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from the Bluewater Photo team

Nikon D500 testing

Nikon D500 testing

Jun 26

I’ve been shooting the Nikon D500 over the last few days, and I’ve been very impressed by the results. The camera is ideally suited not just for underwater photography, but also for topside photography, particularly action, low-light, and wildlife behavior photography. There are 3 areas in which the Nikon D500 really stands out. Nikon D500 High ISO Performance My entire idea of...

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Ben Hofilena

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Ben Hofilena

Nov 04

Wide angle compositions are often the hardest to nail perfectly. During the SoCal Shootout participants have to do just that. There is very little editing allowed, so getting correct lighting, exposure and above all, that striking composition is key. Ben Hofilena succeeded with his first place image in our open wide angle category. While he claims just a lucky shot, he at least knew the most...

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Cindy Shaw

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Cindy Shaw

Oct 21

Shooting Portraits underwater can be especially challenging as most subjects like fish are moving constantly. You must nail that perfect composition, eye contact and focus. With that in mind we loved this playful capture of a Bat Ray from Cindy Shaw which took First Place in the Open Portrait Category. Here are the details that went into this winning image. Title: Wanna Play? Location Captured:...

Rare Scythe Butterflyfish video with the Canon G7X

Rare Scythe Butterflyfish video with the Canon G7X

Jun 30

Took the Canon G7X out for a spin in the new Fantasea housing. It performed great, though I was once again reminded to always take a test shot, especially when borrowing gear, as it may not work 100%. Since I forgot to do my test, I ended up on the first dive with a camera flash that would not pop up fully and was rendered inoperable. However to make the best of the situation I enjoyed shooting...

Testing Video on the Canon 7D Mark II

Testing Video on the Canon 7D Mark II

Mar 17

I had the chance to shoot some underwater video with Bluewater’s Canon 7D Mark II out at Farnsworth Bank the week before last… in some epic visibility. The highlight of the camera is the hybrid autofocus used during Live View shooting, which along with the Canon 70D, is miles from the nearest DSLR or mirrorless competitor. This new AI Servo autofocus allows the camera to quickly lock...

Nauticam GH4 underwater video footage & settings

Nauticam GH4 underwater video footage & settings

Nov 11

Bluewater Photo recently took some underwater video in the Channel Islands, Southern California with the new Nauticam GH4 underwater housing and the Panasonic GH4 camera. Lenses used were the Panasonic 7-14mm F4, Olympus 60mm macro lens and the Olympus 12-50mm lens. We think the footage looks great, check it out. Bobby Arnold shot the video and he did a great job. We’ll be performing some...

Anacapa trip photos and videos

Anacapa trip photos and videos

Aug 11

Our July 16th Anacapa trip was a big success. We have 4 great dives, and saw bat rays, giant black sea bass, harbor seals, huge schools of blacksmiths and senoritas, and more.   Here is a video from the trip that our guest Walter Marti made for us:   Along with some underwater...