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Flash is crucial for underwater photography, and Michael has found a way to shoot a prolong ed burst of FLASH-LIT images
I usually bring around four strobes with me and the ones I use are the Seacam 150 strobes, or the Ikelite 161s. They all have an exposure setting of 24, and the beauty of the Ikelite 161 is that if I set it at quarter power I can fire continuously for 50 frames and the flash will keep up with it! I’ve tested it to prove that it can be done, and actually used the Ikelite this way. It’s amazing, yes, you just trigger and 50 flashes fire non-stop. You release it, recharge, and you go again. I like to get very close to my animals, with the mantas and the whales. I like to use a fisheye. I’ll be about two or three metres away from the animals. I only like a little light on the animals, so I have good shadows, reflection on the eyes and also part of the body. I don’t like to light the whole animal entirely.
manta ray, coral bay, western australia