No 2 “Let There Be Light” January 14 2015
Cover by Shawn Heinrichs
FROM THE EDITORS
Is there anything better than diving in water where the light shines through the blue as far as you can see? Incredible viz is like having a super power – it makes gliding around the reefs feel as if you’re flying through the air. And it’s only possible when nothing gets in the way of the light.
It’s extraordinary that the quality of light is also always unique wherever you go. From the Red Sea to the Cayman Islands, the water might be just as clear, but it’s never quite the same.
But the significance of light underwater doesn’t begin and end with amazing visibility. I mean, this is one of the very basic elements of life we’re talking about…
Light in the ocean doesn’t only rain down from above. Our seas are also full of flashy, fluorescent, photon-emitting creatures. We simply had to go and get the low down on the science behind the blinking, winking critters that could teach science fiction a thing or two, and the insider tips on how to shoot them.
Light is also the very foundation of photography (“photo” does mean “light”, after all). So we tried to get at it from every angle – technical, experimental, and philosophical, and we went to the master, Ernie H. Brooks II himself, for the definitive word on light in underwater shooting.
We also talked to Shawn Heinrichs, whose beautiful, immediately recognizable, and challenging images are shining a light on the threats facing our marine fauna. Yes, this issue really is an homage to light underwater in every sense; to making it, manipulating it, capturing it, and swimming through it.
Alice Grainger (Editor)
Matt Weiss (Features Editor, Americas)