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London Arch Snorkel

London Arch
London Arch

I do love a snorkel on a sunny summer’s afternoon. And having just resigned from my current job I was in celebratory mood so I headed off to ‘old faithful’. Actually everyone else knows this spot as London arch (or London Bridge) but it’s such a reliable photographic spot I’ve got my own term for the place now :)

 

Mixing natural and artificial light
Mixing natural and artificial light

 

If you get your timing right, (time of year and time of day) there is a brief spell where the sun shines directly into west entrance of the submerged cave (see image above), casting an eerie glow into the darkness beyond.

 

 

The cave walls themselves are lined with an almost complete blanket of life, and the challenge on this trip was to balance the light coming into the cave, with my strobes being used to light-up the sponges and anemones on the cave-wall.

 

Cave sunburst
Cave sunburst

Closer to the entrance itself there was an opportunity to shoot some sunballs. This is always a tricky one because although I love my Olympus OM-D EM-1, one of its few weaknesses is it’s dynamic range. So, my favoured technique is to just hide the sun out of shot, so I’m capturing the rays only, not shooting directly into the blazing ball in the sky!

 

Finally, because I’ve not posted a selfie for ages… here’s me chilling out at -10m just off the ‘pipes’ wreck :)

 

Dan Bolt snorkelling
Dan Bolt snorkelling