What environmental factors are important when planning your photo expeditions?

June 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Legal ImmigrantLegal ImmigrantA long finned eel in the Sydney Botanical Gardens pond. This Eel would have been born just off the coast of New Calendonia before starting it’s 2000km journey to Australia. It would have waited for a rainy night to exit the sea and slither across the grass into this fresh water pond. Here it will live for the next 30 years before the urge to reproduce becomes too strong and it will do a return journey from where it came to breed and then die. Incredible.

Tides and wave activity are a crucial element to my over/under work. Some subjects are just too deep under the water at high tide to shoot, for instance and if I want to marry that subject with a nice sunrise then I have to wait for a low tide sunrise to coincide. That happens about once every 2 weeks so it can be a long waiting game at times!! However, higher tides generally flush clearer water into the bay areas and bring the jellyfish. So each subject has it’s own special set of conditions, which can be frustrating when I just want to get the shot in the bag.

I like dawn and dusk because the light has that something extra special that we’re all familiar with, everyone likes a sunset right? It also renders the water an inky black, which adds bags of mystery and atmosphere to a photograph. If the sun is higher in the sky I’ll always under expose a bit to put the atmosphere back in.

You can shoot in the water in most weather conditions, you’ll always achieve a certain “feel” whether it’s sunny summer holidays or stormy magnificence. The thing that will ruin a shoot though is bad water visibility, then you can forget it, stay in bed!!




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