Getting Wet - A journal of images from the water

My image “Some Days are Diamonds” has generated a great response, including a few comments as I’ve seen on other images wondering how I created them so I figured I ’d put together a journal about capturing images from the water!

First of let’s have a look at the tools of the trade; I use a Canon G9 Powershot, not the flashest camera but it does the trick in the water. It lacks a bit of speed it is just over a second or so between pushing the button and the image being taken. It has been great for my photography, I get one shot per wave, no holding down the button and picking the best image later, timing is everything! I house the little machine in a Canon Water Housing attached to my wrist with an arm strap and my trusty pair of fins!

Next getting out can be a bit of a challenge cause these big things often lurk just below the surface and they are really hard if you misjudge and get pounded onto then, fortunately I have avoided this so far!

Once I’m out there I rely very heavily on the trusty fins to ensure that can get under waves, battle the currents and of course get out the way of surfboard quickly. I’ve only had a couple of close calls where I’ve lost these going under a wave, makes for a long swim in!

Fitness plays a big part and you need to know you limits, the ocean commands respect and must be given respect in return. I don’t go out on days like this (although i would like to get fitter and give it a go!)

I spend most of my time chasing this little man around out there helping him surf so we I manage to get wet most mornings of the week. This is Josh!

Going under waves is always fun and creates some cool images, I love the way the air bubbles catch the light!

Now there are a few hazards out there and you need to watch out for fins – they bite!

However getting in nice and close does have its advantages, you can get some really great images!

Now I hope that nothing with fins ever looks at me like this, although there was one day when I had a scare but I try not to think about that!

At the end of day its a wonderful world out there and you can capture some fantastic images!

Thanks for looking and I hope to bring you a whole heap more!

Cheers,
Paul

Journal Comments

  • Phil Threlfall
  • Parabol
  • dinghysailor1
  • Bev Woodman
  • PBWright
  • mikebov
  • Julie Thomas
  • terezadelpilar ~ art & architecture
  • Scott  d'Almeida
  • MDunham
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