Underwater Photography – "The Beginning"

After returning to Florida in December I decided to dive into the exciting world of underwater photography.  After all, I really love scuba diving and combining two sources of inspiration into one pursuit seems like a good path upon which to travel.

I recently began the learning process by joining a group of divers for a weekend of drift diving off of West Palm Beach.  We had solid visibility and ran into a wide variety of sea life on each dive.  Throw in the relatively warm water of the Gulf Stream to carry you along and you have conditions for some pretty effortless diving.  However, “effortless” is not an adjective I would apply to making underwater images.  Before making a successful underwater image one must compete with innumerable variables all seeming to conspire against getting the shot.  Critters often fail to cooperate, currents drag you away from your subject and most importantly you must always pay close attention to your dive computer.

The link below will take you to some of the images from that weekend.  Don’t know if I would call any of these images successful.  However, I continue to take comfort in the words of one smart cat named Confucius who apparently said “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

West Palm Beach Drift Diving.

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