They’re The Best Water Photos Ever Taken, And They’re Strangely Calming.
Penguins in Antarctica
During a free diving and sailing trip in Antarctica, we found a school of gentoo engines feeding in the open ocean, so we just get in the 0° water with them, it was an freezing experience!
Taken from out in the ocean at Manly Beach in Sydney on an incredibly perfect morning of clean waves and golden light, this photo shows a glimpse into the hidden treasures of the sea that not many people are lucky enough to experience. It is rare that Manly gets waves as clear and consistently dramatic as the ones I enjoyed on this morning and I'm sure glad I made the decision to pack the waterproof camera rather than opt for long exposure seascapes like i so iften do. This is one of those mornings where all the elements lined up and I was able to take full advantage to produce one of my all time favourite in-water photographs.
Cirkewwa is one of the best freediving locations in Malta with impressive reef walls and wonderful 30+ metre visibility. To get this photo I was watching one of my freediving students during his dive, and I then met him at 5m from the surface. The shallow depth allowed the colours to be kept in the shot and the picture stands out because of the eye contact with the diver, the clear blue water background and the bubbles giving a sense of movement.
I Am In His Mind
We were playing with a baby sperm whale in the Indian Ocean, and this one was coming at us and very curious!
Tug 2 & Freediver
Not far off the coast of Malta, the recently scuttled 'Tug 2' wreck is an ideal playground for freedivers, as it sits at a depth of just 12-20m. On this occasion we were having some fun after a training session and my freediving student requested a photograph of himself next to the wreck. Thanks to his ability underwater, he confidently sat on the bow of the wreck and posed while I dived down and framed the shot at the angle I envisioned. I feel the conversion to black and white adds atmosphere to this particular wreck photograph.
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