Mermaids and Photographers Got Innovative to Make Team Submerge

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“Forming a synergy and shared understanding of the project’s goal is very helpful”, says Submerge team member Felicia. She’s the model featured in the ‘Springs Widow’ NFT, a project that came about from the collaboration of four friends. Each team member of Submerge has an area of specialization that came into play to create their latest Non-Fungible Token. We spoke to the team to understand how they created their newest NFT – ‘Spring’s Widow’.

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Barney Smith Travels Around the World for Underwater Double Exposures

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“It’s something I would love to do more of, connecting film photographers from around the world”, says Barney Smith of the UK. He’s an underwater photographer with a self-confessed obsession for shooting film. Barney enjoys his photography more without the conveniences of a digital camera. It took him a while to learn the basics, but he never looked back once he got the hang of analog photography. Shooting film makes him slow down and think carefully about every possible variable before clicking the shutter on his Nikonos camera.

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Zola Chen Captured The Fascinating and Ultra Rare Megamouth Shark

All images by Zola Chen. Used with permission.

“We bring videos and images captured underwater up onto the land to show people who cannot swim”, says Zola Chen, a marine ecology photographer based in Taiwan. First observed in 1976 off Kahuku Point in O’ahu, Hawaii, the Megamouth shark is one of the rarest documented species of sharks. The then Waikiki Aquarium director Leighton Taylor named it Megachasma pelagios, Greek for “giant yawner of the open sea”. Its mouth can extend roughly to 30% of its body length, and it is one of only three filter-feeding types of shark. To date, it has been officially sighted less than 100 times.

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For Tom Bendelow, Underwater Photography Is a Wonderful Escape

All images by Tom Bendelow. Used with permission. Images of the model are also used with permission.

My name is Tom Bendelow. I make art to slow down, take a breath, and allow myself to focus on only one thing. I find peace by working and eliminating the noise of the outside world. In my artwork, I try to recreate this same sense of focus and provide my viewer with a moment isolated from reality. I like to shoot out “on-location,” somewhere that is outside of my everyday life. I really love to shoot underwater. It’s a completely different space with a whole new set of challenges for me to overcome. When I first look through the viewfinder, I consider what the final version of my image will look like. I try to preconceive what I will do to the image, how I will edit it.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Shoot Better Photos Underwater

With the help of today’s photography cheat sheet, you’ll be able to adequately prepare for underwater photography using your Mirrorless camera.

Ever wondered how you can get gorgeous underwater photos using your Mirrorless camera? There are actually many things to consider and keep in mind, including gear requirements, the best shooting mode, and using flash and other lighting options. Canon Asia comes to our rescue with some tips in their photography cheat sheet.

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Hengki Koentjoro Captures the Underwater Frolic of the Boys of Alor Island

All photos by Hengki Koentjoro. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Jakarta-based freelance photographer Hengki Koentjoro has been on our radar for impressive landscape photography shot in minimalist black and white. But, we’d also like to put the spotlight on his other outstanding photography projects, particularly his artful series featuring boys having a grand time playing in the waters of Alor Island in Indonesia.

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Tobias Friedrich Reveals Greenland’s Stunning Shades of Water and Ice

All photos by Tobias Friedrich. Used with Creative Commons permission.

“Just the tip of the iceberg,” so a famous saying goes, and this featured series offers a glimpse of what underneath the all the ice exactly looks like. In his hypnotic series titled Shades of Water – Ice, German underwater photographer Tobias Friedrich takes us to the frigid waters of Greenland to show us the otherworldly beauty that lies beneath the icebergs and the frozen surface. If you’re passionate about underwater photography, you’ll find this especially fascinating.

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The Olympus TG-6 is the World’s Most Modular Point and Shoot

Capable of working down to 50 feet of water, the Olympus TG-6 is an incredible modular point and shoot camera.

