Yes, this is true. Our go-to dive destination is Cozumel, and sometimes I have the luxury of no current, and sometimes I'm fighting a mild current, and sometimes it's pretty stiff. Regardless, my light will scare the critters - I've experimented with it - blennies tuck back in their holes (no always though) and seahorses turn away from it. So I rush, don't take the time to focus and hope for the best. I've never experimented with a tripod or setting down my camera.
That's pretty darned funny! I have rarely had the opportunity to take that much time to set up a shot. Usually I'm with a group and have to keep up.
I learned how to do that when diving in Kona - before then, I tried to fight the motion of the water. It really does work best when you allow the water to move just the parts of your body that don't 'need' to stay still. Not that I have this perfected, but I understand the value, and work on the skill.
(I'm hearing Steppenwolf AND seeing the scene from Aladdin here with the 'magic carpet ride'!). I spend a fair amount of time upside down when trying to get shots on a slope/wall. It's the only way to protect the reef, and get close enough to get a shot. One of the reasons I want to keep my rig smallish is to get into tight spaces. I hate having to pass up good shots because my rig is too big (but a GoPro wouldn't do what I want to do - I really like macro).
Here are a couple of my better pics - when my subject is stationary (flamingo tongue) it helps!! But not matter what I do, my painted elysia are always just a little blurry - it seems the colors bleed into one another just the tiniest amount.
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