I realised something big this weekend. I think it will change my perspective as a photographer, possibly even as a person. And it is that sometimes you need to look beyond the subject and appreciate the background; that the unnoticed backdrop can sometimes become the star.
I was struggling with a shot for the ‘navy‘ one word photo challenge this week. And then I had my light-bulb moment. All of a sudden I had reams of options. A plus from being a camera-wielding scuba diver I guess!
Underwater photography is far more technically challenging than photography on dry land, and unfortunately I just don’t get that many opportunities to get in the water and practice. So although the photos themselves are far from perfect, they bring back really happy memories of some fun, fish-filled dives in Sipadan and Mabul.
Diving Sipadan and Mabul you really do get the full spectrum. Big stuff creating a swirling fish soup so thick you can barely see at Sipadan. Weird and wonderful macro gems awaiting discovery if you take your time and get your eyes focused in on the detail around Mabul.
The water visibility is sparkling and you feel like your head is on a swivel looking side to side, up as well as down, in the hope of seeing another turtle, shark or the beginnings of another vortex of barracuda or trevally. You efforts are usually rewarded with something good. Each time I’ve been there the diving has been mind-blowing.
I couldn’t choose a favourite, so this is just a small collection of some of the shades of navy I saw around Sipadan and Mabul. Navy seems to be one of those colours with a gradient of different shades, and I think they’re all covered here! Big fish, little fish, bubbles and sunlight. Which one do you like best?