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There’s a New Slug in Town

There’s a New Slug in Town

Three years ago, California was in the midst of a warm water event in which the surface temperatures of the Pacific elevated to unprecedented levels.  In addition to this event, which became known as “The Blob,” El Niño was on the horizon, overlapping “The Blob” with its characteristic warm waters.  The effects of these events as seen by divers in the coastal waters of Southern California were nothing short of stunning.  Sightings of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and even a…

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First Impressions; Nikon 8-15mm Lens Review

First Impressions; Nikon 8-15mm Lens Review

For starters, the Nikon 8-15mm lens is a stunningly sharp lens.  The images I have taken are clear and have great depth and detail. It is also a very versatile lens.  Although made for a full frame camera, it can be used on a crop sensor camera as well.  It makes beautiful diagonal images and has the added benefit of zooming out to 180 degrees in every direction, creating a circle in the frame. Although not really a zoom lens…

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Best Lens Choices for DSLR Underwater Photography

Best Lens Choices for DSLR Underwater Photography

Underwater photography has its challenges and chief among them is having the right lens for the shot you hope to achieve. Compact camera users have an advantage in this regard, as they can switch strategies underwater by adding a wide angle wet lens or diopter as needed. DSLR shooters, however, have to make a choice before the dive and stick with it. That means more than just a choice between macro and wide angle. It also means choosing the right…

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The Unforgettable Red Sea

The Unforgettable Red Sea

For Europeans, the Red Sea is as common a dive destination as the Caribbean is to US Citizens. Although the Red Sea is less frequented by US divers, it is one of the world’s gems when it comes to diving.  The crystal blue waters, abundant sea life, beautiful coral gardens and shipwrecks loaded with precious cargo make this one of the world’s best dive destinations. Sha’ab Abu Nahas reef is famous for hosting several shipwrecks.  The reef lies just north…

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Acting Snooty! How to Get Results Using a Snoot for Underwater Photography

Acting Snooty! How to Get Results Using a Snoot for Underwater Photography

Snoot photography can be a fun and rewarding way to up your game in underwater photography.  Besides being a quirky word, a snoot is a tool photographers use to manipulate light. Underwater, it is most often used in macro photography, but can be a valuable tool for wide angle shooting, especially in less than stellar conditions.  Take a look at the following images to get an idea of what a snoot can do. The image below was taken using two strobes…

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Strobe Positioning for Wide Angle Underwater Photography

Strobe Positioning for Wide Angle Underwater Photography

Mastering the light in an image is perhaps one of the most challenging skills we learn as photographers.  Underwater, that skill must be developed even more because of the limitations we face with available light, and technology. The strobes on your rig are versatile tools that can help make beautiful images when used correctly.  There are several positioning and lighting techniques that can help you become a proficient and talented underwater photographer. Backscatter.  Everyone worries about backscatter. But truly, there…

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How to Remove Splotches Using Lightroom CC Local Adjustments

How to Remove Splotches Using Lightroom CC Local Adjustments

Sometimes our underwater photos are plagued with backscatter, but sometimes you have a great image–if only there wasn’t that ugly splotch of backscatter right over the top of your subject.  This tutorial shows how to reduce or remove that large splotch, without ruining your image. Subscribe now! As always, if you enjoy my images please visit my website, waterdogphotography.com, or give me a like on Facebook at Waterdog Photography Brook Peterson.  Don’t forget to follow me here at waterdogphotographyblog and please feel free to…

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