Underwater Photography: Sublimate the Underwater Wonders with Lights and Colors

Scuba diving has always been a normal activity for me. Swimming under water is second nature. My dives allow me to see marine animals and seascapes, which are far more varied and richer than what I see on land.

Underwater photo portfolio in color. Amar Guillen, photographer.

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Using Lights and Colors to Showcase the Underwater World

To be consistent with my vision of photography, I always use the best natural or artificial lighting to showcase my subjects and highlight colors that would not be visible otherwise. I strive to show as much detail as possible, in order to captivate the audience. I like to show all the details of the scales, skins or shells of marine animals.

The underwater world is unique and magical. It inspires people to dream. In my photographs, I try to show all the beauty of this world, because it needs our protection.

A Very Fragile World

To describe and demonstrate the fragility of this environment which so few people know, I chose photography. One look at a 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 me to capture moments of surprising beauty that I can share with others, whether they are divers or not, once I are back on land.

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

A Truly Three-Dimensional World

Underwater, I can move in three dimensions in a way which is impossible on land. I can go in every possible direction. I can even comfortably stay upside down. But human physiology limits the amount of time I can spend underwater. I cannot stay underwater for more than one hour with a standard diving tank. I have always wanted to preserve the scenes which I see underwater so that I can enjoy them and share them with others on land.

Underwater Wildlife and Seascapes

In my underwater photography, I always show marine animals as a part of their environments. This gives my audiences a better idea of what the underwater world is really like. As with wildlife photography on land, I have developed my own approach: environmental wildlife photography. When I take a picture, I keep the subject in balance with its environment. They are both 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 and they give a unique texture to scenes which is only found in the underwater world. In some cold or temperate regions, corals are replaced by kelp forests. The emotions which I feel when I swim in these underwater forests are comparable to those which I experience in the undergrowth of a forest on land.


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Article published on Saturday, July 07, 2018 .

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