Racing through a dive site might give the impression of seeing more, but do you really?
Sure you may cover a larger area underwater, see more seascape. But if you are interested in the marine life, slowing down and allowing you more time to observe will take your diving experience to a new level. Talking with your dive guide and planning your dive to focus on certain aspects, such as marine life behavior, has it’s rewards in addition to provide for a more relaxing experience underwater.
When you slow down and take more time to observe, you’ll see past the obvious and make interesting discoveries. Time will allow for your marine life encounter to develop; you’ll see more than just a fish, but witness its behavior, its interaction with the environment.
As a photographer, I firmly believe that less is more. This is true not only in the way I compose my images, but also in the way I dive. Slowing down and giving myself more time with a subject allow to capture better images, to get the shot at the right moment, at the peak of the action.
Let’s take the shrimp and moray eel photograph above as an example. When I first approached the moray eel, the shrimp was more or less hiding inside the hole in the coral. I observed the movement of the eel, looked for an angle to position myself, waited. Eventually, the shrimp started to come out. I had this image in mind, and waited for everything to line up for it. I was patient and got the shot I was looking for.
Whether your taking photographs or just enjoy marine life behavior, take your time underwater. You’ll be rewarded for it.
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