Photographed by New Wave Photography

Story

Karissa and Isaac had dreamt of doing an underwater photo session before they said Aloha (goodbye) to Oahu and moved to a different state. When Karissa, Isaac, and I swam out into the middle of the ocean we began with easy poses and prompts such as swimming under the water towards each other, while reaching their hands out in front of them.

About ten minutes into their underwater session we were surprised by a large pod of dolphins! They swam past us fast and we were unable to get photos of them. But, being familiar with the beach, I knew that eventually, the dolphins would pass by us again. So as we waited, I prompted Karissa and Isaac into this pose. I told Isaac to swim down as far as he can go and as he came back up to the surface, I instructed Karissa to swim down and meet him halfway.

This is the stunning shot I captured as they floated back up to the top together. After this shot, the dolphins swam back by and we managed to capture a few with Karissa, Isaac, and dolphins! It was a magical session.
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Directions

CalmNaturalPlayfulMovement

“Issac, I want you to dive down as deep as you can go and let yourself float back up to the surface instead of swimming. Karissa, after counting to 3, I want you to then swim down and meet him halfway. Keep your toes pointed, legs together and try embrace & float up together.”
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Composition

Rule of ThirdsLeading LinesWideFull Body

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Faces Continuous Autofocus
Light & Weather

Back litRim LightBrightNatural LightCloudyAfternoon

Equipment & EXIF

1/400 f/f/8 ISO 125 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon 24mm f/1.4L

Additional Equipment

Aquatech underwater housing

Editing

This image was edited with

Archipelago Quest 3

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Ocean United States

Oahu

Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791, United States

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New Wave Photography

Photographer Oahu, Hawai’i Canon 5D Mark iii Canon 24mm
Aloha! My name is Jasmine, I am the owner of New Wave Photography in Hawai’i. I am a late bloomer, coffee drinker, and lover of all things chocolate. I’m an avid surfer that loves the feel of the rolling sea beneath my board and to hear the sounds of crashing waves all around me. If I could live in the ocean I would! But since I can’t, you can find me on the beach with the sun on my skin, covered in sand. I consider myself a photographer for those who are adventurous at heart. The ones who want to tell their love stories with muddy feet, epic hikes, and salty ocean kisses. I strive to show the beauty of the islands in each and every one of my photographs while also providing an amazing experience my clients will never forget! Love, Jasmine
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