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When I worked as an underwater assignment photographer in an active, constantly moving and fluid environment I had one golden rule. Shoot and then shoot again. The image capture was a must. You could not come home empty handed from an assignment and conversely in a fluid environment it was pertinent to capture multiple images so that you had the composition, exposure, quality, and final image that you required. Wayne Gretkzy, the hockey great once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” This is easily transcribed to the world of photography. Life is short and even shorter is nature’s light on a setting sun. Take the shot and then shoot again.
The image attached to this article illustrates this golden rule of photography. Grand Central Station in Gizo, Solomon Islands was a dive site where we were to see a parade of pelagics (open ocean fish like sharks, & tuna) at the end of the reef in about 120 feet of water, but that did not happen. At the end of the dive, my buddy and I ascended into one of the most colorful shallow reef areas I had ever experienced.
I shot a roll of film (36 exposures), clambered aboard the dingy, reloaded film into the camera, reentered the water, and then shot again. I was quite happy with the end results.
Eliot Porter once said, “You learn to see by practice. It's just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can't be photographed. You just have to keep doing it.” Well said Eliot. Shoot and then shoot again.