This is a scheduled post, as I am in Swaziland and South Africa until 7th March, and will probably have no internet access. If you do comment, please don’t think I am ignoring you by not replying!
Throwback Thursday is a social media phenomenon, where users post an old image of themselves. Rather than subject you to countless images of an even younger me, I have decided that each Thursday I am going to subject you to an older image of mine, and how the image came about.
47m is a fair way down underwater, yet the strong sun and clear water mean there is still plenty of light at this depth in Lanzarote. There is not a lot of Red Coral however, as it is quite prized for making in to Jewellery.
May 2007 – This photo was taken on an Olympus C5000 compact camera, it cost me £100 on Ebay, and was in the Olympus housing, which had been discontinued, so that cost me the paltry sum of £50. I had a single, second hand Epoque strobe.
Why so much second hand or discontinued gear? As a new underwater photographer, I didn’t want to be spending several thousand pounds housing my Nikon D70. I also simply couldn’t afford anything better at the time, spending my dive instructor wages mostly on beer!
I cropped the image to a square to remove a distracting area of bare rock. To retake this image, I would go for a wide angle accessory lens, which would let me get much closer, and make the coral ‘pop’ out from the background.
Technically and artistically it could be better, but I was working with the most basic of equipment, so feel reasonably pleased with how it turned out.
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