The Olympus tough camera lineup has always been pretty darned good for what they are, and the new Olympus TG-6 is promising to be even better–if not take it over the top. The company’s latest offering is pretty much as modular as a DSLR or Mirrorless camera without being a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Instead, Olympus allows photographers to have all the accessories they could possibly want. This camera is designed for the enthusiast that is afraid to bring their phone back from a swim and also always to be able to shoot great images underwater. However, it’s also a great, pocketable option for the photographer going on an excursion of some sort into more remote regions. Unfortunately, Olympus hasn’t given the camera a Four Thirds sized sensor; which is what I really wanted personally. However, it looks like it’s very capable of taking stunning photos. There are lots of other great things going on here.

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Tiina Törmänen Captures Dreamy Underwater Lakescapes

All images by Tiina Törmänen. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Underwater photography is one of the most challenging yet also breath-taking genres to get into, as we’ve seen in a lot of stunning projects we’ve featured in the past. Today, we bring yet another unique addition in the works of Finland-based Tiina Törmänen, who take us into the dreamworlds beneath the lakes of her country. If you’re a nature lover keen on discovering the beauty of underwater scenes, this set will make you want to take the plunge.

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Arman Zhenikeyev’s Underwater Portraits Look Like Gorgeous Paintings

All images by Arman Zhenikeyev. Used with Creative Commons permission. 

Getting interested in underwater portraiture and in need of some photography inspiration? We had a bunch of stunning underwater works featured in the past, and we have another beautiful one to share today. In his three-part series titled “Come Undone”, Kazakhstan-based Arman Zhenikeyev shows us an unconventional approach to underwater portraiture that produced some pretty interesting and moody results.

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Christy Lee Rogers Makes Baroque-Inspired Masterpieces Through Underwater Photography

All images by Christy Lee Rogers. Used with permission.

Hawaii-based Christy Lee Rogers simply amazes us with underwater photography that we’ve never seen before. Instead of the usual ethereal subjects floating gracefully, she photographs multiple subjects dressed in colorful fabrics to create vivid and elaborate scenes. The result is a visual style that makes creative use of water’s light-bending qualities, and features a painterly look that evokes the imagery of Baroque masters like Caravaggio.

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“Carbonated Ocean” Photos Raise Awareness for Climate Change’s Lesser Known Evil Twin

Striking conceptual photography is once again a major component of Christine Ren’s latest conservation campaign, called Carbonated Ocean

Last time we were in touch with performer, filmmaker, and underwater “artivist” Christine Ren, we had an insightful discussion about her (then) project about ghost fishing titled Silent Killers. Now, she’s back with a new website and another evocative project centered on marine conservation. This time, she zeroes in on climate change’s lesser known evil twin, ocean acidification.

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This 15-Year-Old Olympus Can Still Make Some Pretty Good Results with Underwater Housing

Anyone out there who still has an Olympus Camedia C-5060 lying around may want to try shooting underwater snaps with the 15-year-old camera

We’ve definitely gone a long way in terms of camera specs and image quality, but it’s still interesting to look back at what the cameras of yesteryears and decades past can do. Some of them still make pretty good results, even by today’s standards. Case in point is the 15-year-old Olympus Camedia C-5060, as shown to us in this quick test run video!

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Navatics MITO Underwater Drone Lets You Channel Your Inner Jacques Costeau

The 4K camera, advanced active stabilization technology, and live streaming capabilities may be just the tool for the underwater adventurer in you.

Heads up, underwater photographers and videographers, you might want to dive deep into this news. Underwater robotics specialist Navatics has recently introduced the Navatics MITO, an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which is equipped with 4K video recording capabilities and advanced active stabilization technology. With this new underwater drone, Navatics aims to make marine videography accessible both for consumers and professionals alike.

