Getting a good image in a nice calm studio is hard work. Shooting underwater is another whole other level. I drove up to Blue Springs State Park only to find it over crowed and admission to the park was blocked. Lucky Ponce de Leon Springs State Park was open had reasonable number for people. As we drove into the park a storm broke which closed the sprint to swimming, so we waited. Storm finely passed and the sprint was reopened.
In to the 68 degree water we go. I learn from the last attempt to shoot underwater a mask and weight belt are required to get a better shot. First thing is the mask fogs up complete in under a minute because of the difference between my body temperature and fridged water. As soon as we try to get to the bottom of the spring we kick up a good deal of sand and silt.
The suspended material in the water makes the shot look like crap as well eliminating the use of a strobe. Even time I try to get near the bottom I kick up more sand. Also having a camera in your hands and trying swim is tough. I tried get good shots, but I have to say this attempt to shoot underwater was a learning experience.
In a nutshell I need a lot more time underwater and behind the camera, it is very difficult to get a great image underwater. I going to try a swimming pool next, see what I can do with out the sand and the slit. Maybe get some gills and a heavier weight belt…
Met many old friends, had blast, made new friends. Still getting use to the Canon G10 and the Canon underwater housing, so far very happy. Hoping to shoot with a few more models before I have to head back home. I did a shoot and run with the lovely person Tonya Kay, will post in a few days…
Images from past years…
Tonya Kay back ground, Minnie in the middle
I am getting ready for FetCon 2009, I will be getting there friday night. I already have a long list of people to shoot with and old friends to catch up with. Will be shooting with two of my favorite models Lexi Katt and Minnie Vicious. Also will be shooting the famous Tonya Kay, check her out, she is a full throttle trip…
Did a beach shoot @ Melbourne Beach with Tash. I have never been a big fan of the beach shoots, too easy to get sand in expensive gear. I tend to bring too much gear to shoots and hate dealing with gawkers. I did agree to do the shoot. She has always been fun to work with and she had picked up some new outfits. The shoot went well, wish I had not forgotten my Hensel ring flash…
I was tinkering with doing a few product shots for my portfolio. I waned to try out doing some water splash shots. I like working with kinetic subjects matter. Still not 100% happy with the results, need to work more with the lighting. Might try a different shaped glasses or maybe olives.
The video of Tina & her VW shoot is featured on Hensel Studio Lights (Facebook)
I love my Porty!!!!
I have new covers for Space Coast Living and Space Coast Business.
This is a shot of Linda Weatherman for the May 2009 cover of Space Coast Business. I really like this shot, Mrs Weatherman a with http://www.space-coast.com/ group. I have shot her before while working for Space Coast Business. I was very excited to shoot her for the cover of the magazine. I wanted to show a women in a strong and assertive way but not over bearing. Mrs. Weatherman is responsible for bring business to the Space Coast.
This cover shot was for the May 2009 issue of Space Coast Living of Dr Anita Saluja and her to lovely children. I was a new experience for me to shoot with children. They where where excellent subject and made the shoot very fun.