Isabella Maffei (Italy), Pescador Island, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
“It was an early-morning dive, and what looked like a big black animal was moving under the boat. Under water among the sardines, it was like being in a typhoon of swirling motion. The problem was how to make the right exposure; the fish move so fast, and sunlight was constantly flicking in and out of the scene. The movements of the school were quite predictable, as there were no predators around, so I decided to stay and wait for the right scene and the right exposure to come together.
I decided to use a slow shutter-speed to emphasise the movement of the school; standing on the seabed to stabilise my body was crucial in allowing me to focus on the right point.”
Taken with a Nikon D5000 with Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at 10mm, ISO 200, 1/30sec @ f/13, Ikelite housing, two Ikelite DS-51 strobes