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NEMO Is a 4K Drone Capable Of Diving 100 Meters Underwater

While drones in the sky have been a thing for some time now, the time is coming for underwater drones

NEMO, as you may have guessed based on the name alone, is a 4K underwater drone that, much like the drones you are used to for flying into the sky, looks to expand the creative capabilities of photographers and videographers underwater. The new submersible drone, capable of diving up to 100 meters (328 feet), has been on Kickstarter and with 16 days remaining (at the time of writing), the projects have almost doubled their initial funding goals. Continue reading…

Mark Tipple’s Underwater Photography Documents a Different Side of Surf

All images by Mark Tipple. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Surf and underwater photography are among one of the most fascinating and exciting genres, but Australian freelance photographer and filmmaker Mark Tipple had a different idea in mind for his own approach. Instead of taking snaps of the agile surfers as they ride out the waves, he chose to capture what typically happens during a wipeout or a plunge into the turbulent waters. If you’re into this kind of action-packed photography, you might find this perspective interesting.

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The New Fujifilm XP130 Can Work Underwater Down to 65 Feet

The Fujifilm XP130 is the company’s latest tough camera.

If you’re one of those people who love to go underwater with a digital camera and want something more than your phone, then consider the new Fujifilm XP130. It’s the company’s latest tough camera touting the ability to shoot at 65 feet underwater. You can also drop it from 5.7 feet and expect it to work, as well as shoot with it at -14° F and it will still function according to Fujifilm’s claims. It’s doing all this with a 16.4MP 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor at the heart. In front of that heart is a 28-140mm f3.9-4.9 lens–which honestly seems pretty slow if you’re going to be shooting underwater. But at least it has image stabilization built in. It’s also just $229.95; which is super affordable for the adventure photographer. More details are after the jump.

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This Underwater 8×10 Camera System Will Only Cost You $5,800

All images used courtesy of the eBay listing

To add a bit of extra sparkle to your photographic hobby, consider channelling your inner 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and picking up this Underwater 8×10 camera system off of eBay. Yes, that’s right–you’d be shooting 8×10 film sheets under water. Pretty crazy, right? When you think of film cameras and going underwater, it isn’t unusual for the Nikonos to come up or even the Fujifilm underwater disposable cameras. But it isn’t every day that you consider something above medium format.

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Ken Kiefer Photographs Models Underwater With 40-50 Sharks

These images were the joint venture of Alex Suh, Liz Parkinson, Stuart Cove, Hayley Jo Carr, Rich Carr, Andre Musgrove, Daniel De Sa Freire, Tohru Yamaguchi. All images are being used with permission.

“I was very motivated to bring awareness to more people about sharks and their true behavior, ” says photographer Ken Kiefer to us about his recent project involving photographing models alongside sharks. “I spend a lot of time speaking to people about sharks, and it’s hard for most people to understand the level to which things are blown out of proportion.” Ken has been interviewed and featured many times on this website for his unique creative vision and working underwater.

“Dogs bite thousands of people per year, but reporting on a dog bite doesn’t bring the (same) level of attention that hearing of a shark bite. The media does everything they can to enhance this feeling of danger and the fear surrounding sharks, and facts are generally completely ignored.”

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Creating and Lighting Underwater Portraits

All images by Tim Davis. Used with permission.

“My biggest fear is that I will become stagnant and stale so staying near the edge if not hanging over it is where I want to be most days.” says Photographer Tim Davis about his work. Perhaps this is why he got so into underwater portraits–because so few people do them. Tim was born and raised in Wichita, KS and has owned/operated Tim Davis Photography there for 13 years. He tells us that he has 4 beautiful 12 year olds, Joey, Aiden, Sam and Brenna who have helped him become the man and artist he is today.

Well..that and slosely watching photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Joe McNally, Sal Cincotta, etc.

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Lucas Traurig: Underwater Photos With a Point and Shoot

All images by Lucas Traurig. Used with permission.

Lucas Traurig is a 21 year old and currently living in southern California. “I have been a PADI scuba instructor for the past year and a half.” he tells the Phoblographer. “The ocean has always been my passion.” On his excursions, Lucas tends to take lots of photos underwater; and has quite a setup to do so. He was first inspired by his mentor, who used an iPhone in a special case to take photos underwater.

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