Underwater photography is always a dance with the unknown. Here, where gravity seems optional and light is oddly distorted, you face a completely alien world of colour that challenges basics of conventional photography.
As you go deeper, the water filters out colours from the spectrum. Red, for instance, is among the first colours to disappear, which can result in photos dominated by blues and greens. Water’s higher density affects how light and objects are perceived, causing distortions in size, shape, and perspective. Thus, achieving sharp focus, balanced lighting, and vibrant colours here demands dedication and expertise. And this world requires a camera as adventurous as the photographer to unlock and capture what’s hidden in the deep.
For the UK based nature photographer Emily Endean, the underwater world is a bottomless well of inspiration. Following it, she grabs her FUJIFILM X-T5 and dives into the waves to document the morning beauty of the water landscape.
“Whether it’s the Bournemouth pier or the colourful beach huts at Boscombe – many of my favourite motifs are located directly on the water. Once I’m in the water, I immediately think about how I can show these landmarks in new ways. I have photographed these subjects from land many thousands of times – from perspectives that you see every day. I gained a new perspective on them from the sea and this gave a new dimension to the composition of my images.”
The FUJIFILM X-T5 helps Emily realize her vision and capture unpredictable moments that she would otherwise miss. For this, the X-T5’s 40-megapixel sensor and wide dynamic serve as a great advantage. In combination with the FUJINON XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR macro Emily has found her ideal equipment.
“The lens offers a wonderful perspective in the water and gets you so close to the details that you can perfectly capture the waves directly in front of you. There are many wonderful optics in the XF series, but when I shoot in the water I prefer to use a true macro lens .”
Dive deeper into the story as Emily Endean shares her personal PRO tips with FUJIFILM X-T5 for taking marvellous photos from under the waves!