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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.

-Mike
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:iconichigoneko013:
IchigoNeko013 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
So amazing. Cute starfish
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Nice~
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Very cool!
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s0larclaw812 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
What a wonderful photo! 8D

Absolutely love the lighting and the motion of the waves overhead ^^
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:iconpolarcup:
Polarcup Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Nice chocolate chip starfish. The lighting on this shot is very nice.
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:iconelemental-bliss:
Elemental-Bliss Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it is my name, but this is the epitome of Elemental Bliss
Just perfectly breath-taking
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alissajuett Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the fish in the background. lolz. the starfish looks really cool.
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AuntJude Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The first word that came to mind when I saw your gorgeous photo was "stunning," but I needed to think of something original because your work had already been declared "stunning!" "Amazing," "incredible," "awesome," "beautiful" were already claimed as well. So, desperate to come up with a different yet fitting accolade, I must say that I am absotively-posilutely knocked off my socks by your STELLAR photo! I find the soft edges to be the perfect touch, and believe that you are being hypercritical of your work. Give us more please!
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Robyn-666 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
stunning!
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:iconroguethescarredangel:
RoguetheScarredAngel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Writer
WOW this is awesome :D
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sandmanfallingout Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thats allsome
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:iconleafyheart:
LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!!! New Guinea is such a nice place, full of beautiful criatures. Congrats!
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:icontotodile-fan:
totodile-fan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love the water value and the fish in the background ^_^
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mattslentz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional
thats an epic water shot! I freedive and spearfish all the time.
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CutePetShop Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing.

I tried going scuba diving but you can't before you go onto the plane ride home. U.U


But this picture is amazing!

Worthy of national geographic!
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! I love the sea!!
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SaraPereiraArt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All details are perfect in your photo: the underwater sunlight, the colors,waves on the right side, the little fishes, the amazing starfish, everything! DD well deserved ;) Congratulations
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PhotographsByBri Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Beautiful, well deserved DD. :iconjoyplz:
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow this is an amazing image! Please allow it to be added to my group! ( :icongoing-wild: ) I'm afraid I can't really offer any good tips as I don't know much about underwater photography. However I kind of like the soft edges in this shot and the couple fish in the background.
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful - so crisp - congrats on the DD
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:iconmamork:
mamork Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow very nice :D !
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Toddimus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really cool. good job
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
That is an amazing capture! I love the starfish but the sunlight coming in from above the water's surface is spectacular! Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconmag889:
Mag889 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This starfish is chillin'
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djjafeth Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
O_O i cryed....

:iconmotherofgod2plz: MOTHER OF EPICNESS!!!! :D
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KennethFontanoArt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
best. picture. ever.
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xXTornadoXx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Photographer
This really is an amazing shot for a photograph :love: The colors are lovely, and the composition's great! Congrats on the DD :clap:
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Laurelin-CosPlay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nooo... It's incredible! 0.0 Really really stunning!!
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namtar57 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Really great photograph. Like how you have the three creatures as points on a triangle with one fish bright and the other in silhouette, lends an uncanny symmetry to the scene.
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PSHoudini Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
awesome
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nadinmadeamess Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been there!!!! In Kavieng; and I so understand what you mean about a secret paradise. I worked as crew on a passenger vessel, but got to watch our arrival out in the open. I remember starting to cry from how beautiful it all was. The water was so clear I could see the ground dotted with star fish meters in the deep.
You captured it wonderfully!!
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:iconmagzdilla:
Magzdilla Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Starfish: "MY BODY IS READY."
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EternalFallacy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing composition, congratulations on the DD :clap:
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:iconbronzebug:
bronzebug Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely capture :D
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:iconvinc-photography:
vinc-photography Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice composition & colors.. great ambiance.. congratulations!... :)
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Veiled-Bride Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW O.O
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Illirik Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an magnificent photograph. I love that you managed to capture the light trickling into the scene, and the positioning of the starfish is just perfect. Brilliant and I really do love it!
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carlog12 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
amazing shot! makes me want to go on vacation! :P
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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:iconpiagued:
pIagued Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just...amazing <3 One of the many reasons i love the ocean
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hyacinth-kate Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Wow. It looks surreal. The way the light streams down...the color of the water...the ripples...I really think it's a great shot. :thumbsup:
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AmdirBrethil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! The angle, the light... WOW!
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LANCASHIRE330 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Mike ...could I use this image in an article I am writing about light?
Lancashire
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Chiichiichan94 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :D
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:iconaurora9912:
Aurora9912 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you ever wondered if some of our sea creatures are really aliens? :mib:
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:iconmkbrony:
MKBrony Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing Quality, even WITH the camera underwater to take this shot!!
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:iconjaelise:
jaelise Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your beautiful artwork has been featured here [link] :heart:
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xXJunnaXx Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
omg that is so beautiful :love:
i wanna swim in that blue heaven :heart:.. really nice shot :thumbsup:
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krigl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
A wonderful capture...I can imagine rushing gurgling currents, twinkling beams of sunlight, the sometimes languid, sometimes darting fish...

Would you mind if I added this and a couple of other photos to the Everyland travel photography gallery on DA: [link] ?
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Nature-as-is Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Your amazing image has been featured here: [link]
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