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Life Above and Below Sea Level

  • A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney
  • A Shock of Blue
  • An American saltwater crocodile at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba 1
  • An American saltwater crocodile at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba 2
  • Bluebottle Army at Sunrise
    I had discovered from previous visits to dive this small bay that after strong summer northeast winds hundreds of bluebottle cnidarian are blown in and trapped, they float around the bay on the tides and sometimes clump together in huge rafts. I began planning this shot because knew that the blueness of these animals lights up wonderfully with a strobe and figured the sun would rise somewhere in the background towards the mouth of the bay. I thought that orange and the blue would make a striking shot. It took quite a few early mornings and lots of lighting experiments to make this image, but in the end I’m very happy with it.
  • Crimson red Waratah Anemones in a tide pool at Port Kembla NSW Australia
  • Ocean Rose
  • Physalia physalis at sunrise (1)
    Physalia physalis (bluebottle) taken as an over/under image in Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia. After strong NE winds hundreds of these zooids were blown into the bays around Shellharbour and trapped overnight. Post processing is limited to colour temp and small amounts of burning. Also slightly cropped.
  • Physalia physalis at sunrise (2)
  • Physalia physalis at sunrise (4)
  • Physalia physalis at sunrise (5)
  • sharks off the coast of Cuba 1
  • sharks off the coast of Cuba 2
  • Silver bream at sunrise Bushrangers Bay NSW Australia
  • underwater photos (1)
  • underwater photos (2)
  • underwater photos (3)

Australian photographer Matthew Smith captured photos of life above and below sea level. He named this project over/under. Photographing these types of images present some unique technical challenges. There’s a difference in lighting and focus between the two areas, so Smith uses a strobe light for the underwater part of the photo. Check out his photos showing life above and below sea level.

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An American saltwater crocodile at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

An American saltwater crocodile at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba 1

An American saltwater crocodile at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba 2

Sharks off the coast of Cuba

sharks off the coast of Cuba 1

sharks off the coast of Cuba 2

Physalia physalis at sunrise

Physalia physalis (bluebottle) taken as an over/under image in Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia. After strong NE winds hundreds of these zooids were blown into the bays around Shellharbour and trapped overnight. Post processing is limited to colour temp and small amounts of burning. Also slightly cropped.

Physalia physalis at sunrise (2)

Physalia physalis at sunrise (4)

Physalia physalis at sunrise (5)

Ocean Rose

Ocean Rose

Silver bream at sunrise Bushrangers Bay NSW Australia

Silver bream at sunrise Bushrangers Bay NSW Australia

Crimson red Waratah Anemones in a tide pool at Port Kembla NSW Australia

Crimson red Waratah Anemones in a tide pool at Port Kembla NSW Australia

Bluebottle Army at Sunrise

I had discovered from previous visits to dive this small bay that after strong summer northeast winds hundreds of bluebottle cnidarian are blown in and trapped, they float around the bay on the tides and sometimes clump together in huge rafts. I began planning this shot because knew that the blueness of these animals lights up wonderfully with a strobe and figured the sun would rise somewhere in the background towards the mouth of the bay. I thought that orange and the blue would make a striking shot. It took quite a few early mornings and lots of lighting experiments to make this image, but in the end I’m very happy with it.

A Shock of Blue

A Shock of Blue

A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney

A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney

underwater photos (1)

Over under coral reef in Tonga

underwater photos (2)

underwater photos (3)

Do you like Matty Smith’s photos? Share them with your friends and check out Astonishing Underwater Photography.

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