A super quick blog today with some recent shots all taken at the Lembeh Resort aided and abetted by the excellent Critters At Lembeh dive team, with some links out to other relevant blogs for you to check out whilst I get my thinking cap on and come up with some rhymes for our Xmas competitions coming up very soon.
Check out what I thought of them and click here.

 

 

 

I've cropped in really tight to this orange nudi, so that you only register the background as an out of focus counterpoint to the bright colourful creature.

I’ve cropped in really tight to this orange nudi, so that you only register the background as an out of focus counterpoint to the bright colourful creature.

 

 

 

 

I’ve previously looked at shooting macro and the over riding issues that folk find dealing with photographing the teeny tiny stuff that we so love to photograph.

 

 

 

 

This nudi has been isolated by cropping in really tight and the splash of yellow which is it's rhinopore stands out against the darker colder toned background

This nudi has been isolated by cropping in really tight and the splash of yellow which is it’s rhinopore stands out against the darker colder toned background

 

 

 

 

i.e. How to separate the subject more from its less than exciting background, by either using photographic techniques that exploit the laws of physics like shallow depth of field which I’ve looked at previously, and if you’d like a look please click here.

 

 

 

 

This satsuma orange cow fish, is much brighter against the out of focus but duller background, and leads your eye into the shot.

This satsuma orange cow fish, is much brighter against the out of focus but duller background, and leads your eye into the shot.

 

 

Or as you are probably well aware if you already keep abreast of the blogs I’ve been using a snoot to light my shots and did a series a while back about this subject.
Check out the first in this series and please click here.

 

 

 

The bright red of this shrimp, is echoed in the background with it's out of focus buddy, forcing your concentration onto the creature placed prominently in the foreground.

The bright red of this shrimp, is echoed in the background with it’s out of focus buddy, forcing your concentration onto the creature placed prominently in the foreground.

 

 

 

Ok, another method for drawing attention away from the dull backgrounds is to use the naturally bright colours of the subject, and accentuate the emphasis by either an oasis of colour amidst a boring background, highlighting the contrast itself, or alternatively filling the frame with colour so that the background recedes by comparison.
Colour contrast like this is a mainstay of composition and can really highlight the subject.

 

 

 

As you are aware I'm not in favour of moving the marine life and will only shoot the subjects in situ, so the background is down to them and where they live. And if the creature isn't on a pretty background, i'll still shoot it, but try and employ shallow depth of field, shooting or cropping in, however sometimes you've just got to accept the backgrounds and rely on the creatures, bright colour to distract the eye.

As you are aware I’m not in favour of moving the marine life and will only shoot the subjects in situ, so the background is down to them and where they live. And if the creature isn’t on a pretty background, i’ll still shoot it, but try and employ shallow depth of field, shooting or cropping in, however sometimes you’ve just got to accept the backgrounds and rely on the creatures bright colour to distract the eye.

 

 

 

More shots to come over the coming weeks which I will be sharing on our Facebook pages and also on our Instagram account which is scubauwphoto.

 

If you’d like to join one of my future trips, which are filling up fast, then please click here for more info.
They attract a diverse range of underwater photographers of all abilities and if you’d like to find out what happens on a typical trip then please click here.

And for beginners looking to get a feel for underwater photography I’ve got a useful blog for you to check out so click here please.

 

Ok more from me soon.

Duxy