The very nice thing about this fish shot is that this guy posed. Around the reef they sit atop coral and just hover there. So I took advantage and floated in close and got this shot. No panning, no chasing,… just following the behavior pattern. Gotcha!
I wanted to ask, are you using your DSLR with underwater housing, or did you get a portable camera for these shots? I am going to St. Lucia where my cousin lives if I can arrange the trip for myself and a friend, and will love to get shots while snorkeling. Not ready for diving and they have pretty fish swimming in the shallows.
October 9, 2012 at 9:28 am
For snorkeling, there are a bunch of options. You can get a point and shoot that will go to 15 feet depth. Canon and Panasonic make one. It’s does cost some money. More cheaply you can look into getting a housing for your point and shoot. I would not chance a DSLR. If the water gets in, it would spell disaster. Look at a site like B&H where they will list underwater options for many cameras. There are plastic housings (thick plastic) that will hold about any point and shoot. In shallow water there is no problem with white balance because there is little fall off from depth. Point and shoots also shoot video, so do that also. In my blog PhotoCritical, I’m currently posting tips and experience underwater. I am most happy to answer any questions you have, if you email. Look into a plastic housing for your point and shoot. This probably the most inexpensive thing especially if this is really an occasional event. But by all means bring something underwater, it’s great fun. A caveat, I’ve fried one film, and one digital camera by water contamination. So that’s why I’m gunshy to take a DSLR. And the housings are more expensive than the camera. Presently, in the Red Sea, I find that a very popular combination is the Canon G11/12 and the Canon housing. Many divers are using this. I bought this before I came, because I knew I would be diving. In fact I am now able to dive about once per week. At that rate I have gotten more than my money’s worth. And the darn thing has yet to have any water leak. So far so good. I hope you have a great time. Another thought, look into renting. There are online sites. You might have luck.
October 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm
Thanks for the detailed answer. I was looking at point and shoots or renting a DSLR from Borrow Lenses. But I think I will take your advice on the point and shoot. I was leery of taking my DSLR there anyway, since we might be hiking and end up in a dicey area accidentally. Three women would be safer than me by myself I hope. I will check out your other blog too!
October 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm