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The two worlds and the Barracuda



Overunder image. A great Barracuda entered the frame while I was taking this overunder shot in Bonaire.

Overunder image. A great Barracuda entered the frame while I was taking this overunder shot in Bonaire.
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sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 January 06, 2014
Wow...totally amazing...Congrats (:
daniellepowell
 
daniellepowell January 06, 2014
wow amazing shot
Celtic
 
Celtic January 07, 2014
very cool shot, congrats!
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan January 07, 2014
Like the clouds, water waves, colours and shapes.................cool capture. Congrats on the feature.
LeeBennett PRO+
 
LeeBennett January 07, 2014
Congratulations on your feature, wonderful shot!
jorgepenedo
 
jorgepenedo January 07, 2014
Cool
cilla8 PRO
 
cilla8 January 07, 2014
awesome!! Congrats on Feature!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta January 07, 2014
Awesome image & good fortune that the barracuda swam along at just the right right time. Congratulations.
Pamentos
 
Pamentos January 07, 2014
STUNNING!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon January 07, 2014
Wonderful image, congratulations on your well deserved feature
iceman2
 
iceman2 January 07, 2014
Wonderful shot.Congrats!
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WileKyK January 07, 2014
Amazing use of movement! Congratulations on your Feature!
AndreaE
 
AndreaE January 07, 2014
Beautiful image! Congrats on your Feature!
AlexDoris
 
AlexDoris January 07, 2014
Breathtaking, just incredible, congratulations!
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican January 07, 2014
very cool
kimberlyspencer1000 PRO
 
kimberlyspencer1000 January 07, 2014
So astounding, I'm speachless!! Gorgeous photo!!
Bannekh
 
Bannekh January 07, 2014
Nice shot
TammyMarie
 
TammyMarie January 07, 2014
Congratulations!! Beautiful!
limar1974
 
limar1974 January 07, 2014
great shot!
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios January 07, 2014
Very cool Composition... This is a great POV shot very well done... Love the Clouds as well, Great Sky!
joecas
 
joecas January 07, 2014
Very beautiful composition! Congrats!
jojoxena
 
jojoxena January 07, 2014
Absolutely amazing shot,congrats!
mikemalak
 
mikemalak January 07, 2014
Great shot
jaxdolfan
 
jaxdolfan January 07, 2014
Nicely done, amazing!
brentmorris
 
brentmorris January 07, 2014
Amazing perspective
feistyvolk PRO
 
feistyvolk January 08, 2014
Oh my! I would be terrified. That said - excellent photography - I would seriously vote for it in every contest it was in because the technique and artistry is fantastic. Great job!
cbellstevenson
 
cbellstevenson January 08, 2014
Wow! Awesome capture!
CLARITA
 
CLARITA January 08, 2014
Great shot
hotpixel
 
hotpixel January 09, 2014
Incredible image... national geographic material !!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 January 11, 2014
Very cool - nice work! Congrats!
Katayoon
 
Katayoon January 11, 2014
WOW! The is really unique! Great capture!
jamesvcase
 
jamesvcase January 13, 2014
OH WOW!!!!! I am truly speechless. Congrats on the win too.
june_coker_428
 
june_coker_428 January 14, 2014
Incredible - split second capture!
Irfat2161
 
Irfat2161 January 15, 2014
awesome shot jaw dropping
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dava-dk-kakud January 17, 2014
wau nice shot
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Holly211016 January 23, 2014
2014 Best featured... A WoW!
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marcocalandra89 January 26, 2014
grea!
SuperT22
 
SuperT22 March 13, 2014
excellent
adamjohns Premium
 
adamjohns April 05, 2014
My congratulations to you on an absoloutley stunning picture
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi August 12, 2014
awesome shot !
snapshotimages
 
snapshotimages August 13, 2014
awesome
seatonimages
 
seatonimages November 26, 2014
fantastic!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life November 28, 2014
WOOOW! absolutely WICKED !!! 8) but really, really awesome!!! Which lens did you use here!? I'm in awe :):):)
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne December 07, 2014
It`s Fantastic.
RayYoungYHY
 
RayYoungYHY December 07, 2014
AMAZING!!!!
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock December 11, 2014
I'd like to invite you to enter the "fabulous fish-eye lens" challenge.....
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barbarabrock December 11, 2014
I'd like to invite you to enter the "fabulous fish-eye lens" challenge.....
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barbarabrock December 11, 2014
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barbarabrock December 11, 2014
I'd like to invite you to enter the "fabulous fish-eye lens" challenge!
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barbarabrock December 11, 2014
I'd like to invite you to enter the "fabulous fish-eye lens" challenge!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 19, 2014
stunning shot !
CherylG
 
