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Split image (above and below the surface) shots of swimmers

Over under shot of a girl in a blue patterned bikini swimming front crawl in an outdoor pool. The shot is half above and half below the waterline and uses a combination of monochrome, reduced colour saturation and selective colour. Image copyright Colin Munro Photography

I’ve been taking a few split image shots recently, where the image recorded is partly above and partly below the waters’ surface.  These are sometimes termed over under shots, sometimes half anfd half shots.

Over under shot of a girl in a blue patterned bikini swimming front crawl in an outdoor pool.  The shot is half above and half below the waterline and uses a combination of monochrome, reduced colour saturation and selective colour. Image copyright Colin Munro Photography

Over under shot of a girl in a blue patterned bikini swimming front crawl in an outdoor pool. The shot is half above and half below the waterline.

The technique can be quite challenging when working with fast moving subjects. To ensure crisp images the subject must be very close to the camera, in the above case the girl’s hand was around 10-20cm in front of the camera dome port at the time of the shot.

Over under shot of a girl in a blue patterned bikini swimming front crawl in an outdoor pool. Colin Munro Photography

Over under shot of a girl in a blue patterned bikini swimming front crawl in an outdoor pool.

Keeping the port clear of large water droplets often involves dipping the entire camera housing below the surface, then raising it at the last moment thus ensuring the image is recorded before droplets can form. Needless to say this normally involves a lot of luck and a LOT of takes to get the right image. However, when it works well the effect can be quite dramatic. I will be making this image, and some others, available as fine art prints.  They can be printed on a range of art media, canvas or 300gsm art paper, up to 24 inches across.  So if you are interested in a print for your studio, office, fitness centre or lounge, please get in touch with your requirements and I’ll get back to you with a quote.

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More women and water images on my http://colinmunro.photoshelter.com site.
More split images (above and below) on my photoshelter site here.
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Kitesurfer and dramatic sky, Exmouth beach, Devon, England

Kitesurfer and dramatic sky, Exmouth beach, Devon, England
Kite surfer against a dramatic sky, surfing the Exe Estuary between Pole Sand sandbar and Exmouth Beach, Exmouth, Devon, England. Image MBI000660.

Kite surfer against a dramatic sky, surfing the Exe Estuary between Pole Sand sandbar and Exmouth Beach, Exmouth, Devon, England. Image MBI000660.

Kitesurfer and dramatic sky, exmouth beach, Exmouth, Devon, England. Image MBI000660. Please email me, quoting this number if you’d like to license use of this image or purchase a fine art print.
Kitesurfers catch the wind, flying along between Pole sand sandbar and Exmouth beach on a blustery summer evening.  Kitesurfing has become hugely popular in the Exe Estuary off Exmouth in recent years; on some evenings I have counted upwards of twenty kites.