My Best Shot: Sumer Verma
This article was originally published in March 2011.
Why it is my best shot?
This picture is my best shot for a number of reasons. I like the green tones of the water which gives this image a surreal, almost water colour like feeling. Then, the position of the diver and the Manta Ray, with the Manta Ray dominating the frame really helps to show the relative sizeof these magnificent giants. The Manta was five metres across in wingspan and it completely dwarfed the diver. I like this shot for its simple composition yet powerful dynamic between man and these mystical creatures of the deep.
Where and when I shot this image
This picture was taken while diving off a Liveaboard boat in the Maldives, around Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll in August or September 2009.
How I achieved it
This Manta Ray was feeding and constantly circling the divers. After watching him for a while, I shifted to get into position so I could get both the Manta and the diver facing each other in this kind of a gentle face-off. The end result was sheer joy!
The gear I used to get the shot
I used a Nikon D200 camera with a16mm fisheye lens. The shutterspeed was1/125sec, aperture f/8 and the ISO 200. The housing is from SEACAM, Austria, with SEA&SEA strobe lights.
About Sumer Verma
Sumer Verma has been an underwater photographer since 2006. He shoots marine life mainly around the Lakshwadeep and Andaman islands. His work has won awards in several international competitions and his fashion editorial work has been published in Vogue magazine.