Bathed in clear waters, Little Cayman offers perfect conditions for stunning underwater images. Bloody Bay Wall dominates the underwater experience — all of the sites along this world-famous wall provide fantastic conditions for photographing scenery, as well as lots of friendly creatures to work into photos. Many sites have resident Nassau groupers as well as an abundance of hawksbill turtles and sharks. At Randy’s Gazebo look for giant barrel sponges, orange elephant-ear sponges or burgundy deepwater sea fans as a basis for your compositions. At the Great Wall, the coral precipice is so sheer, it’s foreboding, like the ramparts of some ancient fortress. Finding macro critters is about knowing where they live: Search wire corals for symbiotic shrimps and in the holes of touchme- not sponges for secretive white-foot shrimp. — Alex Mustard
Always think foreground and background, so if you see a grouper posing, think about what to frame it against.
Cameras are usually more comfortable to hold horizontally, but walls like Bloody Bay Wall usually photograph best as verticals.
Don’t swim straight at turtles; instead, take your time to close the gap by swimming parallel. Turn down your strobes too, as turtles are more reflective than many other underwater subjects.
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