About as silly as a fish with a bicycle

3-shot HDR, ISO 100, 166mm, f/18, various shutter speeds

 

Wonder what they think of all these tires littering up their lake?  Sure, humans put the tires there to give fish a place to nest and spawn, but that’s really for the benefit of the fishermen, not the lake’s residents.  For some locations it appears to be effective, but not everywhere.  I’m just fascinated with what lies beneath the lake surface, all the textures hidden under the water.  Biology tells us the benefit of edges in nature, how diversity increases at the junction of ecosystems.  I think most animals just don’t like standing (or floating) out in the open and look for anything to sidle up against.  Sort of like junior high students at their first dance, lined up on the perimeter of the designated dance floor just milling around in small groups, individuals occasionally eyeing across the space to a potential partner while waiting for the urge to move toward them to overcome the security of the edge and group.  Do the fish treat these artificial textures in their neighborhood like this?  Or are these just mysterious items that appear in their three-dimensional space, like Mayan pyramids cropping up in the jungle to amaze the random European explorer?

Change your perspective

Jimmy White article on underwater photography, part 2.

Jimmy White article on underwater photography, part 1.

Ever wondered just how you would go about taking pictures underwater?  Without all that equipment seen on the Cousteau expeditions?  Check out the above articles on the subject by emerging photographer Jimmy White.  He relates his experiences getting started, equipment he uses, techniques you have to pay attention to, and provides some links of his own for more information.  Pass these articles on to anyone who is interested in learning a bit about this specialized area of photography.

You can read more about Jimmy’s underwater work on his blog.  Jimmy licenses his images for a variety of uses but is particularly interested in conservation efforts aimed at preserving our aquatic environment.  Get in touch with him directly for more information on his projects.

Other landscapes

I’m drawn to the outdoors.  My bias for photography is to go out there and bring back interesting scenes and stories.  Ask me where that is and I’ll point to mountains, rivers, valleys, forests, deserts, etc.  That’s where my mind goes immediately when I think about photographing landscapes.

A classmate from photography school has a different bias, though.  Jimmy White has put together a kit for underwater photography so he can go to the landscapes he’s drawn to and bring back scenes and stories appealing to him.  It’s easy to forget how much of the earth’s surface is water, and even easier to forget there are landscapes beneath the seas and oceans that rival the mountain ranges and prairies of our surface world.  Truly here’s a part of the outdoors that only a few people will ever see directly, but through the efforts of people like Jimmy, we can all appreciate what’s down there.

Click on these links to see his photography and follow his blog.