A Mermaid's Tale


Have you ever been interested and curious about shooting with your Lomography cameras in the ocean blue? It’s certainly not an easy task to do but venusattack is here to give you some tips and pointers about diving headfirst into underwater Lomography!

Credits: compositeone

Few years ago, my first contact of the underwater world opened as an open water diver. It seems to have tinkled a magical touch to my swimming legs and my dreams were almost fulfilled except that I can’t seem to share them with anybody else without something visual to show what people on solid ground are missing. This time around, while finally embarking on the advance open water, I made a pact with myself to show not only to my friends but include the entire Lomography community that analogue photography goes deep into the depths of the world too. So I came with my Fisheye and the Submarine and explored Ariel’s home…

Introduction to the live-on-board boat: We reached the boat in the middle of the night at this lone jetty and our half-asleep eyes lead us through dangerously narrow planks above the sea right into the arms of our home for the next 2 nights. With tiny bunk rooms as our bedrooms, the live-on wooden boat is surprisingly well-equipped.


Lesson 1: Underwater Photography – remember to switch on your flash at all times, best times to take in the rule book is when there’s lots of sunlight from above, always try to take macro shots and most importantly, take the shot from a bottom angle for the light to illuminate through. Let’s see if I follow them properly.

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Lesson 2: Peak Performance Buoyancy – to take great underwater macro shots, your buoyancy must be neutral. Every breath you take will either elevate you or descend you till you touch the corals or worse, the sea urchins. So do pay attention to your buoyancy positions. Breathe in…breathe out…

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Lesson 3: Night Diving – Diving in dark waters might send shivers down anyone’s spines but this is probably the real reason why I’m here. Armed with an underwater torchlight, we were in full anticipation of the welcoming darkness and once underwater, the calmness envelopes you, no distractions and it’s just you and your light guiding you through. I absolutely loved it! And the shots that came out, the colors are truer, not so bluish in the daylight and you get the real colors of the sea creatures you encounter.

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Lesson 4: Dawn Diving & Deep Diving – The next morning, we have to gear up before sun rise which is at 6am and jumped into the sea with our torchlight in one hand and our precious camera in the other to explore the morning world. Amazingly, when we descended, it’s buzzing with activity where you get to see different sea creatures active in their hunting for food and enjoying the freedom of not having a group of bubbly giants crowding them with huge flashes of light. Deep diving, I only have one word: Hysterical! We were like a group of drunkards high on nitrogen with uncontrollable comical slow-motion reactions to anything and a simple task of untying knots lead to sudden bursts of underwater laughter…it’s crazy!

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Lesson 5: Navigational Skills – Probably our worst skill with the compass, in short, we got lost, the other group got swept far away by the current and we ascended and descended 3 times. What a memorable final dive!

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Finally yeah! Time to enjoy the moment and smell the cool sea breeze!

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Alas, amidst all the exploring and learning, the corals that we encounter are fast bleaching due to the rise in water temperature in the seas and global warming. The natural environment underwater are fast deteriorating and the rare beautiful sea creatures living in it will disappear soon…so let’s take the time to reflect and continue our efforts to conserve our Earth and everybody living on it. Thanks for taking your time to follow A Mermaid’s Tale!

Other analogue cameras used: Holga120 & Horizon Kompakt

By venusattack

written by venusattack on 2010-07-08 #lifestyle #sea #underwater #submarine #kompakt #redscale #diving #conservation #elitechrome #holga #fisheye #venusattack


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Very cool post !!! Love your shots !

  2. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    wonderful article and photos with interesting final words of advice!

  3. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    Girl! (..breathe in and breathe out..) really enjoy reading your article and good tips! should write your fantastic adventure for location!!

  4. vas_vas
    vas_vas ·

    nice one!

  5. miaumiau-wildekatze
    miaumiau-wildekatze ·


  6. basterda
    basterda ·


  7. middernachtlopper
    middernachtlopper ·

    Truly awesome!

  8. venusattack
    venusattack ·

    heee thanks all! my first attempt in magazine entry and I did it in a late nite so I'm not sure whether I made sense w my words...it did in my brain! Some photos I guess I tagged wrongly so please ignore them if they dun seem to make sense...stay tune for the next dive series!

  9. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    These pictures are fantastic! I enjoy diving as well, although not advanced yet. I just got an underwater sub for my fisheye and will be trying it out on a dive trip very soon! Gotta love those liveaboards!

  10. venusattack
    venusattack ·

    @sthomas68: yay! can't wait to see urs...im gg for my nex one this weekend too!

  11. kyelin13
    kyelin13 ·

    cool!you were in Malaysia?where did you go to dive?

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