Gregory Waldron  

 Bonaire Under/Over Water Composite by Gregory Waldron

August 2019 - Bonaire Under/Over Water Composite

August 2019 - Gregory Waldron

Original 1

August 2019 - Gregory Waldron

Original 2

August 2019 - Gregory Waldron

Original 3

About the Image(s)

The image was taken this past January with and Olympus TG4 compact camera. While snorkeling, I tried my hand at getting some over and under images. I got the one shot of the snorkelers with the ladder under the boat. I added in the diver because I had a lot of dead space. After blending the 2 photos in Photoshop I settled on a Black and White conversion. I plan on trying this again in November.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
I think you have got a very interesting and well composed composite here with a story. I like the way you have combined the images and positioned the diver. Conversion to B&W is a good choice.
In my personal opinion your image is a bit on the grey side. I think by selectively increasing the contrast the drama of the scene is enhanced.   Posted: 08/05/2019 13:58:38
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Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron

Thanks for your comments and suggestion regarding increasing the contrast. I think your redo works better.   Posted: 08/06/2019 19:16:10

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Gregory - I have never tried this technique. This photograph's story interested me immediately - particularly the diver looking overboard into the water convincing me he was looking at the diver (and drawing my eye down). Looking through water plays tricks on scale but the diver seems a little large. Perhaps the diver could be a bit smaller? . . . something to play with maybe?? I do like the diver's positioning. I also like original 3 too; that said, the black and white is a good choice also - seems less busy.   Posted: 08/10/2019 15:33:31
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron

Thanks for your input. I will play with scaling the diver down a bit to better fit the scene. It's a lot of fun trying to get a clear shot of both the above and the below.   Posted: 08/11/2019 20:15:05

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Having a second look at the image, I agree with Darcy about the relative size of the diver.   Posted: 08/11/2019 12:56:28

Larry Beller   Larry Beller
We often learn more from "difficult" undertakings than when we apply our skills masterfully on something we already know about. This one is particularly hard to do.

The image does look gray because it is a monochrome that has no real blacks in it; simply using Levels in Photoshop and adjusting the black point to get rid of the areas to the left of histogram in the image does a lot. A thin gray border also helps hold the image together.

  Posted: 08/17/2019 16:37:32
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Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thanks Larry. Your constructive feedback is always appreciated.
Greg   Posted: 08/18/2019 17:42:00

Syed Shakhawat Kamal   Syed Shakhawat Kamal
Lovely concept of photo story. I have a different gear to work under water. I have a Hero 5 Go pro. I am yet to be a master on the equipment. Hope fully I will capture something good and share with you guys.. Good work.. food for thought.. :D   Posted: 08/31/2019 04:29:58
Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Thanks Syed and welcome to the group. I am still on figuring out how to make better images in the water. It's a lot of fun, and I will get another shot in November.

Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 08/31/2019 18:14:56