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50 Stunning Underwater Photos

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Of all the different types of photography showcased on Smashing Magazine, underwater photography is probably one of the most difficult to practice. It requires a very specialized equipment and the knowledge of some advanced techniques to get a perfect picture. You need to get the correct exposure, accurate focus, controlled movement of your subject and a pleasing color balance; you also have to deal with low light. Underwater photos offen suffer from loss of color and contrast when taken at a significant depth. Such photos are always adjusted with color balance to help offset the blueish tint of the water.

Because underwater photography is a specialized art, relatively few photographers attempt it. But it offers many exciting and rare photographic opportunities for fresh and truly different vivid images. Most often, photographers use a traditional film or digital camera covered in a watertight casing. Professionals prefer to use special underwater cameras.

Below, we present over 50 beautiful examples of underwater photos, created by artists and professional photographers. All works featured below have the artists and photographers’ names linked to their portfolios or websites. At the bottom of this post you’ll fine some links to Flickr groups where you can find more similar and exciting photos.

Also consider our previous showcases:

50 Stunning Underwater Photos Link

Victor Amor6

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J.Lambusphoto

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Scott (lundysd)8

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Numera Tokyo10

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National Geographics13

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Neverletmego21

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Kenvin Pinardy23
Dancing underwater.

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Sugarock9927

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Dustin Humphrey

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Gattaldo28
Water just makes every situation more poetic and graceful.

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Anatoly Beloschin31

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Unknown35

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Zena Holloway37

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Camilo Acuña41

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Eldad Hagar43

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Oracle45

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John Carleton47

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Barbara Cole

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Tintinian49

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Smodger50
Colorful scene captured using macro photography technique.

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Vanveelen52

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Tina Owens54
Blue crab holding an urchin on its head for protection.

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Saul Kondrotas56
Jellyfish

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Tornicoqui58

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Maytevidri61

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Tamergunal63

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Kawa03106566

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Paragon68

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Ian70

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Nik

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Rainan72

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Fangleman74

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digivangelist76

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David Doubilet78

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Last Click Link

1938 underwater photography
By Bruce Mozertom.

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Further Resources Link

Links for further photographs and related resources.

  • Life Aquatic809088868381
    The Life Aquatic group welcomes pictures of, but not limited to, amphibians, annelids, abalone, anemones, aquariums, aquatic plants, birds, bryozoans, chambered nautilus, cnidaria, coral reefs, crustaceans, coelenterates, ctenophores, fish, freshwater fish, jellyfish, marine mammals, mollusks, octopi, reptiles, sea snakes, sea squirts, sea turtles, sharks, sponges, squid, starfish, tunicates, etc.
  • Aquatic Turtles829088868381
    All species of aquatic turtles
  • Aquatic insects 84
    Photography of benthic macroinvertebrates, including dragonflies, mosquitoes, mayflies, stoneflies, water striders, beetles, etc.
  • Digital Underwater Photography859088868381
    Scuba and other underwater photos.
  • Underwater Indoneesia879088868381
    Photos taken underwater in Indonesia, including Bali, Java, Moluccas, Papua (Irian Jaya), Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes), and other dive spots in Indonesia.
  • Underwater Maldives899088868381
    Photos taken underwater in the Maldives Islands.
  • Underwater Videos91
    Underwater, scuba, diving or snorkeling videos.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/05/celebration-of-smoke-photography-and-smoke-art/
  6. 6 http://flickr.com/photos/cronos/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/photos/83291108@N00/514997452/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lundysd/sets/72157594367614712/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lundysd/2904926085/in/set-72157594367614712/
  10. 10 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  11. 11 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  12. 12 http://wickedhalo.blogspot.com/2008/08/subaquatic-beauty.html
  13. 13 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-cowfish-newbert.html
  14. 14 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-cowfish-newbert.html
  15. 15 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/marine-marvels.html
  16. 16 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/marine-marvels/sculpin-fish-laman.html
  17. 17 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-squid-newbert.html
  18. 18 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/translucent-creatures/translucent-jelly-larva-arndt.html
  19. 19 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/wallpaper/hooded-nudibranchs.html
  20. 20 http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/underwater-portraits/male-jawfish-photography.html
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/_never_/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/87185222@N00/317357725/
  23. 23 http://kenvinpinardy.deviantart.com/
  24. 24 http://kenvinpinardy.deviantart.com/art/dancing-underwater-66037749
  25. 25 http://www.pinardy.com/index.html
  26. 26 http://www.pinardy.com/index.html
  27. 27 http://sugarock99.deviantart.com/gallery/#Underwater
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/Gattaldo
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Underwater/54798
  31. 31 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  32. 32 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  33. 33 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  34. 34 http://community.livejournal.com/sensuality_art/1162845.html?style=mine#cutid1
  35. 35 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=59005
  36. 36 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=59005
  37. 37 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  38. 38 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  39. 39 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  40. 40 http://www.zenaholloway.com/
  41. 41 http://www.bubbleshare.com/users/profile/69772
  42. 42 http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/76235/overview#2560821
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldad75/489632956/in/photostream/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographicdesign/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographicdesign/2122244637/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/johncarleton/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/60717073@N00/83723497/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/e10photo/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cattanachs/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cattanachs/2486211668/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/veelen/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/veelen/376286064/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50793212@N00/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/50793212@N00/286971924/
  56. 56 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/861795
  57. 57 http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/861795
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/tornicoqui/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/80932430@N00/488313617/
  60. 60 http://flickr.com/photos/80932430@N00/488313617/
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/maytevidri/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maytevidri/805889243/in/photostream/
  63. 63 http://tamergunal.deviantart.com/
  64. 64 http://tamergunal.deviantart.com/art/underwater-60839871
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/photos/the_road_ahead/
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21066340@N05/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/the_road_ahead/130772137/in/set-72057594110408503/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/paragon1/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/paragon1/2018321561/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-e-mr-g/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/photos/big-e-mr-g/1545969581/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabar/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rabar/2881240159/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkemmerer/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinkemmerer/2612502694/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/people/digivangelist/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/digivangelist/425448593/
  78. 78 http://www.daviddoubilet.com/
  79. 79 http://www.daviddoubilet.com/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/groups/50619606@N00/
  81. 81 #
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/groups/37996584469@N01/
  83. 83 #
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/groups/aquaticinsects/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/groups/42602747@N00/
  86. 86 #
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/groups/underwater-indonesia/
  88. 88 #
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/groups/underwatermaldives/
  90. 90 #
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/groups/775325@N25/
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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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  1. 1

