Posts Tagged ‘underwater’

Creative Portraits of Children Going About their Active Lives Underwater

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Photographer Alix Martinez has been shooting a very creative ongoing series of underwater portraits with the help of some brave and equally creative children. Blurring the line between fine art and conceptual, the images show children performing daily activities in the unknown abyss… alright, alright… it’s just a pool… but I prefer unknown abyss. Read more…

8 Essential Underwater Photography Tips from Sarah Lee

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Water photographer Sarah Lee (recently featured in a behind-the-scenes artist profile for the SmugMug Film series) grew up in Hawaii, surfing and swimming competitively. One day, while at a swimming competition, she was handed a camera and hasn’t looked back since.

She finds inspiration in the unpredictability of nature, creates art that captures the interplay of people, water, and light, and uses photography to find beauty in the chaos. If you want to take the plunge into underwater photography, check out Sarah Lee’s essential underwater photography tips below, plus get a close look at her underwater photography gear kit. Read more…

SmugMug Films Takes You Underwater to Watch Photographer Sarah Lee Work

In the latest installment of the SmugMug Films series, the site takes us behind the scenes with underwater photographer Sarah Lee as she does what she does best: dives under the waves to capture powerful, cinematic photography while being tossed around by the currents. Read more…

Curious Octopus Attempts to Snag Entire Underwater SLR Rig from Diver

Sea creatures are out to get your cameras. Don’t believe us? Well the evidence is overwhelmingly in our favor. Sharks, crabs and manta rays have all tried to snatch photography equipment from unsuspecting camera men and women in the past, and this video shows that octopuses (octopi? moosen?) are trying to get in on the action as well. Read more…

Chase Jarvis Gives DigitalRev’s Kai Wong a Taste of His Own Cheap Camera Medicine

DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenges are a big hit here at PetaPixel. Watching a pro use a less-than-capable camera to try and create something worthwhile is both hilarious and educationally valuable. Case in point: check out what cinematographer Phillip Bloom was able to do with a Barbie Camera and some creativity.

But now, we’re getting a real treat. In the video above, professional photographer Chase Jarvis turns the tables on DigitalRev’s Kai Wong by giving him only a GoPro Hero3+ to recreate a photo Jarvis shot using a Hasselblad. Read more…

Interview with Deb Schwedhelm, Air Force Nurse Turned Underwater Photographer

Deb Schwedhelm is a wife, mother, former nurse in the US Air Force and professional photographer who specializes in shooting underwater. Her photographs have been exhibited widely and featured in numerous publications throughout the world. Visit her website here.

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PetaPixel: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. You were a nurse in the Air Force before becoming a photographer, right?

Deb Schwedhelm: I grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After two years of nursing school, I decided to enlist in the Army Reserves. After boot camp and Advanced Individual Training (to become a Unit Supply Specialist), I returned to college and finished my Bachelors in Nursing. I then decided to become an Active Duty Registered Nurse, which I continued to do for 10 years. In 2003, I separated from the military in order to pursue a cochlear implant for my hearing-impaired daughter. In 2006, I purchases a DSLR and begin teaching myself photography — a longtime dream of mine (more on that below). Read more…

Beautiful Underwater Panoramas are Being Used to Help Scientists Save Coral Reefs

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Stunning, breathtaking, gorgeous, take your pick, any number of adjectives would work to describe the world’s coral reefs. But, sadly, another word would work as well: disappearing.

As a combination of climate change, overfishing and pollution is slowly destroying the reefs, one project is using panoramic imagery to catalog what’s happening and help the scientific community come together to solve this problem before there aren’t any reefs left to save. Read more…

Nikon May Have a ‘Serious’ Underwater Camera in the Works

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Underwater photographer might remember the old 35mm Nikonos waterproof cameras. Originally launched in 1963, the Nikonos underwater system set the standard for underwater imaging for many years until it was ultimately discontinued in 2001.

Nowadays, underwater photography is done digitally using some sort of waterproof housing, but a fresh rumor just cropped up that says Nikon is working on a dedicated ‘serious’ underwater compact camera. Does that mean a digital Nikonos? Read more…

Mesmerizing Photos of Cenote Angelita, an Underwater River

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No, you didn’t read the title wrong. Although it might seem like a bit of a strange concept, there is such a thing as an “underwater river,” and Russian underwater photographer Anatoly Beloshchin actually got a chance to photograph this amazing phenomenon. Read more…

Photographing Surfers Underwater: How Sarah Lee Makes it Happen

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We’re in the midst of Summer, and if you’re one of the many folks who live by coastline, you have access to one of mother nature’s most beautiful elements: the ocean. And while the lot of us prefer to purely listen to the waves crash from the comfort of the golden sands, photographer Sarah Lee has been taking her gear into the water and capturing surfers do their thing off the big island of Hawaii.

Having snapped scores of mesmerizing imagery of surfers beneath the waves — as if they themselves were sea life — Sarah Lee’s art piqued our interest. How does she do it? Surely there’s more to bringing your camera into the water and firing away, right? Read more…