Behind the Lens

A Pattern of Rule-Breaking

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHIC composition are often filled with comments about “the rules.” You have probably heard of some of them. There is the rule-of-thirds…

The Thin Line

PRIOR TO A RECENT TRIP to the Philippines, I was reviewing some of my images of yellow-lipped sea kraits. While pleased with several, I…

Avoiding the Blue Water Blues

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTOGRAPH that accompanies this article. When I shared this image at a recent meeting of the San Diego Underwater…

A Whale of a Shot

Avoid using an extremely tight frame or your shots could end up like this (see photo in inset). THE MAGICAL QUALITIES exhibited by whales capture…

Imagine That!

I am a big believer in the process of envisioning a photograph, at least in rough terms, and then seeing if I can create…

Focus In On Focusing Options

One significant advantage of fisheye and other ultrawide-angle lenses is that it is often easy to get all the important elements in your frame…

More Good Than Harm

In order to get this shot of a bigfin squid while on a night dive in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, my dive buddy…

High On Contrast

In my early days as an underwater photographer I asked an experienced photographer if he ever created his images in black and white instead…