I was enjoying a walk round a local garden (not, alas, my own) this afternoon. They have a stream fed pond, part of which is planted up with water hawthorn, Aponogeton distachyos. The water was glass clear, conditions were almost windless and the bright May sunlight was at a perfect angle to evenly illuminate the shallow water right down to the bottom without inducing surface glare.
Which enabled me to get the following shot:
|Aponogeton distachyos showing floating flowers and foliage and the stems rooted in the bottom mud|
Normally a polarising filter is needed to cut reflections and glare and enable a limited view through the air-water interface. I didn't need one today. Conditions were perfect to capture an almost textbook illustration showing the whole of an aquatic plant.
Technical details are embedded in the EXIF data. Click to embiggen the shot.