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  • Underwater


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    Summer is upon us. It’s been well over 100 degrees the last two weeks with no end in sight. The secret to beating the heat is to never, under any circumstance, leave the pool. You want your photo taken? Sure! As long as I don’t have to get out of the pool.

    Here are a few pics from a just-for-fun shoot with Amanda, aka Salamanda. I had one day left on an underwater housing rental and wanted to try something different. We didn’t have time to put together a wardrobe so Amanda pulled something from her closet – a wedding dress.

    Light came from a single 1.2Kw HMI. It was pointed into some painter’s plastic that we pulled tight across one section of the pool, just above the water’s surface. Light falloff in water is much stronger than air and I definitely noticed the HMI didn’t have the same reach under the surface. Could have used an extra stop or two but we made due. The hardest part was getting the light where I wanted it. Due to the obvious consequences of mixing electricity and water, we couldn’t put the HMI *in* the pool. With a heavy top light I was limited to a deep shadowed look. So we just went with it. By the way, the housing was an Aquatech from Check ‘em out. They’re good people.

    Kudos to Michelle our MUA and Lyn the bubble wrangler. Lyn also shot some pics of another model and from what I’ve seen so far they will be epic.

    If you want to see what a really deep underwater shoot looks like, check this out this underwater stage at Pinewood Studios.

  • HV20 Underwater Housing

    After a few failed attempts at building an underwater housing device for the Red (can you say large open tupperware with a viewing window at the bottom? Me neither), I settled on the simpler task of building one for the lowly Canon HV20. It was pretty easy to do, actually. A few pieces of ABS from Lowes, a little pipe dope, some teflon tape, and a used filter attached with silicon. The final setup setup looked kind of like a weapon with its nifty handle (which I filled with lead weights for stability)

    Location of choice was Clear Creek right beneath the falls. Most of the healthy salmon split once I jumped in the ice cold water. But I found this little fella’ that was too blind and sick to scram. So what exactly is all that ick on his face? Well it’s Ich. Or more specifically, Ichthyophonus hoferi. Ich (pronounced “ick”). It’s a well-known disease, (caused by a parasite) and is harmless to humans. It starts as white spots on the fish’s heart and spreads outward to the skin. Ick, indeed.

    And while we’re on the topic of fish, please enjoy the photo below of a monstor salmon found in our own Battle creek – Lyn’s old fisheries biologist stomping grounds. The fish was dead when found but was estimated to weigh around 90lbs when alive. You can see from the photo that this fish is about the size of a cow and probably would have fed a family of three for an entire winter.