On Location: The Maldives. Underwater Macro Photography

Heron, Seascapes, Vilamendhoo, Island, Maldives, South Atoll, 2016135

Underwater Photography in the Maldives.

I would just like to share some of my more recent underwater photographs I have taken with the new Sony RX 100 IV Camera.

Hello all shutter bugs,

Taking great underwater photos starts with lots of research, not just photographic equipment but also the location. My recent trip to the beautiful Maldives (officially the Republic of Maldives) started way back in June 2015. Firstly I wanted to stay on an island which had a great house reef, good diving facilities and equipment hire and was surrounded with plenty of outer dive sites which could be easily reached by short boat trips.

Google earth is a good starting point to find not only where holiday islands/resorts are, but also reef structure and reef health surrounding these areas. I eventually came across the stunning island of Vilamendhoo in the South Atoll. A tear drop shaped island with reef lagoons and surrounded with a beautiful house reef. It checked all the boxes and it was the one I was looking for.

When it comes to getting the underwater shots you want then I normally adhere to my eight camera rules. These include composition, background, strobe position, focus, exposure, depth of field, timing, and finally some luck. Knowledge of animal behaviour also plays a large part too, how animals move or breath can be used to decide when to press the trigger, also the time of day they’re likely be seen. For example Moray eels and Sun corals hunt at night. This type of knowledge all comes with some research and also field experience.

The equipment use to capture to follow “New” macro images were all taken with the new Sony RX 100 IV in Fantasea Housing, with/without Inon 165 Close-up lens and dual slave strobes on fibre optical cables. This is the first time using this camera and found it quite stunning for such a small compact camera. My settings for this camera included a shutter speeds of 1/350-1/500, Aperture of f/8-9, ISO 100 with one of the dual strobes positioned in such a way it almost faces back towards to the camera, this gives a dark background most of the time.

Hope you enjoy my work and until next time, happy snappy.