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20m below, Sabang Bay, Puerto Galera, Philippines

One nice thing about underwater photography is that you're not stuck at ground level! This diver
is about to try for a deck-level shot of the wreck; I think he's setting up for super-wide.

I have been compiling a set of "favourites" from my diving trips to Puerto Galera;
I have been there so many times (diving with the very professional and highly
recommended Asia Divers) that I have quite a few that I like. Trawling
through the various collections, I found an earlier version of this.

Previosuly I hadn't found a way of processing it that produced what I was looking for;
the problem is that this kind of shot has a long smooth gradient of luminosity, and
digital doesn't tend to handle it well. Unfortunately the original was shot as jpeg;
and part of the top-left corner was blown out. Even though the trusty Oly C5050
allows raw, I wasn't using it at that stage.

Anyway, I finally figured out how to get something more like what I wanted from
the shot, 2.5 years (and a couple of hours) after pressing the shutter button.

20040621 Dive 3 004 P1010246.jpg [Posted 2006.12.07 to the Image by chance gallery.]

Olympus C-5050Z
1/100s f/4.0 at 7.1mm iso64
Inon underwater wide-angle lens (with dome) full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Guest 08-Dec-2006 15:37
Wonderful shot! The scale is fascinating, all that space! Love it.
AL08-Dec-2006 14:51
Wow! I love your composition with the abstracted shipwreck and the "suspended" diver :-) I think the overexposure and the moody b&w made it kind of surreal. Your use of wide angle gave the essential scale or should I say depth :-) Awesome! Voted.
Sharon Rogers07-Dec-2006 22:08
Such a cool, cool image v>
type07-Dec-2006 18:47
Very, very, very cool. It's not everyday one gets a shot like this! It looks like the diver's spearing the wreck.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography07-Dec-2006 18:35
Guest 07-Dec-2006 16:41
Very cool.
Guest 07-Dec-2006 16:33
Great shot VOTED
Marco Valk07-Dec-2006 15:41
great shot; gmv
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