Underwater Pool Session | Santa Barbara, CA | Alex - Radian Photography

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Underwater Pool Session | Santa Barbara, CA | Alex

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February 23, 2020

Who remembers the joy of being in the pool? What if you could capture that experience? The underwater photography workshop hosted by Noel Besuzzi at the Goodland in Santa Barbara showed just how fun and magical an underwater family session can be!

Noel was joined by representatives from AquaTech who fitted everyone with underwater housings. She recommends wider lens underwater, since the water adds a 1.3x crop and getting closer to the subject makes for clearer images. She also recommends keeping the aperture smaller than f/5.6 to make nailing focus easier. I went with my D750 and a Sigma Art 35mm lens in the basic housing. 

In the pool, we had a group of kids assembled from friends of friends in the area. I paired up with the lone little boy, Alex, and asked him to show me cool moves in the pool. He had a blast and by the end I was struggling to keep up. He clearly loved being in the water, so this session really let him shine creatively. By the end of it I was exhausted, but he just kept swimming up beside me and asking, “What’s next?”

Looking back at the shots, it was a lot of fun to play with light and composition underwater. The water naturally diffuses the light in groovy ways and the weightlessness of being underwater gives everything a dance-like quality.

boy swimming underwater
boy swimming underwater
boy swimming underwater
boy swimming underwater
cannonball into hotel pool
boy swimming underwater hotel pool
cannonball into hotel pool
boy swimming underwater hotel pool

Thank you so much to Noel, Alex, and Aquatech for showing me just how fun photography can be!

Are you interested in underwater sessions? We are local to Durham, NC and will start doing these this summer! Want to learn more about family sessions with us? Head here! Or, if you’re ready to work with us, start by sending us a message here.

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