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The skill of underwater photography

Posted by: Jo Briton

Categories: Photography,

Wed, 05 Mar 2014

Two underwater photography series have caught my eye this week.

Firstly this series by Karl Arrigo which creates an ethereal world of graceful dancers and shoals of fish set against a backdrop of deep blue and turquoise penetrated by the sun’s rays.


Despite the fact I hate putting my face in the water, I dream of being one of these elegant dancers in flowing gowns.  

To see more of Arrigo’s photographs please see his 500px page.

In a comparison but still equally beautiful, American photographer Octavio Aburto has captured the rare phenomenon of a school of fish swirling into an undersea tornado.


Caught at the bottom of the Sea of Cortez’s Cabo Pulmo National Park off the coast of Mexico, Aburto stated that these fishes congregate to reproduce around the reefs of the park itself.

Yet, some detractors have questioned the authenticity of these photographs, and have even accused Aburto of corralling the fishes just so he could take his pictures. The photographer maintains his stance—he stated that these doubts arise because not many people know about the mating habits of fishes, and that it is very rare for divers to capture such a phenomenon.


The photographer hopes that these images will raise awareness of the destruction of undersea parks.


See more of Aburto’s work on his website.

Sources: My Modern Met and Design Taxi




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