Batbitim Palm Tree Reflection 1

During my recent journey to the Misool Ecoresort in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, my main ambition was underwater photography. I created most of my images while scuba diving at a depth of 10-20m. However, I made this dramatic image in the shallow water located between the dive center and restaurant. This beautiful tropical lagoon was composed of a white sand beach and teemed with baitfish and baby blacktip reef sharks. I had originally intended to photograph these creatures, but when I discovered the reflection of the coconut palm trees on the surface I turned my attention to photographing this instead. I was also drawn to the spectral refraction patterns on the sandy bottom, but the surface reflection is really where any good wide-angle underwater image can be found. I created this image without looking through my viewfinder through trial and error until I figured out how far back to angle my camera housing while it rested in the sand. I used my Canon 5DmkII and Canon 17-40mm f4 lens with a +3 diopter inside of my Ikelite 5DmkII housing with my 8″ dome port. This image required minimal processing using Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS5.

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    Shooting from the inside out. The colors and the motion of the photograph draw me in. I see this work is entitled ….Reflection 1. Are there more?

    Rebecca-Thanks for enjoying this image. I have 3 images from this sequence. I always process a few similar images to submit as stock.

    Ian-Thank you. I suspect that I have more sunny dive trips ahead of me than sitting around in the cold waiting for good light in Patagonia trips. Both are enjoyable in the own way, but I much prefer the warm weather as I get older. Too many places & only 1 lifetime. Best wishes, my friend.

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