underwater Photo Course :: (9) The Creative Approach :: The Surface :: Under-Over
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Surface quality is so important to underwater photography. Flat calm
conditions allow more light to enter the water, can create dramatic sunbursts,
and can be exploited for under/overshots that are taken underwater but also have a subject that can be seen through the surface (in Snells window) shots.
Under/over is the term coined to describe pictures taken through the surface
with the camera underwater (of subjects above water). Unlike over/undershots that cross the surface boundary i.e the camera lens is half-in and half-out of the water showing subjects above and below shots
where the camera is simultaneously over and under, with under/over shots the
camera is below water and the subject is above.
|© Marco Caraceni Gold Medal|
This type of picture is being taken seriously in competitions and, being
unusual, is winning often. Having been taken whilst underwater, under/over shots
usually comply with competition rules, and is worth including in any underwater
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