Water colours

For the past 12 years, Sumer Verma has been scuba diving for passion and a living. “I have travelled to water bodies all over the world, and my dives include ones at Maldives, Galapagos, Indonesia, and of course the Andamans and Nicobar islands,” says the 38-year-old.

Nailed: Hammerhead sharks in Lakshadweep

Jumbo strokes: An elephant fancies an under-sea swim near Radhanagar Beach in the Andamans

The most important thing, says Verma, is to ensure your safety, and make sure that you do not damage the pristine surroundings of reefs and corals while photographing underwater. “I was lucky to click an elephant swimming across the waters, during one of my expeditions in Radhanagar beach in the Andamans,” says Verma.

Eye-to-eye: Sumer Verma clicked this shot one-and-a-half-feet away from the sea turtle using a microscopic lens in Lakshadweep 

Bright and happy: A tubeworm in the Andaman waters

Also, the toughest challenge is shooting a subject in motion. He adds, “I didn’t know how quickly the taxiderm would swim away by the time I got my shot. You have to be real quick as underwater, even the photographer is not perfectly still.”

Designer kid: A Juvenile angel fish in the Lakshadweep Islands

Sting operation: Manta ray in Lakshadweep waters

Ask about his most memorable shot and Verma replies, “The turtle eye, of course. I was one-and-a-half feet away from the turtle. It was mesmerising. I managed to get this shot thanks to my microscopic lens,” he says.

Out together: A shoal of yellow snappers in the Lakshadweep Islands

The exhibition, An Ode To The Sea, is on till November 10 at Gallery 7, G3, Oricon House, 12/14 Rampart Row, K Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda 

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