CherylG February 16, 2015
WOW!! This is fantastic!! Such amazing work!!
terryc PRO+
 
terryc February 24, 2015
Perfect timing, perfect capture!
winwin
 
winwin March 05, 2015
Creative thinking
Dunner PRO
 
Dunner March 07, 2015
Phenomenal work!
ManCorMac
 
ManCorMac March 07, 2015
Nicely done, congrats...
RAPJones
 
RAPJones March 30, 2015
Fantastic shot!!
leecormier
 
leecormier April 30, 2015
The more pics i see like this the colder my coffee gets.great shot.
francoromani
 
francoromani June 15, 2015
Man, this is excellent stuff. Champion
JoanLoBo PRO
 
JoanLoBo June 30, 2015
very creative..I can't fathom how you achieved this masterpiece, but it's amazing
Jacic
 
Jacic July 04, 2015
All your underwater photos are amazing!
KellyPhotos
 
KellyPhotos July 07, 2015
Very unique capture...composition, colors, technical skill. Awesome.
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andinorwich
 
andinorwich May 25, 2017
oooooooo almost makes me dizzy looking at this photo! lol. well done!
4theloveofphotography
 
4theloveofphotography September 07, 2017
really cool!
icesailr PRO+
 
icesailr Jan 30
So much to see and love about this photo.
44sonia PRO+
 
44sonia Sep 30
I don't know how you did it, but I love it

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the shallow waters of the south-west coast of the island of Bonaire, Netherland Antilles. Is where I'm based.
Time
I took the shot around 10 am. The sun was already high but still I could live it behind me and not frame it.
Lighting
The light relfection of the white sands of the bottom made the colour of the water very bright and vibrant. I wanted to bring that feeling in the final image, so I used only natural light, balancing the top-side and the -underwater exposures, to get the optimum in one shot.
Equipment
For this particular shot, I used a Nikon D80 with a fisheye Nikon 10,5mm f1.8 in an underwater housing EasyDive Leo2. On the housing I mount a 8" dome port that allows me to make the over-under shots.
Inspiration
It was a very clear morning where all the caribbean colours were in a strong contrast, even if the sorrounding where just water and a cloudy sky, I was captured by sense of peace and tranquility and at the same time by the intensity of the Nature. I really wanted to capture the entire scene: above and under the water. What is the best way to represent the above world and the underwater world at the same time if not an over-under shot? The Barracuda was not expected, it just entered into the frame while I was shooting.
Editing
I processed the RAW file in Camera Raw balancing shadows, highlights, black and vibrance.
In my camera bag
My everyday backpack has a Nikon D800+grip with Tamron 24-70mm and 70-200mm both f2.8. I always bring ND graduated filter, polarizers and remote controller. Also I bring a tripod Gorilla Pod Focus with a Manfrotto head.
Feedback
1. Over-under photography it is not an easy task. Many technical issues are involved. The difference between the light over and the light under, the focus, the ability to keep the lens (dome port) half outside while floating with heavy gears in a dynamic matter as the water is and, at last but not least, the water drops on the outside part of the crystal dome which are there to make ephemeral all your efforts. I always dedicate a lot of time to get this kind of shots. The beauty and the challenge of this is that I get unpredictable results. Some of them are simply unseenable, but a few are very captivating. To shoot overunder with a dramatic effect is suggested a fisheye or ultrawide angles (8 or 10mm). Very important is to shoot overunders in calm waters. The wide angle in the dome port will give a nice “bulge” effect exactly at the surface line. Therefore it is necessry to be steady keeping the dome half in and half out of the water. I suggest to use only DSLR with the proper housing for this porpose. Usually I use the natural light as much as is possible, that gives me a more balanced lights in the split images. Be carefull to the sun: shooting against the sun, not only will generate flares and reflections on the drops sticked on your dome, but also will highlight the impurities and the fine scratches of the dome port (especially if this is made by acrylic). In the case of an overu-nder shot, the strobes are mostly used in the “under” part of the image (well positioned underwater) but this can highligt the particles (backscatters) just beneath the surface with uncontrollable and undesirable results. I use strobes with this technique only rarely, only in the dusk with the sunset light, when beneath the surface is darker (3 or 4 stops more compared to the outside) to illuminate eventually a coral or a school of fish, but it is very important that the water has to be clear and not murky. Use of strobes can unbalance the natural light of the final image wich can appear artificial in the submerged part. Something that drives me creazy sometimes are the drops on the upper part (outside of the water) of the dome port. These irregular drops creates a deformation in some parts of the images and are unpredictable. To rid off of them the best way is to “spit”, literally, on the dome and spread it all over it with the fingers, than quickely immerge the dome in the water to wash away the spit and take the shot: after few seconds the drops will appear again! Because of that, it is better to get the correct aperture and try the composition first. For the focus usually, with an ultra wide angle or a fisheye mounted, I use the matrix AF-C and that works fine for me when the subjecs, both outside and/or underwater, are far more then a meter from my lens, otherwise, for closest subjects, I select manually the focus point in AF-C setting where I desire it. Be carefull to do not focus the surface line, because the rest will be blurred. The best is always to calculate the hyperfocal (is a distance beyond which all objects can be brought into an "acceptable" focus). I keep the speed shutter above 1/200 or higher. The preferreble aperture is between f/9 and f/14.

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