Scuba Diving at Night – Viktor Lyagushkin – Featured Photographer   56 comments



Scuba diving at night


Scuba Diving at Night

“Diving Under the Stars” – Blue Lake, Caucasus, Kabardino – Balkaria, Russia – Viktor Lyagushkin – Featured Photographer

Judging by the views counts and comments, you guys love these split level shots just as much as we do.  Well here is a new twist we have never seen before.  An underwater split level shot at night with full star compliment. Talk about technically difficult! I wouldn’t know how to begin to do this.  Fortunately Viktor does and he explains below.  After giving it a good read head on over to for some more truly inspiring underwater images.  His underwater Beluga whale images are truly unique.

Enter Viktor:

Blue Lake (Chirek-Kel) in Russia, the Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria, is the deepest karst lake in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 800 meters and is surrounded by mountains. The air is very clear and there is no stray light from cities.  Here I came up with idea to make a shot which will combine my love of shooting stars and underwater photography.  It was the hardest shot in my life.

I found a solid place on the bottom, where tripod would not rise silt from the bottom. In the afternoon we put the weights with ropes to bind the model and the lighting man and exposed length of the ropes.  When  night had come, I set the box with the camera on a tripod; the model and the lighting man attached themselves to the ropes. I set a long shutter speed, and flared up the flash in manual mode. Lighting man had 2 strobes which worked on EV Controller.  The model and the lighting man hung in the darkness and the light under the water was only from the strobes.  Slow shutter speed and tripod have helped me get a light from the stars.

Photo – Viktor Lyagushkin

Model – Eduard Huazhev

Light – Bogdana Vashchenko


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  3. Wow. I love the beauty of the photo.


  5. Magic!

  6. That is beautiful…

  7. Fabulous and original! Ann

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  9. Amazing – just superb!!!

  10. amazing – just superb!!!

  11. Amazing picture!!!!

  12. Wow- Looks really amazing.

  13. All that effort and patience payed off with a stunning photo.

  14. Truly magnificent!

  15. Very neat!
    Bella and DiDi

  16. Wow.

  17. Absolutely fascinating. A really lovely shot. 🙂

  18. Eerie yet beautiful!

  19. Stunning photo. I love it!

  20. That is simply amazing. And knowing how much work went into it makes it even more so!

  21. Hypnotizing!

  22. I love it. It doesn’t seem possible to shoot above and below the water at the same time. The lighting and the magic in this photo is wonderful!

  23. absolutely love it!!!!

  24. Breathtaking! …Unless you’ve got a SCUBA tank, in which case, you’re covered. X)
    Seriously, though. This is a spectacular shot. The color contrast between water and stardusted sky does kind of take my breath away.

  25. So amazing!!

  26. Stunning photo!

  27. How are they able to take a photo like that … awesome. Absolutely fantastic.

  28. Looks spooky!

  29. it’s a stunner

  30. Great simple image which almost looks quite mystical.

  31. Never seen a photo like this before. Outstanding!!

    Cat Protectress
  32. Enjoyed watching it, great photo.

  33. Stunning! A visual delight.

  34. The vision and color of a long lost dream. Stunning image!

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  36. Gorgeous! I’ve never seen a shot like that before. It’s ethereal and so beautiful.

  37. Ok, this is just amazing!!

  38. It’s so Sea Hunt. Loved that show.

  39. Absolutely awesome!

  40. The diver’s bubbles and the stars look similar… maybe stars are space gas bubbles….

    Photo is scary… deep water and all alone… and dark…

  41. Awesome . . . simply awesome!

  42. It has a fantastic space quality–like an astronaut. Love it!

  43. beautiful

  44. I have never seen anything like this, fabulous!!

  45. Now, this is cool! 🙂

  46. Stunning and adventurous to say the least!

  47. What a great photograph ! The colors are awesome too ! Thank you for liking my “Pablo Picasso” post !!!

  48. Thanks so much for the like! Your site is very cool! Amazing shots! I am impressed!

  49. Amazing!!!

  50. yes, stunning.

  51. Gorgeous! Love the starry sky coupled with that blue of the water!

  52. Oh my goodness! What a great shot! I love your creativity!

  53. Focus in both water and air! Great work!

  54. Wow! Very impressive effort with fabulous results!

  55. brilliant shot. show this to anyone who thinks you can take great shots on a camera phone. Dream on!

  56. Quite stunning – so much effort goes into getting such shots.

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