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A Parallel Universe: My Half-Underwater Pics Show What Hides Beneath The Waves
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A Parallel Universe: My Half-Underwater Pics Show What Hides Beneath The Waves

For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter. That is what draws me to taking half over half underwater images. It’s maybe the best way I can communicate to a non-diver what it’s all about, to marry a wet and unfamiliar world with a dry and more familiar one.

I view my half over half underwater images as a landscape photograph. I undertake many location scouts with my snorkel gear on. Whilst doing the scouts I will take reference pictures so I can plan how to make my final image when a suitable location has been found. A final image in my portfolio is often a well-researched and planned affair.

More info: mattysmithphoto.com

Physalia Physalis: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Smiling Assassin: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

A Silky Encounter 1 : Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

Ocean Rose: Bass Point, NSW Australia

Crimson Tide: Waratah Anemones, Port Kembla, NSW Australia

Bluebottle Army: Bluebottle cnidarian, Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Your Move: American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

A Silky Encounter 2: Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

A Shock of Blue: Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Legal Immigrant: A Long Finned Eel, Botanical Gardens, Sydney

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RJazz909
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6 years ago

Wow...outstanding work, man. They brought tears to my eyes, and nothing moves does that to me....ever. Keep up the great work, you have a bright future ahead of you. :) :D

HowardGilmour
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6 years ago

These are by far and away some of the best images on the net for underwater and split photography. Incredible art work and variety of shots and styles. Absolutely loved it (if a little jealous).

bam_
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6 years ago

wow!! how you manage to take pix with the crocs? coooool!!!

LunaClara
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6 years ago

yeah I do wanna know that too!!

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RJazz909
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow...outstanding work, man. They brought tears to my eyes, and nothing moves does that to me....ever. Keep up the great work, you have a bright future ahead of you. :) :D

HowardGilmour
Community Member
6 years ago

These are by far and away some of the best images on the net for underwater and split photography. Incredible art work and variety of shots and styles. Absolutely loved it (if a little jealous).

bam_
Community Member
6 years ago

wow!! how you manage to take pix with the crocs? coooool!!!

LunaClara
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6 years ago

yeah I do wanna know that too!!

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