Exercise Shooting into blue water

Try this exercise in the sea.

• At a depth of 10 m with the sun high in the sky, using ISO 200 with a wide angle lens, turn your flashgun off and switch your camera into Manual exposure mode so that you can select both the aperture and shutter speed value for yourself.

• Set the shutter speed at 1/125th second.

• Point your camera horizontally towards the blue water column. Conducting this exercise on a drop-off, looking out into clear blue water, is ideal.

• Take a series of shots from your smallest (f22) to your widest (f4) aperture. If you are using a digital compact camera your smallest aperture is around f8, which is closely equivalent to f22 on an SLR.

• The blue water column at f22 will record dark blue or black.

• Now adjust the camera apertures through f 16, f11, f8, f5.6, f4, f3.5, etc. Checkyour LCD reviewand you will notice the colour of the water column will lighten up and record as midnight blue, dark blue, blue, light blue, and so on.

Which shade of blue water do you prefer? This is your decision! Black or dark blue can increase the impact when combined with a colourful foreground. On the other hand, exposing for the blue water as seen by the human eye provides a sense of depth perspective and locates a subject in its surroundings.

fig. 6.2 Shutter 1/125th sec at f 16.

fig. 6.7 Shutter 1/125th sec at f2.8. Note: These blue water examples were shot at 07.30 during the month of July on a Red Sea reef. As the sun rises higher in the sky these blue backgrounds become lighter at given apertures. For compact cameras read f22 equivalent to compact f8. F16 equivalent to compact f7 and so on.

fig. 6.7 Shutter 1/125th sec at f2.8. Note: These blue water examples were shot at 07.30 during the month of July on a Red Sea reef. As the sun rises higher in the sky these blue backgrounds become lighter at given apertures. For compact cameras read f22 equivalent to compact f8. F16 equivalent to compact f7 and so on.

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