    Is it just me, or do the vast majority of these photos look 100% photoshopped? These aren’t even photos that have simply been “touched up”; the human models look much more like plastic than flesh. You could have found 50 photos that look realistic instead of this fake stuff. Even if most of these are real shots, they’ve all been photoshopped well beyond acceptable limits.

    True beauty is found in real photographs that capture the eye and the imagination. Not in photos that look like they popped out of a hollywood film. *rolls eyes*

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      ok, seriously there must be something wrong with u. everyone knows some of these pics were photoshopped! it’s gonna be a real hard time tryin’ to get all that negative energy outta ya, u must not have many friends. cuz thats real sad. people are tryin to enjoy somethin and ur ruining it

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    Great scenes! I love all of these!

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  3. 4

    Hey great pictures but i really do miss some ive seen long time ago. That was a book and they pictures of people diving with elephants….they should really be in here…unfortunatly i cant find the page anymore…maybee someone can post the adresse!?
    Thanks

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  4. 5

    Pertamax :D

    wow…great!!

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    These are amazing!

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    FYI, #12 (Exhale) isn’t actually an underwater photograph. On the flickr page the creator states that it was photoshopped.

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    i wish i can survive in underwater world… brilliant shot!

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    beautiful, great :)

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  9. 10

    seriously. pictures are nice.. once in a while.

    but i’d like to see some more webdev related content again..

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    Hello, I am from Indaiatuba (São Paulo, Brazil) and love the Smashing Magazine.

    These pictures are really fantastic.

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    The girls in flowing fabric under water is completely played out…

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  13. 14

    I like the turtle photo :)

    simply makes me want to swim with it.

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  14. 15

    Stunning as always. I would like to make a suggestion: could you please implement a j/k navigation (like reader and boston dot com, and of course, emacs) so it is handier to jump to the next picture or topic?

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    I like the ones of Dustin Humphrey and the tiger of Eldad Hagar. The others are also nice, but those are the nicest.

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    So beautiful! Dustin Humphrey is very special.

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    one word…”awesome!”

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    wow… Really nice pictures

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    simply stunning!! I love this genre :)

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    Hey,

    Wonderful !
    All the photographs are Wonderful, except those with female presence !!

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    here’s a good one

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  23. 25

    wow :D Beautiful artistic pictures
    SM Rocks ….

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  24. 26

    all i can say is… “WOOOOOOOOW”!

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  25. 27

    The color is amazing in these pictures. I love the composition and anger in the last National Geographic photo.

    onwired.com

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    @nate – who cares if they’ve been photoshopped? Are you one of those people who whinges about people using digital slrs as well, that they’re not proper photographers?

    surely true beauty is found in photographs that capture the eye and the imagination. so what if artists choose to use photoshop to create stunning visual effects?

    some of these are amazing…

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    @ tom – i think nate’s point is that the title is “stunning underwater photographs” not “digital artwork inspired by stunning underwater photographs”.

    that said, there’s a lot of good work up there. however I agree that we’re seeing TOO many “stunning photos” and hardly enough other stuff, like dev or animation or anything else for that matter.

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    oh! nice pic`s

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    Fabulous set! I *really* need to go diving again…

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    Absolut beautiful.

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