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Snorkeller's world.

By pennyspike
I am fascinated by the transition between the sea and the air, as a snorkeller rather than a diver, this is my world, seeing what is happening beneath the surface then looking up to the world on top.
It is virtually impossible for me to capture this with the equipment I have although I spend many hours trying.
As a compromise this is the combination of those worlds. The blurring in the middle is what happens when you try to take the photograph with the camera half in and half out of the water. The fish were taken separately but also while snorkelling. The two images were combined in Photoshop to show you what this amazing world is like.
I use a camera in an underwater housing.
The location: Maldives.
Two different cameras were used for these shots, both Olympus compacts.

Tags: Maldives Reflection Boat Fish Underwater Sea Digitally manipulated Snorkel Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
21 May 2007 10:32PM
now, this one is very interesting,penny. One eye above and one eye below :O) cracking shot... should do well


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Ingleman 11 9 4
21 May 2007 10:35PM
I think this works really well and for me is a super composite shot. Good colour, good light and something very different.


Andy I
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
21 May 2007 10:37PM
got to love it
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
21 May 2007 10:39PM
Clever imaginative shot. Spot on.
Take-a-View 14 293 5 United Kingdom
21 May 2007 10:39PM
This is extremely well done
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
21 May 2007 10:47PM
what a great image, love it, well worked!
twordley 12 360 England
21 May 2007 10:49PM
fantastic idea penny, came out very well.

hope this does very well and gets the credit it deserves

21 May 2007 10:51PM
very impressive hun.
This is a great photo.

Dee Smile
Paree 13 616 3
21 May 2007 11:01PM
very impressive, original and magical
JennB 11 60 1 United Kingdom
21 May 2007 11:01PM
Brilliant image, love the combination of the two images. Went diving for the first time in the maldives last year and loved it.
Jenn x
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
21 May 2007 11:39PM
Wonderful work, excellent composition, deserves an award . Smile
John_Horner 12 12 2 England
21 May 2007 11:52PM
Well thought out and executed work. Well done deserves an award all of it's own.
NickParry 12 1.0k 79 Wales
22 May 2007 12:46AM
Well conceived image. Nick
wasper 12 533 1 Ireland
22 May 2007 12:48AM
what a wonderful manipulation.
22 May 2007 1:34AM
brilliant !

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
22 May 2007 4:10AM
Excellent work!
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
22 May 2007 5:26AM
Great result. Great.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
22 May 2007 7:18AM
I really like this, one I'd be proud to have on my wall!! Smile
AlanBW 12 20 England
22 May 2007 7:19AM
Excellent manipulation, this has worked really well
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 7:20AM
Thanks for all your kind comments, I am trying to do a series of these transition shots and welcome any suggestions for improving the resulting image.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
22 May 2007 7:30AM
Superb. Paul
debster 14 693 3 England
22 May 2007 7:48AM
Have a well deserved RC on me....stunning work Penny.

claret 13 49 England
22 May 2007 8:09AM
Clever work. Nice idea.
diver pete 14 71 1 New Zealand
22 May 2007 8:51AM
Great effort! Well done!
To improve on this you would need a housed camera with a wide angles lens and dome port. At least a 20mm I would think. You willl need a split level filter to balance the light levels from above and below the surface. Also try spitting onto the outside of the dome and rinsing to prevent water sticking to it in droplets.
Good luck and hope to see the results soon. For further information why not try
He publishes an online magazine for underwater photographers and is a really helpful chap. He may be able to forward you a tutorial on split level technique.
I hope this helps.
nuts 11 Netherlands
22 May 2007 9:08AM
very nice i like it grt aj
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 9:23AM
Thanks for your comments and thanks to diver pete.
I know that I could improve the technical side and I'm really pushing it to get anything with my method but it has to be within my budget (and capabilities)
I do sometimes use a camera with an Ikelite housing but it's trying to hold it steady at the crucial level I find so hard. I must try to persuade my husband that the split level filter would be an asset to his UW stuff. I'm not really the poor relation but I do know my limitations as far as handling all the gear is concerned.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
22 May 2007 10:00AM
Considering how difficult this is, I think you did very well. Pleasing image, I like it.
HowardA 11 231
22 May 2007 10:07AM
It's good PS work Penny and the powder blue surgeons you've caught here are such a striking feature of the shallow Maldivian reefs. Diver Pete has made some useful tips...if you do want to chat at all about any u/w filming or stills work do drop me a PM and I'll be really happy to help in any way possible. If you're interested in reading about the u/w world and photography, my old company's site (you could Google 'Scubazoo') has some fun images etc.
I really like the comp of this image and the flat sea in the shot gets me desperate to jump back in! Good stuff.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 4:52PM
super well done ,,,,,,,,,
albi 13 68 1 England
22 May 2007 6:33PM
Superb image, well worked.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 7:21PM
My mouth is still agape, this is amazing, wonderful work and so very unique. Do keep up the experimenting. Hope you get some good advice, have read all the above comments and feel you probably will. We can only give you one award but this deserves much more, Penny.
REKLAW 13 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 8:29PM
good creative work,nice one.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
22 May 2007 8:44PM
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 10:07PM
More appreciation to those of you who have spent time looking and commenting on this one. It's good to share something special with you.
andystark 12 9 Scotland
24 May 2007 8:56AM
Amazing stuff Penny. This is a trully wonderful series, just shows what can be done with an idea, a lot of patience and not a small amount of skill.
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2007 4:38PM
What an amazing view you have thanks for sharing it
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
25 May 2007 12:40PM
Inspiring work. A wonderfully balanced image and an excellent concept.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
26 May 2007 12:49PM
Thanks for your interest I hope to do more with this series.
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
27 May 2007 2:12AM
Works very well, I wish I was there I love snorkelling myself!
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
2 Jun 2007 12:09PM
A fine image with great work behind the composition, a pleasure to view
RosaB 11 61 2 Greece
4 Jun 2007 12:23PM
Hi Penny
I love this one particularly
It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with manipulation
Ig2509 11 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 7:32PM
This is really good - takes me back to snorkelling there on my honeymoon.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 8:50PM
Thanks for the continued interest in this one.
If it takes anyone back to the halcyon days of their honeymoon it had to be worth posting.Smile
suejoh Plus
13 250 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 7:36AM
Fantastic pic Penny. Look forward to seeing your pictures from the raptor centre. Sue
Wibbles 11 1 England
5 Jun 2007 10:35PM
Hi Penny, this image is so different. There is so much going on, it really has an amazing feel. I love the colours...
certx 11 415 1 United States
6 Jun 2007 1:34AM
Love it! being a diver, this appeals to me greatly. I don't have any dive photos in digital, but maybe I'll scan some of them eventually and upload a couple.

