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Underwater Photography Over spring break I scuba-dived for the first time in Puerto Vallarta Mexico Having gone to aquariums as a child I have always marveled at how much vibrance color and life exists beneath the surface of the water To actually be apart of that underwater environment is an experience that is indescribable You feel as if you are in a different universe from the world above suspended in mid-air with all these wonderful and different species around you What a challenge it would be I thought to take a camera underwater and try to capture that all those splendid creatures and landscapes on film The very first underwater photograph was taken in 1856 by William Thompson an Englishman It was a blurry photo of sand and seaweed using a camera housed in a watertight box mounted on a heavy tripod lowered 18ft from a rowboat The shutter operated manually from the boat by pulling a piece of string with an exposure time of 10 minutes While the photo was indeed a remarkable achievement critics have been known to say that the image itself was not considered a success It was not until 1893 Frenchman Louis Boutan had what was considered sucess with underwater photography A zoologist for the Argo Marine Laboratory in Banyuls-sur-Mer in the South of France he started out with a magazine camera containing six 5 by 7 inch gelatin dry plates housed in a massive watertight metal box In this box he made portholes out of glass for the lens and the viewfinder of the camera Then to compensate for the pressure differences underwater he connected an air-filled rubber balloon to the box by a tube This contraption was huge weighing over 400 lb so big it needed to be lifted out of the water by block and tackle To counteract this enormous and awkward weight the camera was attached to a floating barrel full of
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