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Tom Svensson

May15

50/50: photographing the best of both worlds

By Tom Svensson, Friday May 15, 2015

© Tom Svensson

For some years I haven’t had time to take a holiday. But this year, in 2015, I promised my wife that we would go on a trip. We decided to go to the Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of 26 coral atolls made up of hundreds of islands. So I started to think about what I could take photos of while I was there and realised that the only subjects you can really work with are under the water...

I have never worked underwater but decided to have a go. I bought an underwater housing and a Canon EOS 700D, and was really looking forward to trying it out. I really wanted to try out some half-and-half photos: half under water and half above.

I started to try the technique and found it was really hard especially if we had waves. On calm days it was much easier but all the time extremely funny. I found my place at the reef and over the course of several early mornings I was out in the water taking photos.

I must say this won't be the last time I will do this and I recommend it to everyone as something to try out. It isn't that expensive to get the gear either. Good luck and hope that you like it – I certainly did!

© Tom Svensson

© Tom Svensson