I really love the split between surface and uw. Excellent.

And that you for your comments.
ESP 11 26 England
6 Jun 2007 7:36PM
beautifully presented ...stunning shot(s) Smile

chensuriashi Plus
11 279 17 England
6 Jun 2007 8:42PM
This is fantastic, Will have to get the CD on how to do this, well done, astonishing ...
whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 9:29AM
Great manipulation Penny. It's made for a great shot.

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 12:54PM
Thanks for continuing to comment on this series, I'm more than happy to say how I do the blends if anyone wants to try it for her/him self.
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
9 Jun 2007 12:19PM
This is another great picture. Despite the limitations of your equipment, I think you've done a wonderful job of showing us the snorkeller's world, i.e. the world above and below the water line. All of these shots have a surreal feel to them; this one in particular. John
NeilM 11 England
11 Jun 2007 2:30PM

Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
12 Jun 2007 12:12AM
So glad I've found this series - the end results are superb.
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:27PM
A wonderful image and a wonderful series. What a treat they are to look at.
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 8:32AM
Original idea, striking result.
maggiem Plus
13 339 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 12:00PM
This is beautiful, so serene.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 12:07PM
Thanks for the comments, I'm glad people enjoy them.
panda 13 5 1 England
16 Jun 2007 11:27AM
Lovely, just makes you want to be there.

piccy 12 8 Wales
17 Jun 2007 5:00PM
Wow, always wanted to visit there.
skydivemike 13 47 Northern Ireland
17 Jun 2007 9:14PM
Mega mega image Penny.
A+++++++++++++++++++++++ award.

Tricia 12 325 Ireland
19 Jun 2007 12:24PM
Fantastic picture Penny, you are one very talented lady Wink
19 Jun 2007 4:31PM
its a fantastic work
like it tooooo much!
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 3:23PM
Thanks for keeping the comments and votes coming. It's a great feeling.
This one has just clocked the ton so I'm ever so slightly proud of myself.Smile SmileSmile
3 Jul 2007 9:36AM
WOW!!! And welll you should be proud ... this is absolutely fantastic .... you have put it together beautifully and I am amazed that you never got an HC or higher for this. Superb colour and light throughout ... I particularly like the way you composed the shot ot the boats. Well done indeed! Click*
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
4 Jul 2007 10:06PM
17 Jul 2007 1:18PM
WOW oh wow, this is just a stunning shot and such a seamless merge too. Fabuloso!!! helen x
madusa1 10
16 Aug 2007 1:59PM
Excellent picture good work.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2007 8:08PM
Thanks again. It's good to know it is still being looked at.
I'd better get back into the swing of them again.
derekv 10 3 England
11 Sep 2007 11:17AM
Deserves every one of its votes! Absolutely amazing.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2007 12:30PM
Thank you Derek.
Onyria 11 5 Spain
28 Oct 2007 10:48AM
love this one Grin it's so peaceful! ^^
Foxfire 14 322 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2008 10:22AM
Amazing image, given the equipment you use, this is a miracle
Imagine23 11 241 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2008 11:50PM
15 Apr 2009 3:15PM
This is an outstanding photo. Great job capturing all of it. Have a great day. Bill
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2009 10:16PM
Thanks for continuing to take an interest in this one.
mouchachos 9 21 United Kingdom
15 May 2009 2:24PM
Great Work penny, It makes me look and think of the world differently.

Keep it up!

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 May 2009 4:01PM
Thanks J
Tom-Melton 10 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 2:12PM
wow what a unique prospective totally new and exciting to it
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2009 7:44PM
Thanks Tom.

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