thousand piece puzzle

Day 4 of the black and white challenge. I love this photo of honeycomb coral but I sometimes wonder whether my tastes are too simple in underwater photography. It was somehow an easy photograph to take and yet I am not sure how often people actually stop to take such photos of the coral. It is one of the best reasons to dive in Indonesia-the coral is simply amazing. After visiting Tasmania earlier this year and spending time looking at contemporary Aborigine art, I almost think it looks like one of their complicated dot paintings. The photograph now lives on someone’s wall, and it is not mine nor any relative of mine.


8 thoughts on “thousand piece puzzle

    • Thank you so much! It is amazing underwater. I was thinking I should repost in color but actually all except for one are better in black and white. Hard to do that because one of the things I like about underwater are the unique colors and combinations.

      • I’d be interested to see the shots in colour too! I used to do a bit of diving, but never tried underwater photography. Would you happen to have any advice for someone looking to start?

      • Actually you can read another post that I wrote about my evolution as an underwater photographer, But from my perspective, point and shoots are getting so good that this is all you need plus at least one strobe. I would recommend having a wet lens or possibly two for macro photography. You can also get these for wide angle. But to start, I would suggest a decent point and shoot, a decent housing, and a strobe. This will get you very far at least in the learning phase. It is true that there is a level of fine focus and other artistic stuff that you can not do with a point and shoot but small cameras are easy to travel with if you just want to try. If you get a good strobe you can always move this up to better equipment. More in my story but these are the things that you really need today to take any decent photos.

      • I made a new post with the black and white photos side by side with the original photos so that you could see them. Hope you have a chance to try underwater photography as well. It is a sport as well as an art!

  1. Nice series Janice! Actually not many uw photographer I know captured the details or pattern of the corals. I am not sure why..for me somehow it is hard, i kept having weird colors or pattern 😀 The corals are beautiful to take pictures of..your picture is certainly showing its beauty.

    • I wasn’t crazy about the color in this photograph either, but because of the details it looks great in black and white. I have done it with some others as well. The problem with corals is that there is a certain majestic-ness to them that you feel when you see them that is difficult (for me anyway) to translate into a photograph.

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