The Deep

This was from one of the very first times shooting underwater models in Tahiti. With probably the best underwater clarity I have ever seen we set out to create ...
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This was from one of the very first times shooting underwater models in Tahiti. With probably the best underwater clarity I have ever seen we set out to create a 'out of this world' mood. The clarity really helped to create space and a feeling of depth.
Working with models underwater is really not that easy - synchronising holding breath and making the most of the few seconds below the surface, framing the shot, achieving the right pose, setting camera settings and focus right becomes a whole new thing when you are below the surface. We had so much fun though. And it's definitely something I'd like to work more on.
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Ricky0663 April 13, 2016
IWOU ld Love to see more like this!!
scottjamieson June 19, 2016
I love this shot the composition and lighting really get me.

Behind The Lens

I took this photo in French Polynesia on the islands of Raiatea.
This was captured in the afternoon, during incoming tide as we wanted the water to be as clear as possible. On an outgoing tide the warmer water from the more shallow reef flows down into the deeper ocean and take the dirt with it. Not so good for clear underwater shots like this one.
All natural light. We focussed on getting the most amount of light possible on the head and upper part of the modal but also show the distance of her to the ground so it was obvious that she was floating / hovering motionless in the water.
This was captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 + Panasonic LUMIX 8mm f/3.5 fisheye inside the Olympus PT-EP11 underwater housing in combination with a ZEN 100mm dome port. Super compact and portable.
The incredible clear water of French Polynesia inspired me to capture an image showing a fresh perspective on an unusual underwater world. It's so clear that the moment you open your eyes underwater you think you can actually breathe. Things just float and hang around in mid air... which is water obviously. It's like a different world. Then there was also the challenge of shooting underwater. I love a challenge and trying to get the model to just seem like she was hovering in place was the goal of this shot. I wanted it to look like should could actually have been there for a while. Make it look like this was her natural environment.
All of the post processing is done in Adobe Lightroom CC. I reduced the colours to blue tones to achieve a mysterious and cold, unknown place.
In my camera bag
As an Olympus Visionary I use mostly Olympus gear. My bag consists of: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 PRO fisheye M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 PRO M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 And then the underwater gear: Olympus PT-EP11 underwater housing and 2 Olympus Ports that will hold my 12-40mm as well as the 8mm and the 7-14mm lenses.
go for it! Obviously the most important thing is clear water and to be comfortable over as well as underwater. Focussing can be tricky underwater, so make sure to check the shots as you go and double shoot your images to minimise the risk of having out of focus images. Shoot a lot too! I was shooting on burst mode (11fps on the Olympus E-M1) so I was sure to capture the right moment. Other than that the fisheye lens really helped make the water look even clearer by letting me be much closer to the model than it seems. The lesser the distance underwater the better the vision. So a wide lens is incredibly helpful with shots like these.

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