My Olympus EM5 goes swimming

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by justbry, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. justbry

    justbry Mu-43 Regular

    Since we planned a trip that involves too much water activities, I decided to get a dicapac wps3. After all, I've been wanting to try out underwater photography for quite some time now.

    At first, I was quite hesitant to use my camera with the dicapac under water as I was too afraid that the water might leak inside. But after a few minutes testing it and seeing it float, which suggests that it's indeed waterproof, I decided to give it a try. Here are the photos that I was able to take during our trip.

    by Brian Mark Barqueros, on Flickr

    A local feeling just right at home.

    by Brian Mark Barqueros, on Flickr

    Going deeper.

    by Brian Mark Barqueros, on Flickr

    Surrounded by fish.

    by Brian Mark Barqueros, on Flickr

    It's a different view if you are looking from below.

    by Brian Mark Barqueros, on Flickr

    And then there it is, whale sharks.

    by Brian Mark Barqueros, on Flickr

    Doesn't need a bigger mouth.
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  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Very nice! Where was this?
  3. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Cool shots! What post-processing did you do? And where the heck did you just happen to run into a whale shark?
  4. justbry

    justbry Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks! It's in Oslob, Cebu in the Philippines
  5. justbry

    justbry Mu-43 Regular

    Hey thanks! I used lightroom 5 for post processing. I just adjusted the saturation, contrast, blacks, whites, shadows and highlights. What I've noticed when shooting underwater is that the blacks and shadows are not being defined very well, so these two is what I have boosted up a bit.

    Btw this was taken at Oslob Cebu in the Philippines. The place is known for having a lot of whale sharks. :)
  6. flamingfish

    flamingfish Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Interesting. I was sure you'd done something specifically to brighten the colors of the people's clothing and skin while maintaining the blues of the water. I suppose that's what you did, but I was expecting to hear that you'd done something complicated with masking and so forth.

    I just came back from snorkeling with whale sharks in Mexico. I wasn't brave enough to risk the EM-5. I used an Olympus Tough 850. I'll post some pics once I get them processed, but they're not as good as yours.
  7. wolfie

    wolfie Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 15, 2009
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I've got three Dicapac covers going back 15 years and all still work, never had one leak. Not always the most elegant for handling and getting at camera controls, but for the price they open possibilities that the price of dedicated housings prohibit. Keep the photos coming!