Be the champ! - The bigger picture
Appeared in DIVER October 2012
Wrecks are a major challenge to photographers, even in the best visibility. ALEX MUSTARD offers invaluable advice to those looking for the bigger picture
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Light direction is less critical in lower visibility, such as here in Norway. A colour cast isn’t always a problem with wreck shots, and helps to add an underwater atmosphere. Taken with Nikon D700 + Sigma 15mm, Subal housing, f/7.1 @ 1/40th, ISO 800
Photos that show entire wrecks have a natural appeal, because this is how non-divers imagine wrecks. Such scenes need the widest lenses, because they are too big to light with flash. Taken with Nikon D700 + Nikon 16mm, Subal housing, Magic Filter, f/11 @ 1/60th, ISO 400
Black & white suits wrecks, and we should aim to get areas of light and shadow into the frame for the most pleasing images. Taken with Nikon D800 + Nikon 16mm, Nauticam housing, f/10 @ 1/60th, ISO 200