These lifestyle images were shot near Miami, Florida and are quite difficult to shoot. Between having to hold the underwater housing (the camera and lens are inside the housing), the 9" glass dome port and the 45° finder (about 16½ pounds total - 7¼ KG), just above the water, I also have to contend with the waves picking me and the models up and the ocean currents moving us in frequently different directions or closer together or farther apart all the while trying to frame the shot and direct the models.
The models in all of these images had just met maybe 20 or 30 minutes earlier on the beach. We would meet about 30 minutes before sunrise to get the styling done, introduce the models and get into the water. Coupled with all of this, sunrise light will only last maybe 20 minutes before becoming ugly, meaning everyone had to be "On" and stay focused in order to get some cool shots quickly.
In the top image, the sun was not yet above the horizon, the light is being reflected off of a cloud, the same light that is hitting the clouds above the trees and the models. This why I want everyone to be in the water roughly 15 minutes before sunrise in order to shoot predawn light and give the models time to get comfortable with each other.
Canon 16-35mm zoom lens or a
Canon 14mm lens or a
Canon or Sigma 85mm lens inside a
Seacam underwater housing, the one below has a flat port:
with a Seacam 45° finder mounted to the rear of the housing
using either a
Seacam 9" (23 cm) glass dome port with an extension tube or a
Seacam flat port with an extension tube
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