depth of field, a narrow aperture and fast shutter speed ~ using flash to highlight the subject only ~ and leave a contrast of black background.

Widely considered cool within ‘the community’ ~ but for me it seems too common ~ you now see it everywhere! It doesn’t hit what I feel marine photography should be about… and that’s “environment!”

Animals in their ecosystem, their environment… Often environment gives many inherent clues as to what the creatures are doing ~ their food items, their biology ~ their behaviour ~ so why blank it out?

So please ~ lets turn the page and look to some new and novel ways to express the realms of the deep… the black background is so passé!

RedBubble a page to express yourself! :-)


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As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily9 months ago

    beautiful picture!!

    You can now enter this picture in the challenge Featured images December 2013
    if you have more than one in the challenge, just choose the one you like the most

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