In Conclusion

We use models to place a human element within the sea. We also use them as a 'prop' to occupy the blue water void in the background, which could otherwise appear to the viewer as empty space.

I would encourage advanced photographers to explore other ideas to fill dead space in wide angles. I freely admit that I have become preoccupied with this, and perhaps, if I'm honest, a little lazy. It's so easy to fill the void with a diver but I have been in search of other ideas to accomplish the same thing, i.e. filling the void — occupying the dead space — the far-off background.

I discuss my ideas on this at the end of this chapter in the 'Wide Angle Wow Factor' section, on page 440.

FIG. 9.21 Rule of thumb! When the shot is about the model themselves, direct eye contact with the viewer often works. In this example you are looking at the reflection of a face in an airlock. Rotate the page 90 degrees to see which way it was taken.

Nikon D300, 17 mm end of my Tokina fisheye, f 11 at 1/90th sec, ISO 200, one flashgun above the housing pointing out.

FIG. 9.21 Rule of thumb! When the shot is about the model themselves, direct eye contact with the viewer often works. In this example you are looking at the reflection of a face in an airlock. Rotate the page 90 degrees to see which way it was taken.

Nikon D300, 17 mm end of my Tokina fisheye, f 11 at 1/90th sec, ISO 200, one flashgun above the housing pointing out.

FIG. 9.22 This shot is all about the personality of our liveaboard cabin boy. Same equipment as Fig. 9.21 aperture of f 11 at 1/320th sec.

FIG. 9.23 When we're not travelling I get to photograph babies who are learning to swim. Without doubt, the most rewarding photography of all! Nikon D200, 12 mm end of 12—24 mm lens, f6.7 at 1/90th sec, one flashgun above the camera on very low power.

FIG. 9.22 This shot is all about the personality of our liveaboard cabin boy. Same equipment as Fig. 9.21 aperture of f 11 at 1/320th sec.

FIG. 9.23 When we're not travelling I get to photograph babies who are learning to swim. Without doubt, the most rewarding photography of all! Nikon D200, 12 mm end of 12—24 mm lens, f6.7 at 1/90th sec, one flashgun above the camera on very low power.

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