Sun and Water Beget the Summer Girl

Ferris wheel and fair rides at sunset, blurring due to long exposure, Del Mar Fair

Ferris wheel and fair rides at sunset, blurring due to long exposure.
Image ID: 20872
Location: Del Mar Fair, California, USA

I am readying gear for a bit of diving, so I had to drag the camera out of deep storage and call upon one of my two favorite fitness models for a few test shots. Summer is almost here. I can tell by watching my girls. One was on the beach playing a volleyball tournament today, the other swimming in the pool. Life is good.

(Note to photographers: I am again reminded today that Canon’s 15mm fisheye is the sharpest lens for underwater purposes I have ever used. Due to its curved-field nature, and the fact that a camera behind a spherical dome underwater is forced to focus on a curved-field virtual image, a good fisheye lens holds sharpness further into the corners while flat field lenses break down and go soft. I have been a sucker for very wide lenses since I first picked up a camera — why the hell would anyone waste their time on macro when the big picture is out there waiting to be told? — and the Canon 15mm and Nikon 16mm fisheye lenses are two of my favorites.)

Young girl swimming in a pool

Young girl swimming in a pool
Image ID: 25286

Young girl swimming in a pool

Young girl swimming in a pool
Image ID: 25287

Young girl swimming in a pool

Young girl swimming in a pool
Image ID: 25290

Can you blow a perfect bubble ring underwater? I can. That’s right. This is a bubble that I made, like a smoke ring, except I blew it underwater. There’s a trick to making them, a way to snap your lips in a snarky, La-Jolla-socialite sort of way while exhaling that results in the bubble organizing itself into a ring. Once in a while I get a really perfect ring, a thing of beauty. A bubble ring is a stable toroidal air pocket that maintains its shape — even growing in diameter and rotating along its axis — as it ascends to the surface.

Underwater bubble ring, a stable toroidal pocket of air

Underwater bubble ring, a stable toroidal pocket of air.
Image ID: 25282