An image came to mind some time ago.
I was in the middle of a two day drive, miles from the ocean, when an image appeared and simply wouldn’t go away.
I spent the last few months planning, upgrading my underwater gear and waiting until the weather was right until I tried to capture it.
On sunset I waded into the ocean, steadied the tripod, held my breath while pressing the shutter and thirty seconds later an image appeared on the screen.
I hated it.
It was so close to what I had been imagining I was surprised, but it was boring to shoot - and I was already bored of looking at it.
Defeated, I walked to the shallows, holding the tripod in a way that the underwater housing was upside down bouncing while I walked. I mindlessly pressed the shutter button - a silent protest to what the tripod represented - and the resulting image was more interesting to me than what I had set out to capture.
Thirty minutes after the sun sets.
New Zealand’s Oceans
New Zealand photographer Andrew Smith captures gorgeous shots of the coast of New Zealand.
The National Science Foundation is having its annual Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge right now.
Lots of cool stuff, like this visualization of (normally invisible) coral flows:
Corals are far from the passive “living rocks” they are sometimes taken to be. This image reveals the hidden flow generated by small hairs (cilia) covering the surface of the coral, between two coral polyps that are 3 mm apart. Two shots taken 1.5 hours apart are combined into a single image, showing how the coral is able to create a long-lasting whirlpool structure that alters the local environment and enhances the coral’s ability to “breathe.”