An "Over Under" advertising boy-girl lifestyle photograph capturing a great moment between these models shot on a warm morning just north of Miami, Florida at sunrise while floating in the gentle waves at sunrise with water so clear it looks like the Bahamas or in the Pacific Islands.
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An "Over Under" advertising boy-girl lifestyle photograph capturing a great moment between these models shot on a warm morning just north of Miami, Florida at sunrise while floating in the gentle waves at sunrise with water so clear it looks like the Bahamas or in the Pacific Islands. "Over-Under" refers to having the camera's lens looking over the water and under the water at the same time and this technique has several parts that need correction. These are the issues: First is refraction, meaning the 28% or so magnification of anything under the water. So all of the model's body below the waterline look as if they are closer to the camera, a lot closer. This requires a lot of Photoshop work. Another issue is the instant the light hits the water, the light levels fall off quickly. Having white sand helps a lot, but there is still a light loss. Part of this light fall off problem is water filters out the red part of the light spectrum, not very much close to the water line but increasingly as the depth increases, and there is a drastic fall off of color and light even at 3 feet deep (1 meter). This means now you need to adjust for the color loss and light loss in a graduated maner. Then there is where to put the camera/housing and understanding in relation to where the Over-Under line is. Is the camera & lens more out of the water or is the camera & lens more below the water line or is 50/50? Also is the camera angled up or down, if so by how much? As you shoot you need to constantly look for water droplets running down the dome port. Just one drop in the wrong place means you can't fix it in Photoshop, like a big drop over a face. Yes you may be able to pull a face from another frame, but it is still a maybe. Plus I'm adjusting for the changing light levels due to the cloud cover. Additionally I'm looking at and directing the models. Physically and mentally this is the most difficult type of photography I shoot. The camera and lens weigh about 4 pounds, the housing with the huge dome port and 45° finder come in about 15 pounds. So I have to hold 19 pounds of camera and housing out in front of me. This is the only time I have seen water this clear in Southeast Florida and not be in the Keys. I was astounded, and thrilled. And both models were just great to work with and really sold the image.

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The Gear: Canon digital camera set to 1/200 of a second shutter speed, 200 ISO and a Canon 16-35mm zoom lens using 16mm set to f5.6. The Light: Sunrise.

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