The World from The Water

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Looking at the world through googles and a lens is my ideal perspective. The thrill of floating around the ocean with flippers on my feet and the unknown below is the reason I choose to create images from the water.

Underwater photography is a field that refuses to fit the mould. You won’t find many textbooks that show diagrams on exactly how to do it, nor will you find one photographer whose work is the same as another. Every wave, every ocean and every lake is distinctive and is what makes underwater imagery such an exciting creative outlet, an adventure every time you jump in.

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Having lived on a tropical island for five years in northern Australia I became hooked when my first underwater camera housing arrived four years ago. I had been dreaming up the ideal test shoot; to capture a woman in a long white dress gliding through the Coral Sea like a mermaid. Once a willing client said yes, I ordered my housing and we jumped in the ocean at Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island. My obsession was ignited.

The tides, water clarity, subject and of course marine life all come into play and need to interact in order for the shot to turn out. The mermaid shoot was an integral learning curve as I realised it wasn’t just about shooting like you would above water. It’s about reading the elements and being patient while you tread water and hold your finger at the ready on the shutter.

This was taken during my first underwater shoot, looking back I can absolutely see how I became a little obsessed with seeing the world this way...Blue Pearl Bay, Australia

This was taken during my first underwater shoot, looking back I can absolutely see how I became a little obsessed with seeing the world this way…Blue Pearl Bay, Australia

Shortly after my first mermaid shoot I turned my focus to photographing split level landscapes and it’s this style that keeps me entertained no matter where I go in the world. Intrigued by the ability to see two sides at once, the technical challenge is as exciting as exploring new destinations with a unique perspective.

Showcasing the underwater world and coastal land formations in one photograph changes the way you see places. Now I’m constantly on the hunt for that perfect body of water whether it be a deep puddle beside the road or a beach with jagged cliffs behind. So far on my hunt I’ve found alpine lakes in New Zealand, raging rivers in France, the coastal villages of Cinque Terre and of course the beaches of Australia that never fail to provide some great shots.

In the months ahead I’m looking to capture wintry lake scenes with frosty white snow in the European winter and perhaps the red sandy beaches of Morocco. Also it’s worth searching for a photo of Tropea, Italy; this is one place I can’t wait to capture next year along with Santorini, Dubai…the list is endless, and I like to dream big.

If you know of somewhere that looks incredible from the water let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your input and create a long list of places to photograph…

Below is a collection of my favourite split-level and underwater shots from beautiful brides to exotic island destinations and the clarity of the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

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Equipment used for The World from The Water:

– Nikon D800 + Aquatech Underwater Housing

– Nikon AW1 Waterproof Camera

– Nikon 14-24mm lens

– Lowepro Pro Roller x100AW (for my cameras, my housing is transported in my main suitcase)

For local camera stockists of the above gear be sure to check your countries Nikon website for authorised stores.

Lisa Michele Burns

Lisa Michele Burns

Photographer at The Wandering Lens
Lisa is the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. As an Australian currently based in France she's never in one place for too long and is always looking for the next destination to photograph whether it be above or below the water. With 10+yrs as a professional photographer, all advice found on this site is from Lisa's personal experience on the road.
Lisa Michele Burns

7 Comments

  1. Katie

    November 3, 2015 at 2:26 am

    These are so incredibly beautiful. Where were the shots with the bright sunset-colored buildings taken?! Easily one of the most inspiring photo collections I’ve seen in awhile.

    • thewanderinglens

      November 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you lovely!! The shots with the colourful buildings were taken at Italy’s Cinque Terre. Most were at my favourite little village of Riomaggiore which looked so picture perfect from the water!

  2. Kanchan

    November 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Beautifully captured images. Every picture is looking mesmerizing. Awesome photography from water.

  3. Sasha

    May 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    These photos are so beautiful! Love them all!

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