Personal Project: Lake Tahoe Underwater

Personal Project: Lake Tahoe Underwater

As someone who has travelled the world fairly extensively, and having lived in Australia, the USA, the Netherlands, and Taiwan, I can say that Lake Tahoe makes my list as one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, my Tahoe portfolio is rather pitiful though not for the lack of trying. I have made perhaps a dozen or so dedicated photography trips out there with little to show for it. Whilst extraordinarily beautiful, I've found it difficult to translate that beauty into a successful image.

In all the years I've been going there I've had a nagging desire to try and capture the beauty of Tahoe beneath the surface. I'm not the only one who has felt this way. See photographer Dylan Silver's wondrous images here at 

Underwater photography, in alpine waters, is not for the faint of heart. A strong reason for the relative scarcity of work out there. Last year I finally decided it was time for me to start my project on Tahoe underwater. I purchased an underwater housing, which is just quietly, damn expensive if you want to buy a product with a good reputation to protect your expensive camera and lenses. I had several attempts on the coast to practice using the housing and figure out how to control the camera. The learning curve was steep and my first results were rather horrid.

However it's now late August in 2022 and I have made three trips to Tahoe to capture some underwater landscapes as I call them, highlighting the clarity and the blues for which Tahoe is so famous. After much trial and error, including several hours in the backyard pool, I'm starting to get the system dialed in and have captured several images that I'm proud of. Please visit the Tahoe and Eastern Sierra Gallery to see some recent results, or under themes, select the gallery called "Blue"


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