I thought our underwater shoot with Ben and Shannon would be just another good photo shoot - but I didn’t go in thinking it would be as fun as it was. And I didn’t expect after getting out of the water I would feel this urge to drop everything and throw myself completely at underwater photography. Yet here we are.
It’s such a multi-faceted art. Every aspect has to be dialed, no matter how seemingly unimportant - your fins and booties have to fit perfectly, same with your mask; you have to rent or buy a waterhousing - all of which has to be sorted out before you hop in the water.
Once you’re in the water, you have to learn a bunch of things on the fly, such as how to de-pressurize your ears without blowing out your ear drums, how to shoot and breath and direct simultaneously, and then during the dive, how to orient yourself while floating in a blue void so you can actually lock focus on your subject and take your shot.
Even with all these variables mostly figured out, and professionals to guide us, Tommy and I (as a team) still came away with 67 useable images out of 2,000. Crazy. And despite all this, or maybe because of it, I can decisively say I am now hooked. I am shopping for a housing, a wetsuit, and a face mask so I can continue doing this once I get back home in Canada.
And yes, the ocean is incredibly clean here, but this is becoming an exception. There are plenty of resources to learn about the effects of pollution on our oceans. I’ve personally been most impacted on the topic by reading here, and can vouch for this information because of the abudant cross-referencing. Give it a read!
Enjoy the pics!
ps, I will be releasing a short video from hawai’i soon cause we did a couple other things too