Underwater Ofu

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This is one of the most technically difficult shots I've ever attempted.

This is a view both over and under the water at sunset on Ofu beach in the National Park of American Samoa. Calculating the proper exposure for the under and over water elements while the light was changing and the water level was bouncing rapidly across the field of view and maintaining focus with a very narrow depth of field inherent to dome housings- I'm surprised I got anything decent.

Technically this still has major problems. The constantly sloshing water draining over the dome makes the background peaks a little blurry and grainy. The sky is still a bit over exposed, but I couldn't use a grad like I would for a typical land shot to even out the exposure. The water movement prevents any type of combined exposure blend and the high ISO needed for this shot limits my ability to do post processing contrast adjustments without adding more noise. This was my first week with an underwater housing, and I've since learned how to overcome a few of those problems.

But because of the limitations of that day, this won't make a big print. However for the low resolution requirements of the internet I hope it captures the essence of snorkeling at sunset on a deserted island. That was my goal. I haven't seen any other underwater sunset photos like this, so I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. Khmanglo 42 months ago | reply

    WOW WOW WOW! That is absolutely superb. Absolutely fantastic colour, beautifully shot, well done!

  2. Khmanglo 42 months ago | reply

    Beautiful Beach shot, as seen on "Beach Paradise" !

    Please Invite other beautiful beach Photos too !
    Thanks for adding your fantastic shots, they're a great addition to the group.

  3. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    Very great shoot

  4. MauiLuna 37 months ago | reply

    This photo made me smile.

  5. Linda MPH 35 months ago | reply

    this is extremely cool

  6. cavallotkd 35 months ago | reply

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  7. Monkey_Harris 31 months ago | reply

    This is truly outstanding.

  8. Abdullah Samman 31 months ago | reply

    wow .. nice shot !!!

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  10. thomsen77 28 months ago | reply

    absolutly stunning!

  11. TEDI808 26 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot! Do visit us again sometime :) Faafetai tele

  12. Cuqui Ros 22 months ago | reply

    just stunning !

  13. latositti 20 months ago | reply

    Cannot resist to this colour.........Thank you for sharing such amount of beauty


  14. Ania.Photography - travelling 7 months ago | reply

    Great color of the water, beautiful tropical paradise Michael.

    It is my pleasure to invite this
    image to Absolute Quality Gallery

  15. A.Q.G 6 months ago | reply

    Thank you for adding this photograph to:
    Absolute Quality Gallery

    Absolute Photo Gallery Award

  16. Nick Boren Photography 6 months ago | reply

    I think you did a great job with the exposure considering the conditions you had to work with Michael.. bravo.. :-)

    Seen in the: A.Q.G Group

  17. frNaz 6 months ago | reply

    Seen in the: A.Q.G Group

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