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Beneath the Waves by michaelanderson Beneath the Waves by michaelanderson
Tsoi Lik Island, Papua New Guinea.

A lone starfish shines in the late afternoon light of Tsoi Lik Lagoon, Papua New Guinea. The Tsoi Islands are a secret South Pacific paradise with spectacular white sand beaches surrounding a stunning turquise lagoon. A large tropical tree overhangs the lagoon in this spot and the late afternoon sun was filtered through the branches for a few minutes each day, providing a dramatic backdrop of light rays that danced from one colorful starfish to the next.

I find that underwater photography is the most challenging aspect of my work, so any critique or commentary would be greatly appreciated. This scene was much more difficult to shoot than it appears. I didn't bring a strobe on this trip due to weight considerations so I had to shoot everything with ambient light. To get the depth of field needed for this image, I shot at f22 at ISO 1200 and 1/60 second which was barely fast enough to freeze the camera in the surging waves of the lagoon. The intensity of the light beams and the overall exposure varied second by second depending on the wind and the way the light filtered through the branches of the tree. The sun drops toward sunset much more quickly at the equator than temperate latitudes and I was amazed at how quickly the beams advanced across the sandy bottom and how quickly the exposure time increased as I was following the underwater light. Despite the challenges, the Canon 5D Mark II is the perfect tool for underwater photography with it's resolution and high ISO performance. I used an Aquatica housing and I can highly recommend it for anyone considering underwater photography. My only minor complaint is that the dome on the housing leaves images a bit soft on the edges, even at f22. If any of you guys have any tips on dealing with that issue I would love to hear from you.

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lieveheersbeestje Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
I've featured your lovely work here! :)
GayatriLight Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love the sun light beams that are illuminating the different areas in the photo. It really pulls me in.
A2Matos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Photographer
This great work has been featured here:Animals, Plants and Nature Spotlight Vol. 22 [link]
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM .

sanityhorse Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW - this is a beautiful shot! I love the colours that are in this. Truely beautiful!
RitzNinja Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Nice angle. I wish I did this.
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Not only do I love starfish photography, but underwater photography as well! There is just something about the sea & it's majesties that never cease to amaze me. Beautiful shot; I might actually use this as a reference for drawing.
dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful shot!
JohnK222 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Very pretty! If it weren't for the water on the top, you'd think it was on the land above. It's an intriguing look. I love the lighting on that left hand side fish as well.
Jason-C Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! :)
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