Natural Light with Magic Filters

Finally in this Natural light section, I want to look at filters for blue water photography and in particular Magic Filters designed by the UK underwater photographer and marine biologist Dr Alex Mustard.

Seascape shots are not the easiest to achieve. This is due to the filtration effect of the blue water column, which in turn results in a blue/cyan cast in the picture. Several years ago Mustard applied his photographic skills and knowledge of water filtration issues in order to solve this problem. As a result he produced a set of filters designed to remove this blue/cyan cast, which restores the available light to its natural colour of how our eyes perceive it to be. In short: these filters don't add any colour, they subtract it. In essence, they restore natural colour by removing the unwanted blue/ cyan and green.

fig. 6.32 Children on the balcony. Nikon D300 housing, Tokina 10—17 mm zoom lens, f11 at 1/90th sec, natural light. This is not an under-over image. My camera was submerged in very shallow water in a mangrove swamp in Loloata, PNG. Through Snell's window, several children from a local school leaning over the balcony of their classroom — curious as to what I'm up too, wallowing about in mangroves less than 1 m of water!

fig. 6.32 Children on the balcony. Nikon D300 housing, Tokina 10—17 mm zoom lens, f11 at 1/90th sec, natural light. This is not an under-over image. My camera was submerged in very shallow water in a mangrove swamp in Loloata, PNG. Through Snell's window, several children from a local school leaning over the balcony of their classroom — curious as to what I'm up too, wallowing about in mangroves less than 1 m of water!

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