My latest photographic journey has been exploring underwater photography and it has been simply fascinating! I have been casually working on the skills and learning about the available underwater equipment over the last couple years and this has spawned so many new photo adventures. I have become quite passionate about getting out there and seeing what there is to see under the surface.
So far, physically being in the water has pretty much restricted me to the warmer months. In the colder months I've been using my better photographic gear to photograph underwater scenes from the surface. It is an amazing (and very lucky) thing to have such clean water that you can photograph straight through with very little distortion. (I have a link at the bottom of this blog to those images.)
Right now the plan is to develop new skills in 2020 by taking a SCUBA class in the spring and I am REALLY excited about that. It will extend my water time and allow me to go into new and deeper areas.
The main bodies of water that I explore are the Delaware River, the Lackawaxen River, and Ten Mile River. The only real 'deep' one is the Delaware River and I know it has a lot to offer from it's point of origin all the way down to the Delaware Water Gap. Beyond that I'm not real familiar with this river......yet. :)
When you slow down and really look below the surface of these rivers you find all these sweet little scenes with the fish, the plants, and the rays of light on the rocks. It's amazing and it's always changing. The riverbeds are all different, the water levels rise and fall, and things wash into and out of areas.
I started off shooting last year with just my Android phone but I smashed that on some rocks so I graduated to an iPhone 10 with an AxisGO case for this year.
The AxisGO case is a very nice case. It works well and seems well constructed. I upgraded a bit and bought a dome for it but I did find that the dome scratches shockingly easily and one bump on a rock really made a big mark on it. It may be something that can be repaired but I haven't looked into that yet.
I don't know how much more I'll upgrade for phone cameras. If I get the SCUBA class done it may just be easier to buy a dedicated underwater camera so I have a flash, or, go all in and buy the housing for my Canon equipment.
This photo gallery is simply underwater plants in the Upper Delaware River region. In the future, I'll add new blog posts with other underwater themes such as "little fish". I know have tons of those!
For now, just enjoy these aquatic plants and the oxygen they produce, which is surprisingly abundant below the surface. If anyone knows the names of these plants feel free to list them in the comments below.
I have quite a lot of underwater videos as well so don't forget to follow my YouTube page and click the bell to get notifications of the videos as I upload them. I generally post once or twice a week.
I do have a few, more recent, underwater images that are of better quality and size for wall art, coffee cups, stock photography, and other products. These are included in my Fine Art America "Clean Water" collection and part of my Adobe Stock Photography collection.
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The colder shorter days of winter are upon us. This is a time when many landscape and nature photographers slow down quite a bit, or, travel to warmer sunnier climates.
If you are braving the cold dark days here in the northeast, here are my 3 Winter Photography Tips to keep you productive all winter long.
1. Icicles do weird things and that makes them interesting. Icicles grow and melt on a variety of objects all winter long so explore them as photography subjects. Get in close with a shallow depth of field and see what's happening. Icicles can be found on your house, your car, plants, trees, stop signs, and in many other places that have a fun potential for background bokeh.
Bonus - icicles and snow react well to flash.
2. The holidays are your friends. Explore Food Photography during Thanksgiving when all the best linens and dish sets are already out. Take advantage of Christmas decorations to play on new ideas with shapes and colors. New Years parties are friendly, fun , and photo friendly!
The holiday seasonal embellishments are short lived, but, they bring us a whole new world to explore both inside and outside.
3. Winter's clear dark nights are amazing for Night Sky Photography, and, we even have a few meteor showers for your viewing pleasure! What you choose to shoot in the sky will depend heavily on your equipment, geographical area, and personal interests.
YouTube is a rich hunting ground for Night Sky Photography ideas and techniques.
Meteor Shower Calender 2019 - 2020 information can be found here: https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/
Don't be shy, grab a thermos of something hot to drink, grab a sturdy tripod, and get out there!
Over the years I’ve played quite a lot with shooting video while I’m out exploring new places to photograph.
It’s not really very technical work, and the quality is all over the place, but it’s a lot of fun and I’m going to start posting the videos I’ve collected to my YouTube account.
Most of my favorites are the underwater videos.
Some of the big views are pretty amazing though.
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They are short and fun and a really good insight into The great places that there are see in my area.
I hope you enjoy them!
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I had an opportunity to take a couple days and go on a photo adventure trip out to the west coast this past summer and it was simply fantastic!
I spent pretty much all of my time right in Oceanside California and it was one fun little laid back town.
One of the first things that caught my attention was all the surfing around the Oceanside Pier so I spent some time photographing the surfers. That was quite a fun time.
I hope you enjoy my small collection. I'm planning to travel back there and I'll be happy to explore this topic some more!
Exploring photography has been a life long passion.