I did my very first underwater shoot yesterday.
*pause for dramatic effect*
It was SO much fun! I didn’t have anything planned, just wanted to test it, so I got my sister in a dress and got into the swimming pool and I think we were there for about two hours or an hour and a half. I had no expectations, I didn’t know if I’d get anything I could use, I just wanted to try it. And man, was it hard.
I put my Canon 550D in the Dicapac bag; I was too scared of testing the bag on my MarkIII, even though I did a test with some tissue and it came out dry. I don’t know if I’d use my MarkIII in that bag, because I’ll always be scared lol and my 550D isn’t bad for experimenting. Maybe once I figure it out I’ll get proper housing, but we’ll see.
So what was hard about it?
Just.. seeing! I thought, okay I won’t go in deep I won’t even put the whole camera in the water, and I think most of the pictures I took were like that. But I also wanted to try getting a lower angle, in which I failed miserably because I kept floating! Duh. Oh, and I could NOT see anything when I was completely in the water, so I thought hey lemme get goggles, so I did that. Nope, didn’t work. Still couldn’t see.
I also used black fabric as a background, and I thought it was pretty big, until I put in the water and realized it’s nowhere near as wide as I thought it was.
Those are just MY struggles. My sister had a difficult time too, but I have to say she did amazing despite everything. The only dress I had that was bright enough was the red dress I used in Across The Abyss, and that had a lot of “floofs” lol. So it was pretty heavy. She also had a hard time keeping her eyes open, and not blowing out bubbles and also keeping her cheeks normal and not looking like a fish haha.
Out of 700 pictures, I only got around 3 or 4 that I kinda liked. And out of those, I only managed to edit 1, which I’m not very happy with. But I keep reminding myself that it was just a test shoot. I tend to be a little hard on myself when I fail *sad face*
And the edited image:
So that’s pretty much it. I still need to figure out how to get sharp and less murky images. I started out with the 50mm then went with the 18-55mm.
I have a confession to make: I always feel like I get lucky. For a very long time, when I did things right, or when I achieved something, I always always thought I just got lucky. I remember in university, I had this residential design class, and for some reason my professor praised my work a lot and used me as an example to the other students. I still don’t think my work was the best, it was okay, but.. again, I felt like I got lucky. So when I don’t “get lucky”, I just get disappointed. Like during this shoot.
There are so many things I’m trying to work through, and by talking about them here, I don’t feel like I’m going through them alone. It’s like I’m telling the world “look, this is what’s wrong with me, but I am determined to change that”, you know?
I plan on trying this again some time this week, because now it’s more like a challenge and I wanna do something super awesome. I keep trying to remind myself that failure is not a setback and it only helps me learn and improve.
Last night I was looking at Elena Kalis‘s pictures and I cried a little on the inside. I’m not comparing myself to her of course, there’s absolutely no room for comparison. But I’m just hoping that someday I can take underwater pictures like that. She’s amazing and so inspiring!