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Nikonos V Review - Underwater photography

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Keywords: nikonos, underwater, photography, photographic, disciplines, film, sports

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Using the Nikonos

The first thing I learned  -the hard way-  was how very important is to know how to dive well. One cannot afford the luxury of a little distraction. Underwater it is extremely easy to loose the sense of time, depth and orientation.

Padi and Naui, today offer underwater photography courses that  provide the diver with the skills and knowledge to enjoy underwater photography while minimizing the potential risks of such activities


On certain occasion, being so focused on making adjustments to my camera, an underwater current dragged me a long stretch and not only I lost the location of my group, but also my own bearings.

It is not an experience I can recommend. I exhausted my reserve oxygen while having to swim  -on the not so calm surface and countercurrent-  a distance that felt like 15 miles before reaching the boat while my cheap snorkel kept getting filled with sea water. 

The ocean deserves a lot of respect.

The author, when he had lots of hair and

did not need a thick warm diving suit.


I'll never be sorry of first obtaining the Master Open Sea Diver certification before venturing again into the ocean as an underwater photographer. Once I achieved the necessary diver's expertise and awareness, underwater photography became fun, as you can see in the samples below, and quite fascinating.




My ballet dancer wife, kindly stops and turns towards my Nikonos to allow her picture to be taken, while the guide goes under to enter a cave in a reef at Cancun.

Backlight picture of my mermaid spouse coming down into a Cancun reef with a fish school, in the same trip of the above picture. 

TTL flash, aimed at the fish school.

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Originally written on September 10, 2010

Last updated on December 19, 2017

J. Ramon Palacios J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources

San Pedro Garza García, Mexico
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1 comment

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on March 5, 2013

Beautiful images. Thanks for share with us.