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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Matthew Smith

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An over/under of a bluebottle (physalia physalis) I love how the pneumatophore (air bladder) of this bluebottle caught the light from my underwater strobe and lit up like a fluorescent tube!! Amazing!
By Matthew Smith
posted Sunday, August 17, 2014
49 votes

Red Waratah Anemones. What I really love about over/under photographs is that it gives the underwater element a sense of place. For the viewer it marries the underwater environment with our own familiar world. It links the unknown with the known.
By Matthew Smith
posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013
47 votes

The anatomy of a breaking wave. This image shows the vortices of energy released as a wave breaks. The vortices last a tiny fraction of a second before the whole wave collapses into a foam ball.
By Matthew Smith
posted Thursday, December 26, 2013
33 votes

The bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful colony of creatures. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting.
By Matthew Smith
posted Saturday, October 11, 2014
31 votes

A lemon shark beautifully accented by 2 juvenile trevallies at Beqa Lagoon Fiji
By Matthew Smith
posted Wednesday, January 8, 2014
28 votes

Crimson red Waratah Anemones at low tide in a rock pool during a misty halo sunrise, lit with snooted strobes. The bird in the sun halo was more luck than judgement!!
By Matthew Smith
posted Monday, August 18, 2014
27 votes

Natural lighting in a pool with a black weighted back cloth.
By Matthew Smith
posted Friday, January 3, 2014
26 votes

A weedy seadragon. Endemic to the southern coastlines of Australia and truly beautiful to see and photograph.
By Matthew Smith
posted Monday, January 6, 2014
24 votes

A wild seascape over/under my partner and I shot using my homemade 18
By Matthew Smith
posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014
18 votes

Peeling back the liquid layers... I wish I had gills
By Matthew Smith
posted Friday, January 3, 2014
17 votes
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Beautiful white striped anemones.
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The bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful colony of creatures. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting.
Bronze Medal Bronze Medal 2014
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Very impressive lighting.
31 Votes
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Crimson red Waratah Anemones at low tide in a rock pool during a misty halo sunrise, lit with snooted strobes. The bird in the sun halo was more luck than judgement!!
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27 Votes
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An over/under of a bluebottle (physalia physalis) I love how the pneumatophore (air bladder) of this bluebottle caught the light from my underwater strobe and lit up like a fluorescent tube!! Amazing!
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This is a clear winner, due to the perfect balanced lighting used here, matching the scene and the subject in every aspect. Stunning shot!
49 Votes
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A wild seascape over/under my partner and I shot using my homemade 18" lens port.
18 Votes
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We get some crazy storms on the South Coast, NSW. They move so fast you've got to be on the ball to catch them. This one was just before dark and was all over in minutes!
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14 Votes
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A lemon shark beautifully accented by 2 juvenile trevallies at Beqa Lagoon Fiji
28 Votes
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date posted posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Pacific Fiji
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A weedy seadragon. Endemic to the southern coastlines of Australia and truly beautiful to see and photograph.
24 Votes
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Natural lighting in a pool with a black weighted back cloth.
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26 Votes
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date posted posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
date posted category: Fashion
date posted location: Australia
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Peeling back the liquid layers... I wish I had gills
17 Votes
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The anatomy of a breaking wave. This image shows the vortices of energy released as a wave breaks. The vortices last a tiny fraction of a second before the whole wave collapses into a foam ball.
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33 Votes
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This was my partner Laurens first go at underwater modelling. We didn't really plan the pose I just asked her to swim in front of the camera and do something nice.... she did something beautiful! Shot in natural light and a black background.
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date posted posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
date posted category: Fashion
date posted location: Australia
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I recently designed and built my own 18" diameter "super dome" specifically for over/under photography so I could get the entire image sharp from water split line to sea bed and horizon. This was my first test shoot a few days ago at sunrise.
11 Votes
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Makes you want a swim? The clarity at Jervis Bay Australia can be magnificent in the correct conditions. Low tide sand ripples.
14 Votes
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Red Waratah Anemones. What I really love about over/under photographs is that it gives the underwater element a sense of place. For the viewer it marries the underwater environment with our own familiar world. It links the unknown with the known.
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47 Votes
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There is nothing more humbling than being approached by s... by Matthew Smith
There is nothing more humbling than being approached by such a magnificent creature on it's own turfs and terms. This humpback calf swam with us for a few minutes before disappearing with a few flicks of it's tail.
15 Votes
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date posted posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Pacific Tonga
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16 Entries Found