Photo Synthesis

B. N. Sullivan

Even the clearest water has at least some particles suspended in it — sand, silt, plankton, who knows what — and most of the time, in most places, the water isn’t really all that clear. In fact, during a plankton bloom or after a storm that has caused a lot of runoff, you might just…

It is probably safe to say that when most people think of colorful things in the sea, tropical reef fishes come to mind first, followed perhaps by nudibranchs or sea stars. While most reef fishes, nudibranchs and sea stars are not only colorful but beautifully patterned, as a photographer, my favorites among colorful things in…

Lighting underwater photos

We see this happen all the time here in Hawaii: Tourists go snorkeling — sometimes for the first time in their lives — and they are excited by what they see. They decide they want to take pictures of all the pretty fishies and corals to show their friends back home. They buy a single…

New month, new topic here on Photo Synthesis: underwater photography. For the next four weeks I will be presenting photos of marine invertebrates and fishes from warm water locations around the world. These photos are the product of what has been, for me, a long journey of discovery — about the sea, about marine life,…