• Adobe Lightroom CC
  • midday
  • Waves
  • Underwater
  • symmetry
  • swimming
  • sunny
  • Spain
  • Personal Preset
  • Ocean
  • Natural Light
  • Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)
  • Live View
  • Autofocus
  • holding hands
  • Dress
  • Dark
  • Center Framed
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark iv
  • Canon 35mm 1.4L Mark ii
  • calm
  • blue
  • Beach
  • Backlit
  • Wet

The story behind the image

I’ve always had an adventurous side and I’ve always had an obsession to try and push what is creatively possible when creating portraits of my couples. A big part of my style is to be constantly looking for new and exciting perspectives and this has always been the driving force behind my photography. I shoot a lot of destination weddings in Spain where the sea is a lot warmer than it is here in the UK and eventually I was drawn to the possibility of creating images from within the sea. The shots I create from the sea usually involve myself getting wet and my couples clambering on the rocks, where I aim to create the ‘half in, half out’ look to my images. This particular couple were very strong swimmers and it was actually their idea to jump in and I’m glad they did because it enabled me to create a photograph that was totally unique to my portfolio.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I asked them to start as deep as they could before swimming towards each other. When their hands meet I told them to arch their backs slightly and hold a graceful pose for a few seconds

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What did you say?

Guys, I want you to swim down together as deep as you feel safe going and then swim towards each other and reach out for your hands. Once your hands touch/connect, arch your backs and try and form yourself into a “graceful” position for a few seconds.

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Tone of Directions



I wanted the sun behind my subjects to allow for the rays of light to be visible in the frame. I wanted the composition to be simple and balanced with a focus on the couple

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Compositional Rules



Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I used the back button focusing method as underwater I have more control in this way; and since the environment my subjects were in was not full of distractions and other elements, I was able to use multiple focus points (matrix) to find my focus. That way, if the couple moved slightly off center, my camera would be able to detect them and keep the focus sharp.

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Focus Mode

Live View

Focus POints

Multiple Focus Points (Matrix)

Focused on

The couple

Equipment &

Canon EOS 5D Mark iv
Canon 35mm 1.4L Mark ii

Ikelite 50DL underwater housing with dome port

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1/320 @ f/8 ISO320 WB-auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

I positioned the sun directly overhead and slightly behind my couple which was essential as I really wanted a backlit look and the sun rays to be visible in the water

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Light Type

Natural Light

Light Quality


Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I applied our preset as a base and then increased the contrast, brought down the blacks, increased the blue saturation and added a small amount of clarity.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom CC


Focusing was a challenge under water

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Shoot a lot of frames!

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Location Name

Sa Tuna

Location aDDRESS

Sa Tuna, Costa Brava, Spain.

Loation Type




This wouldn’t have been achievable without a good quality dive housing for my camera. My advice is to rent one if you have an opportunity to shoot in an environment like this and you have a willing couple of course!

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