March 2017. Underwater Photography Project in the Philippines
March 2017. During an underwater photo trip in the Philippines, we went diving in the waters of Anilao, a small coastal town in the Straits of Batangas. Anilao is one of the best diving sites, as it has a wide variety of small underwater creatures such as nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs, or octopus.
The seabed of Anilao also contains small treasures, such as the blue ring octopus, found in Rhinopia of Eschmeyeri. The blue ring octopus is the most toxic cephalopod in the world. Anilao is also the paradise of fish, frogs, and a multitude of species of gobies.
Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of this trip was a night dive in the port of Anilao. We photographed common cuttlefish a few centimeters long. These tiny creatures stayed with us for several minutes because they were attracted by our lights.
As professional underwater photographers and photographic artists, we usually go back to the same places several times to complete the art print series we sell. Returning to locations over and over provides us with an advantage: we become familiar with each place, as well as its native marine animals and currents. This was our 3rd trip to Anilao. During the previous two trips, we focused on sceneries and on crustaceans. This time we decided to produce a series on nudibranchs and cephalopods. Listing all of the species we photographed would be long, so we will merely name a few: Ceratosoma alleni nudibranches, Chelidonura varians nudibranches, and chromodoris willani nudibranches. Our trip was a success, and we achieved our goals.
For three years, we have been working on an artistic photo project to create different series for our collections of art photographs. We will create a series in the theme of "Shades of Blacks and Whites" and a series in the theme of "Lights and Colors".
All our art photographs are available online or from art galleries. They are available either on Masonite or delivered with a frame, as well in various formats.
Today, we have nearly 40 art photographs made in Anilao meeting the criteria of our artistic vision.
This year, we finally defeated some of our “demons” of close-up photography. In the past, we mostly preferred sceneries and wide-angle photography, because we could not find inspiration among the small underwater animals. Fortunately, this year, we discovered how to highlight small subjects effectively and creatively. Thus, we have been able to create dynamic and interesting photographs suitable for hanging on walls in homes, offices, or etc.
These few color photos display our ideas in action. They come directly from our cameras, and some photos have been cropped. Certain photographs, which will be used in supporting art prints, are going to be edited further-particularly the suppression of the backscattering, which is illuminated by the flashes.