There is a certain frogfish on a certain unnamed reef that receives far too much attention. On almost every dive we’ve done on this reef, we’ve encountered a cluster of photographers and divers hovering over this poor fish. Most are polite, thankfully. But all too often we’ve seen this fish blindsided by far too many high-powered flashes, focus lights and bright video lights. Some photographers don’t know where to draw the line. Unlike a jack or an angelfish, the frogfish lacks the speed and agility to escape the light.
I’ve recently witnessed some poor and unsettling behavior on the reef. Sometimes it’s the new diver, who can’t yet control his/her buoyancy, and who decides to take a camera on a dive. We were all diving novices once, so perhaps this diver just requires a bit of education.
But other times it is the experienced diver, handling a domed SLR with dual strobes and focus lights, that is desperate to get “the shot” at any price.
If we as photographers all follow a few basic guidelines, we can continue to coexist peacefully with both divers and critters alike.
Do you have anything to add to the list above? Do you have pet peeves about underwater photographers?
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