Scuba Diving In Verzasca RIver, Ticino, Switzerland - Dreamstime
Since reading an article in the internet about the clear water of Verzasca River in Ticino, Switzerland, I have wanted to go there to shoot some pictures.
I live in Geneva so the trip took me about 5 hours to reach Lavertezzo, the place where they say the water is so clear that you can see the river bed 20-30 feet under from the surface.
I already have a Canon G1X, and I invested a few hundred CHF to buy its underwater casing to enable to capture underwater images. I figure that its good to have an underwater casing around just in case I have the opportunity to use it in the future, and not for this one particular time alone.
Verzasca river was really amazing, the sunny and warm weather provides good natural lights for dark and shadowy places underwater. I was very lucky since the scuba divers were out in full force. Lots and lot of interesting stuff to capture.
Here are some of them
I asked around for tips for underwater shooting and this is some of the things I was advised to do.
1. Make sure the you apply the provided silicone gel around the rubber ring of the underwater casing as instructed
2. Test the underwater casing in a pail of water to make sure there is no leak.
3. Set the preferred settings of the camera before installing it in its underwater casing.
4. Use Aperture Priority mode
5. Set white balance mode to underwater.
Other images I managed to capture while in Verzasca,
It took me another five hours to drive home. It was a little bit tiring but I was really happy with the results.
Photo credits: Akulamatiau.
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