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Liz Rogers
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Cave diving and underwater photography
Cave diving and underwater photography

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Had a great opportunity to dive with some of the few underwater stalactites in Australia last weekend. Here's a shot from McCavity Cave in Wellington, NSW. After trying to get a wideangle shot of this whole formation, my models moved off to look at something else and I found a different angle. Nice colour change between foreground and background here.
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A great shot from New Year's Eve, mid-morning. I was pretty happy when I surfaced from this dive - such a beautiful spot and I hope this image captures some of the feeling of being there. I wrote up the story of this shot on my website, http://lizrogersphotography.com/2012/01/sunlight-through-kilsbys-sinkhole/
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An under-over shot of a small and decorated chamber in Jenolan Caves, NSW Australia. Only accessible by cave divers, we were lucky to make it here before flood waters from the recent rains turned up. The water level was higher than usual and you can see this flowstone is now partially underwater. A great cave to dive in with a very different view to the Mt Gambier cave diving.

I wrote up further aspects of this dive on my website, http://photographyunderpressure.com.
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The ex-HMAS Canberra was a missile frigate, scuttled in Victoria just over two years ago. As you can see, control panels and consoles in her lower decks are growing over with marine life...it's been great to see the changes in the wreck so far as the sea life moves in.

There are a few shy schools of juvenile fish, but definitely more to come. A great day on the water today.
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Some cogwheels from the wreck of the George Kermode, off Phillip Island in Victoria. A bucket dredge scuttled a while ago, there's lot of life and some really interesting features down there. My favourite is the shallow depth - less than 20m means lots of time to play with different photography techniques.
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A photo from Saturday's diving, where we committed and got underwater despite a particularly nasty weather forecast. This is a part of the temperate, cold-water reef out from Melbourne, Australia. There's more colour in the soft corals and sponges than on a tropical reef, and a lot more life. The downside - the water is chilly!

Here I wanted to experiment with the off camera strobe techniques I use in the dark zone of caves. With sunlight lighting the background, I haven't quite worked out how to use this to best advantage yet. A few more practise dives are needed, I think.
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This was one of the very first underwater photos I took with a dSLR, in 2009. It's a nice shot, but when I first turned up there were a lot more fish and my settings were all wrong. Things like this help me remember how far my photography has come - now I can twist all the right dials in a hurry.

I've written up more of the background behind this dive site and this shot on my site, http://photographyunderpressure.com/2011/10/outcroppings-on-lonsdale-wall/
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I took this photo back in August, in Piccaninnie Ponds during a series of dives I did to capture images for the World Underwater Shootout. The Ponds are an incredible photogenic place, with crystal clear water and great colours. The sunlight coming in and green vegetation makes for a nice change from other cave dives which mostly feature the rock ceiling.

After a very successful photographic weekend, this was one of my favourite images. I like the way it captures the diver as they move from the daylight to the dark zone, floating into the depths.
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The challenges of capturing working dives, as opposed to making art on designated photographic dives. My buddy here is noting distances and compass directions relative to the tape measure that he first placed in the cave. As he's previously passed through this area to lay the tape measure line, there's silt in the water. Despite this, I like the way the action is captured, and the colours and lines in the photo.
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And I thought I had problems with fast moving seals on the weekend....here's a fabulous shot of the predator-prey relationship in action.
My contribution to #WildlifeWednesday -

Among many images of dolphins I took in the bait balls this one is one of my favorites - it very precisely conveys feeling of incredible pace of hunting action. While photographing dolphins feeding on sardines it's best to rely not only on visual indicators but also on the loud low-frequency sound dolphins make before charging to coordinate attack. It helps a lot to light strobes at the right time and get some coherent images in the total chaos of bait ball !
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