Why we love visual order in our underwater photos — and when (and how) it’s OK to break the pattern.
The first photos many photographers take underwater are of patterns. Aiming your lens at the details of a stationary leather or brain coral is a sensible way to learn the basics. The pictures are attractive too. Our eyes — or rather, our brains — are addicted to visual order and love photos that show it. It’s like a mild case of OCD: When objects are aligned, we find them satisfying and soothing, and when they’re not, it’s infuriating.
These tentacles were aligned by current, so I chose a top-down viewpoint and waited for the fish to swim into position.