Top Blue Water Diving Destinations for Underwater Photography

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Water has constantly attracted photographers with its appeal, colors and endlessness. Still, no matter how good some photo of water may look like, sometimes it is simply not enough. A renowned photographer, Robert Capa once said: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you are not close enough”. So many brave and inspiring photographers decided to dive (literally) deeper into the underwater photography and create an art within the very art.

There are some destinations which are simply made for being photographed, because of the transparency of the clear water and the rich underwater world. Here are some of the ones you should take your lens to.

Komodo, Indonesia

Komodo is one of the 17,508 islands which make the Republic of Indonesia and one of the best dive sites in the world. There you can see a steep underwater wall of rock and staggering images of marine life. The Komodo National Park is actually named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011, so there is no better place to take your underwater photography to a whole new level or depth. The “land of dragons” will enrich your photo gallery with pristine coral reefs and dozens of swooping mantas – it cannot get any better.

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Clear and calm turquoise water of Isla Mujeres make the task of photographing its underwater richness easy to tackle. As if that is not enough, this island is the home to the largest known whale shark aggregation in the world. This gives you the opportunity to photograph one of the ocean’s most beloved creatures from amazing angles and proximity. Another thing to photograph at Isla Mujeres is the world’s most magnificent underwater museum.

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The world’s largest coral reef certainly should not be underestimated when it comes to underwater photography. The destination is blessed with an abundance of marine life and more than 3000 individual reef systems. The problem is that there is no camera which can completely capture all the staggering colors. The solution comes in the form of various apps. One of the most discussed ones is EyeEm, where you can also sell your works.

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San Diego, California

One could easily overlook the underwater beauties of San Diego if not looking below the surface. You can create out-of-this-world images of corals, sea lions and purposely-sunk ship wrecks. And just imagine how amazing the kelp forests can look on your macros. If you want to dive in San Diego, consider chartering a boat with your friends or join some local dive clubs if they are organizing trips.

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

This is one wide-angle buffet every photographer should have a taste of. Whale sharks, hammerheads, tortoise, green turtles, mantas and sea lions are available for your portrait shots. There are more than 40 species of fish found in the Galapagos and nowhere else in the world, so you will get the chance to make once-in-a-lifetime pictures. The only drawback is that it gets a little darker because of the volcanic rock, so you should always keep your ISO set at 400 minimum. Be ready to be surprised by unexpected visitors, such as a school of tuna while you are focusing on sea lions.

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These were five different destinations which can enrich every underwater photographer’s portfolio. If this is your passion make sure you visit them and create fascinating photos. Just make sure you are safe and your ears are well protected.

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Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in beauty, photography and graphic design. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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