Thursday, May 10, 2012
As far as I'm concerned, David Doubilet sets the standard for underwater photography. I first learned of him via his book, Water, Light, Time, which was published more than a decade ago. It's a stunning book, and at the time when it came out I had literally never seen underwater photography that looked anything like that. Doubilet was, and clearly still is, ahead of his time. The New York Times lens blog recently published a collection of his work along with a brief interview with Mr. Doubilet that brought up a couple of issues that I'd never really considered before—namely, that underwater photographers are shooting digitally these days. I guess it makes perfect sense, but I just had never really considered all of the challenges and benefits of taking one of these supercomputers we call cameras below the surface of the sea. The benefits make perfect sense, too: increased light sensitivity, sharpness and color rendition that allow the photographer to make pictures better than ever before. And that means Doubilet can really create images of undersea life that are especially mind-blowing. Check out the gallery and interview at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/photos-that-move-and-flow-underwater, and then do whatever you can to get your hands on that stunning book that introduced me to Mr. Doubilet's genius.