Learning the Art of Underwater Photography

A Beacon in the Dark

A Plumose Pair Orange Plumose

Since we had traveled up to the Seattle area April 4th for Scott Sigler's Book Tour, we decided to make the most of the trip and go diving Saturday morning. Being lazy divers, we went up to Edmonds Underwater Park in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle.

A hardy breakfast was acquired at a little cafe called the Red Twig. Très yum.

After that we grabbed some tanks at the local dive shop then miraculously found a parking spot at the park. Normally the place is packed on the weekends. Fortunately for us, it was overcast and threatening rain, which seemed to discourage the normal swarms of park goers.

This was the second time I dove with our compact digital camera. The first time I was so smitten with the video function, I didn't take many photos. This time I remembered to take some photos. However, my obsession with video took over again when I came across fish. I do regret not grabbing a few still shots of the cabezon's as they let me get relatively close. Ah well, there's always next dive.

I have discovered that underwater photography is a bit trickier than land photography. If the surge and current wasn't enough to contend with, around these parts there isn't a whole lot of light at 30ft. Also, kicking up sand and sediment is also a problem. I found that gently drifting down to the sea floor helps with many of these setbacks. I still have a ton to learn, though. And since I don't have a small fortune to spend on a nice underwater camera with macro, big lights, and stabilization, the learning process is going to be a bit challenging. But you know what? I think I'm OK with that. I say, bring on the challenges. :)

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Technical Details (Anemone Photo) Aperture Value: f/3.4 Focal Length: 6 mm Exposure Program: Auto ISO: 100 Shutter Speed Value: 1/100 sec Camera: Casio EX-V7