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barbaragoode
 
barbaragoode November 06, 2020
Congratulations on your win

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in the waters of the Big Island, Hawaii. It was on the Kona side at a place called Two Step.
Time
This photo was taken about mid day in September. I never expected to see dolphins as close as I did. It was such an amazing thing to see dolphins interacting so closely to humans, I could see them looking at me I was so close!
Lighting
I was so excited to see the dolphins that I just let the camera do everything. It was a pretty sunny day so the water was nice and clear and made for some nice photos.
Equipment
The shot this photo with a Sony a6000 inside of a Seafrogs waterproof housing. No flash was used, just all natural light.
Inspiration
I have always been interested in underwater photography but never could afford the expensive housings. When my Hawaii trip was planned I scoured the internet for something affordable for me and came across the Seafrogs housing. It’s not the greatest but it got the job done and kept my camera dry. Just goes to show you don’t need the most expensive gear to get great shots.
Editing
Because I was in Hawaii for vacation primarily I shot everything in jpeg because I didn’t want to deal with thousands of raw files. I do wish I had shot some in raw but I was still able to edit the photo slightly to make the colors a little nicer and I bumped the clarity up a little too.
In my camera bag
I don’t like to carry tons of stuff so I try to keep things simple and only take what I really need for a particular situation. I normally carry my camera and a couple lenses. Other than those I have things like memory cards, extra batteries, camera strap, cleaning tools just in case and filters. I don’t always bring a tripod, unless I know for sure I will need one.
Feedback
Hawaii is a such a beautiful place on land and sea. My advice for anyone wanting to shoot nature or underwater would be to be patient and not expect to get the perfect shot right away. Wild animals don’t tend to stop and pose for you (unless you are lucky!) so you will be, for the most part, shooting in rapid fire. I had no experience shooting underwater so I was just holding the shutter down and hoping I would get a few good ones. I think it worked out pretty well! ????

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