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Underwater Photography

Submit your best underwater photos for a chance to win a free Fstoppers tutorial
  • Submission Deadline: Thu, 27 Sep 18 03:45:00 +0000

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Underwater photography is one of the most difficult genres to shoot. Despite that, there were some fantastic images submitted for this Critique. 

Congratulations to fred lefeuvre for submitting the highest rated community image and to Taylor MacDonald for being the randomly selected entrant to win a free Fstoppers original tutorial. We will be in touch with both of you via your Fstoppers profile to claim your prize. 

After reviewing the 20 selected images, let us know if you think Lee and Patrick's assessment was on point or if you think they missed some key discussion points. 

If you missed your chance to participate in this episode, join us for the next one where Brian Rodgers Jr. will be making a guest appearance to critique your best product images. 

  • Submission Deadline: Thu, 27 Sep 18 03:45:00 +0000

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  • 396 people have cast a total of 17,716 votes on 162 submissions from 91 contestants.
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perhaps you should have just made a rule about no aquarium photography. I love both of you guys you are so funny when you bicker over the photos. And Patrick don't die we love you!

agree about the aquarium rule...and perhaps there should be an addition about photo shopping and composite image. For actual underwater photographers, this is an extremely demanding genre not including the component of keeping your butt safe as a diver/photographer. Congrats to the underwater photographers as you submitted some very nice images.

28:41...they are using a DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) and I would say they used a slave strobe or a video light gelled...not my photo but it is legit as I've done something similar.

Thank you guys for giving me this great rating. I'm so happy to won this contest. Yopu made my day :)
PS : there is no aquarium line in my pic. All photos of this composite was shoot at the same place ;)

"We'll have to look that up..." Has me dying

The last photo is a sea lion.
The difference between a sea lion and a seal is the presence of external pinna, or ear flaps. Seals just have holes.
The difference between a sea lion and an otter, is, well, just about everything. I mean, I guess they’re both marine mammals, so that’s something, Patrick

I was just surrounded by all of these in Alaska and I could def tell the difference in person but not necessarily in a photo. I don't know if it's always this way but Sea Lions are usually HUGE while seals are a bit smaller. Not sure why I ever suggested it could be a sea otter because clearly it isn't that.

3rd from last was a clear snapshot from an underwater disposable camera and it was a whale/basking shark completely harmless

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