Underwater Photography: Showcasing the Beauties of the Underwater World

Scuba diving has always been a normal activity for us—swimming under water is second nature. Our dives allow us to see marine animals and seascapes, which are far more varied and rich than what we might see on land.

A dolphin swimming in the Red Sea off Egypt.
A dolphin swimming in the Red Sea off Egypt.

 

Underwater portfolio: Two Differents Approaches

Underwater portfolio in lights and colors of Amar and  Isabelle Guillen

Underwater Photo Portfolio in Lights and Colors

Underwater portfolio in lights and colors: a contemplative and artistic interpretation of the underwater world Scuba diving has always been a normal activity for us. Swimming under water is second nature. Our dives allow us to see marine animals and seascapes, which are far more varied and rich… Read more
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Underwater portfolio in shades of blacks and whites of Amar and Isabelle Guillen

Underwater Portfolio in Shades of Blacks and Whites

Underwater photography: showcasing the beauties of the underwater world through black and white Scuba diving has always been a normal activity for us. Swimming under water is second nature. Our dives allow us to see marine animals and seascapes, which are far more varied and rich than those we see… Read more
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Underwater Wildlife and Seascapes

In our underwater photography, we show marine animals as a special component of their environments. This gives our audiences a better idea of what the underwater world is really like. As with wildlife photography on land, we have developed our own approach: environmental wildlife photography. When we take a picture, we keep the subject in balance with its environment, as both are important parts of the photograph.

Seascapes are often formed by corals, which are, in fact, animals. They can colonize entire sections of an underwater drop-off. Their colors seem to sparkle, giving a unique texture to scenes that can only be found in the underwater world. In some cold or temperate regions, corals are replaced by kelp forests. The emotions we feel during our dives in these underwater forests are comparable to those which we experience in the undergrowth of a forest on land.

A Truly Three-Dimensional World

Underwater, we can move in three dimensions in a way which is impossible on land. We can go in every possible direction. We can even comfortably stay upside down. But human physiology limits the amount of time we can spend underwater. A diver cannot stay underwater for more than one hour with a standard diving tank, thus the limitation of time is present. Despite this challenge, we have always wanted to preserve the scenes which we see underwater so that we can enjoy them and share them with others on land. Through a photograph, everyone can enjoy the beauties of the underwater world.

A Very Fragile World

To describe the fragility of this environment which so few people know, we chose to utilize photography. One look at an underwater photo is enough to convince an audience of the wide variety of species, the beautiful sceneries, and the unique character of the lights found under the sea. Underwater photography allows us to capture moments of surprising beauty that we can share with everyone back on land. It does not matter if you are a diver or not; you can still enjoy the beauties of the underwater world.

A large number of species is important in maintaining the ocean’s delicate ecological balance, and their population density is impressive, creating breathtaking scenery. It is impossible to say how many times we have remained suspended contemplating coral colonies that had taken possession of a place. We always experience the same indescribable emotions whenever we dive.

Two Approaches: Color and Black and White

Black and white photography is a suitable photographic technique for many nature scenes. It requires a different way of thinking from color photography. A black and white photograph should be completely planned—from the framing to the post-processing on a computer. Photography in black and white involves its own philosophy of photography, and black and white photos can convey certain emotions that cannot be expressed through color photos.

Black-and-white photographs immediately emphasize the central point of interest. The viewer’s gaze is guided by geometric shapes, lines of flight, perspectives, and the striking contrast between light and dark. These elements enable the viewer to understand the message we wish to convey. We could simplify this by saying that a black-and-white photograph goes straight to the point to deliver its essential message. Color photographs allow digressions and may lead the viewer to the message by secondary roads. Black and white is a creative technique which involves a direct approach.

Black and white photography is a rigid creative art. Errors in the framing or composition, or errors in choices of points of interest, lights, or processing will result in an uninteresting photo. Color photography is more forgiving of mistakes. The way that colors attract the viewer’s eyes often masks mistakes in composition.

We have found the use of color to be consistent with our vision of photography. Through color, we can use the best natural or artificial lighting to showcase our subjects and highlight colors that would not be visible otherwise. We strive to show as much detail as possible in order to captivate the audience. We like to show all the details of the scales, skins or shells of marine animals.

The underwater world is both unique and magical, inspiring people to dream. In our underwater photographs, we strive to show the beauty of this world, because it truly needs our protection.