How to Photograph Underwater Subjects
First of all, remember to put your Polarizer filter on your lens. But if you don’t have one (or like me, can’t find yours when you most need it !) here’s the next best thing. Photograph the subjects using the background to reduce reflection. For example, to get the photo in the Blue Spring manatees post — manatees swimming underwater in Blue Spring — I use the background of trees and foliage to break the severity of the sky’s reflection on the water. Look closely at the photo and you can see the shadow that the trees cast on the water and the areas with the sky’s reflection. The shadows made it possible to photograph the manatees swimming underwater. — David Muenker
A Word to Photographer Spouses
If you are the subject of one of your spouse’s photos, heed my advice. Before the photo gets posted or emailed to everyone on your friends list, be sure you inspect it with a fine-toothed comb!
Case in point. See the photo on the banner of this blog? See the wisp of hair standing straight up on my head? I had my chance to discover that devil’s horn and have David correct it. But I simply glanced at the photo, evaluating it on its overall effect but missing the details. When I finally noticed those errant hairs pointing skyward, he had already prepped and uploaded the photo.
Yes, I could have insisted that he fix it. But in fairness to him I didn’t – I had my chance to catch it and I didn’t.
Truth be told, wisps of hair standing straight up are a common sight on my head. They’re all part of who I am, so I might as well embrace those silly things, laugh and say, “Yup, that’s me!”