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David Somali-Chow, EPSA

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Title:   Spotted Eagle Rays in the deep

Goal:    Galapagos is one of the best dive sites in the world.

Source:   Canon TX, lens: 16-35mm

Technique:   luck


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Review by Butch S., 1-13-2014
I never have taken pics underwater, but I understand it is not an easy task, the light being changed by the medium, its depth etc. It looks though that there is a definite blue cast to the image. I am guessing that is due to light filtration. Since I never have been a diver I am only guessing. What would this image look like if warmed up a bit, would it better show the true hues of the rays? Did you try a color balance on a true white portion of the image? Otherwise, this is a cool (no pun intended) shot. Don't see much of this on land!!
N-2, T-2, P-3, E-0, Total=7
Review by Les L., 1-24-2015
I am sure it is difficult to photograph underwater and I am not sure of the available camera variables. There does appear to be a decided blue haze to the image which could be warmed using LR's white balance. Otherwise this is an interesting, sharp nature photo.
N=3, T=1, P=3, E=0, Total=7
Review by Bogdan B., 1-26-2015
What strange creatures! Water seems me somehow unnaturally blue. I seee some edges on the fishes, because of sharpenning. Here I also miss the settings of the camera.
N=3, T=2, P=3, E=0, Total=8
Review by Rick C., 1-25-2015
The nature story is solid. The composition is excellent. Primary focus looks good as well. The exposure looks to be good for what appears to be a non-flash shot. You did exceptionally well in making the capture. The heavy blue cast from the water makes trying to get to a reasonable white balance (sans flash) very difficult. I noticed that the red channel (not surprisingly) is all but black. I was able to get a little cleaner color and tone by duplicating the background layer and applying the Green channel to the Red channel and then changing the Blend Mode for the copy layer to Luminosity. A small improvement, but more realistic than what I saw trying to find a true neutral point in the rays to change the overall WB. This is one where we may have to just appreciate the fact that you saw and captured these wonderful creatures and accept that the image will be less than perfect by virtue of the circumstances of capture.

N-3, T-2, P-3 = 8


I was born in Indonesia with a Chinese ancestry. I am a businessman who is an avid scuba diver, adventure traveler, and someone who enjoys exploring the eclectic flavors of the food world.

Merging these activities with my love of photography, I am learning to create an array of photographs from under the sea to up on the land.