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THERE ARE DOZENS of expert
sources for getting the best
results with underwater photography. But here are a few of
mine, related to snorkeling
rather than scuba diving.
• As with any picture taking,
lighting is the key. The complete feel of an underwater
scene can change from one
time of day to the next. I have
had pleasing results early in
the morning, when the sun
hits the water at an angle.
You’re better off if the sun is
• Try to get close to your subject, and don’t shoot down
at it. This can be difficult as
waves push you around; and
as a snorkeler, you don’t
necessarily have weights. In
rivers, I try to find a rock to
hold on to as an anchor. In
coral reefs, this is prohibited,
as any touch (or step) can
damage the reef. In rivers,
avoid stepping on beds
where fish may spawn.
• Avoid stirring up sand in the
water with your feet or fins.
Being as still as possible
calms the scene.
• Study your camera’s user
manual to learn about flash
and preset modes that can
enhance the photo.
• After using your camera
in salt water, rinse it off
• Most important, exercise
common sense and caution.
Research an area before you
get in, swim with a friend,
don’t go out too far and don’t
touch anything. You’re a passing guest in a beautiful undersea world.—TT
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to use your photos, from traditional prints to
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water world in a deep, blue pool of a river.
For me, taking these pictures was a natural
extension of swimming in rivers, which I’ve done
all my life. When underwater cameras came along,
it was a fun addition to a mask and snorkel. The
camera is a way to capture the answer to the ques-
tion, “I wonder what’s in there?”
The wild rivers of the Pacific Northwest are
favorite destinations, and I’m usually accompa-
nied by my sons. Draining into the Pacific Ocean,
these waterways are home to salmon that are born
in the upper reaches, swim out to the ocean to live
their lives, then return to spawn. Trout and other
fish also live in these rivers. And underwater
landscapes can be stunning.
One favorite target is the Cooper River in
central Washington. In one spot, a deep, dark
pool forms at the end of a canyon. It’s a popular
hangout for summer sunbathers who jump in
from a nearby rock. One summer we took our
cameras in and found a large school of fish mill-
ing in the cool waters at the bottom of the pool.
A few months later, we found that salmon return
to the area in the fall, their sides crimson as they
move upstream to spawn.
Swimming pools make for easier water shots.
How about getting photos and video of the kids
jumping in or of their first swimming lessons?
Thanks for the memories
Using a basic waterproof camera, I have found
that only a small percentage of my shots turn out
to be those really “wow!” photos or video. The
lighting, clarity and lack of stability in the water
can make getting a truly great shot difficult.
Nonetheless, some turn out to be keepers. And I
like the idea of capturing reminders—above and
below the water—of places I have been fortunate
to visit and sharing them with friends.
Besides, trying to get a great picture is half the
fun. Floating motionless in warm, blue Hawaiian
waters waiting for a sea turtle to swim by is not a
bad way to spend a day. C