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Alfredo_Jose December 11, 2018
Excellent shot!
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RDVPhotography December 21, 2018
Thanks Alfredo, been off here for a few days visiting my grandson. I am very happy the way this shot came out.
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eddierogers Jan 30
Outstanding work
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Thank you very much Eddie, lucky also as my camera got flooded the previous day and I was able to borrow the boats gear for a couple days.

Curious Turtle



I was on a dive trip to the Cayman Islands and this turtle became very curious and provided an excellent subject for underwater photography, especially with a c...
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I was on a dive trip to the Cayman Islands and this turtle became very curious and provided an excellent subject for underwater photography, especially with a couple other divers in the background.
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Behind The Lens

Location
I captured this image in the waters off Grand Cayman Island while on a scuba diving trip.
Time
This was taken in the middle of the afternoon at 2:50 PM on my second dive of the day.
Lighting
In underwater photography you have to use artificial lighting to really get the shot. For this image I had two Sea & Sea YS 90 strobes attached to an Ikelite underwater housing for a Nikon D90. You also need to make white balance adjustments during a dive to get the best colors.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D90 with an Ikelite housing and twin Sea & Sea YS 90 strobes.
Inspiration
This turtle just came right up to me and posed for me so I took about 3 shots. This was the second shot and I caught another diver in the background along with air bubbles from a couple of other divers hidden behind the turtle. My first digital camera was for underwater photography.
Editing
When I first started doing underwater photography I used cameras that were small compact digital cameras that only shot JPG photos. On this trip I rented this setup of an Ikelite housing, Nikon D90 and 2 Sea & Sea YS 90 strobes so I could shoot RAW. Shooting RAW allows you to shoot without making a lot of white balance changes during a dive as you can set this later in post. I edited this image in LR. I used Dehaze to make the image more clear then went to lens correction. I then cropped the image a bit followed by cropping, noise reduction and pre-sharpening. Next I adjusted highlights, shadows, white and black points. I then made tone adjustments and a few color adjustments, mostly luminance adjustments. I then went to work with the spot removal tool to clean up a little backscatter from the strobe from particles floating in the water.
In my camera bag
On dive trips I usually take three cameras. Two dive cameras that fit in the same housing and a third camera for land use. On this trip I just took my land camera and rented the underwater setup. The reason for usually taking two dedicated cameras for underwater work is in case I have a problem with a camera, considering the cost of a dive trip.
Feedback
First get trained in Scuba Diving and get your Advanced Open Water Rating before working on underwater photography, learn to be a very good diver first. Then take some lessons on underwater photography. One of the easiest ways to do this is by booking a liveaboard with a photographer on staff.

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