With the start of the summer break, I simply couldn’t wait to take my camera and snorkeling mask to the lake to cool down from the increasing temperatures and do some underwater exploration.
Last year, when I bought my Sony RX100 point-and-shoot camera, I also got an underwater casing for it, which came with the camera. I didn’t think I would use it as much, but it turned out to be quite practical and proved to be a great way to showcase others what lies below the water’s surface.
I decided to take it to Lake Bohinj, which is the largest (permanent) lake in Slovenia. It is a part of the Triglav national park and is filled with water from the Black Lake – one of the Triglav lakes. On a hot summer day, the lake’s temperature rises up to about 25°C, just enough to cool down, but warm enough to stay in the water for a bit longer – the amount required to shoot some underwater photography.
At first, such deep blue photo shoots are a lot to think about – you have to stay still while taking a photo not to scare the underwater creatures, carefully position the camera because of longer exposure times (due to the lack of light, if you don’t use an external flash), and to top it all of, remember to breathe when necessary.
To focus on staying still while taking a photo, you have to position your entire body in a comfortable position where you pretty much stay in place without additional adjustments. Then you have about thirty seconds to find the subject, position the camera and take the picture. When you know what you’re about to shoot, you have to use the camera’s screen instead of the viewfinder, because the one is hidden in the casing – that can get a bit tricky if the light rays are in the way.
After the first ten crappy photos or so, I started to photograph some of the lake’s fish and really liked it. I found a few carps and a really colorful fish which I don’t know the name of.
After I got home and opened up Lightroom, I realized underwater pictures were a whole lot different when it comes to editing. The adjustment sliders behave completely differently, and you have to be a bit more conservative in regards to editing. If you happen to apply too much filter, you’ll likely mess up the picture.
Nevertheless, I’m happy about how they turned out, and can’t wait for the next time I can shoot underwater 🙂.