I fell in love with scuba diving in 1991 and over the next five years, logged in hundreds of dives. In fact, at one point we had a dozen diehards, mostly from the photography industry, who would head out on a trip just about anywhere at any time. As a result, we hit the water throughout the Caribbean, Bonaire, Truk Lagoon off Guam, Cocos Island (36 hours by boat from the Dominican Republic) and when it wasn't an exotic trip we were regularly in the Keys, diving off of Islamorada.
On every trip, I had a camera in my hands and soon learned "the only camera housing that doesn't flood, is the one that never goes in the water!" I also learned the degree of difficulty in getting great underwater images. I typically would come back with hundreds of images and less than a half dozen I liked. These were all captured in the film days, and I'd wait for a week after getting home just to know whether I captured anything to make me proud.
Meet my buddy Daniel Cox, who's not only shooting digital underwater with this image buta LUMIX GH4. Working with a smaller camera and still maintaining outstanding quality makes Panasonic's mirrorless technology the perfect creative partner underwater!
You can check out more of Daniel's work on his website. Then, wander over to the LumixLounge and meet the rest of the Luminary Team! They're one of the most talented and diverse groups in the photography industry, and you'll never be disappointed in their passion for education and helping you raise the bar on your images.
By Daniel J. Cox
Small, light and mobile is how I describe the Lumix system in my ongoing Lumix Diaries. But shooting underwater takes it to a whole different level, no pun intended.
On a recent exploratory trip to Tahiti for our NE Invitational Photo Tours, I was able to include my entire Lumix system which includes Two GH4’s, one GX8, and LX100, Olympus 12mm F/2.0, 7-14mm, 12-35mm, 35-100mm and the new Leica 100-400mm AND the Nauticam underwater housing and front lens port, all stuffed in to a Lowe Pro Roller 200.
When I was shooting traditional DSLR’s I would have a 1610 Pelican case JUST for the underwater housing, lens port and other incidentals alone. Working with such a small camera in an equally small housing is incredibly liberating which made my work more fun and immensely more productive than any underwater shoot I’ve ever done. Small, light and mobile is where it’s going and Lumix has beat them all to the punch.