Hawaiian ceremony on a surfboard.

Hawaiian ceremony on a surfboard.
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KayBrewer May 06, 2014
Ex-cell-ent. Well deserved Editors Choice.
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Stunning shot!
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really amazing composition

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken during a surf board wedding at white rock beach on Maui, Hawaii. This is an hawaiian minister named Kuya.
It was about 9am.
The sun light was already harsh but it did give me some good lighting under water and above.
I used a Nikon D700 in an Under water housing, Ikelite with an 8" dome port and a 24mm Nikkor F2.8. Speed 640 @ f8, iso 200. The combination of the wild angle and the dome port is a good setting for under-above water shots (half and half). I was shooting from a surfboard, laying down, the camera on the side.
I am always trying those half half shots and getting a good result is very challenging.Everything move and the waves or wake can run the shot.
I just brought back the shadows by opening them on Views Nx2 from a raw file and push the color saturation a bit.
In my camera bag
I always have a minimum of 2 camera, Nikon D600 and D4. -My favorites lens: Nikkor 70-200 AFD VR f2.8, 24mm f2.8 and a 50 mm f1.4. two nikon hot shoe flash with remote control pocket wizard TT5, light and effective. Extra card, batteries and a few polarizer filters.
To capture something similar you will need a wide angle lens minimum of a 24mm and lower. I used to have an 10.5mm nikon. the more angle you have the better the effect will be. Don't forgot that your subject will have to be very close the bigger your angle is. You will need an under water housing like Ikelite (diving housing are bit heavy but steady), aquatech or other sport housing, lighter than the diving housing and easier to handle out of the water. The most important for those half shot is the dome port that you use. Domes port of 6" or 8" or bigger are better for the effect. Choose a good sunny day and calm water. Also I do shoot with priority aperture so I don't have to adjust manually when clouds come our way. The control of the aperture is important for the depth of field, how sharp the subject is under water and above. Focussing on the part under water is a better choice but when its action that we need to take, focus on the subject above water. try and try, practice makes it better. Some time you have a great shot that could be ruin by a water spot right on the face of your subject.

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