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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Matthew Smith

16 Entries Found
Beautiful white striped anemones.
The bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful colony of creatures. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting.
Bronze Medal Bronze Medal 2014
Third place Monthly HotShots
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Very impressive lighting.
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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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!
A wild seascape over/under my partner and I shot using my homemade 18" lens port.
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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A lemon shark beautifully accented by 2 juvenile trevallies at Beqa Lagoon Fiji
A weedy seadragon. Endemic to the southern coastlines of Australia and truly beautiful to see and photograph.
Natural lighting in a pool with a black weighted back cloth.
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Peeling back the liquid layers... I wish I had gills
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.
Runner Up - worthy of note but not a medal winner - an equal 4th place if you like! Runner Up 2013

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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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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.
Makes you want a swim? The clarity at Jervis Bay Australia can be magnificent in the correct conditions. Low tide sand ripples.
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.
Bronze Medal Bronze Medal 2013

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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.
 
 
16 Entries Found