This shot was one of those happy accidents that I turned to my advantage one day when returning back to the boat after a dive, I still had a bit of air left in my tank, and I was shooting up towards the back of the boat as I often like to do, and I noticed one of the crew coming down on a snorkel to check out the bottom of one of the ribs.
And so I took a quick shot of him, with the strobe settings and camera settings as they had been previously set up on.
And I got this shot below.

 

This was my first quickly grabbed shot of one of the boat crew from Mistral, and enough to see that my quickly developing concept was valid.
This was my first quickly grabbed shot of one of the boat crew from Mistral, and enough to see that my quickly developing concept was valid.

 

 

So before reviewing the shot I signalled to the crew member to do it again please, easier said than done, but we got there in the end!

And then after a couple more shots of him, I could see he was getting tired.
So I popped up to the surface and asked one of his mates to do the same, at this point its useful to show the guys what you are doing, and show them the pictures on the back of the camera.
So his mate repeated the actions and I positioned Mistral in the back of the shot so you could clearly see her stern and the ladders.

 

 

Here's another member of the crew and by now I had the positioning and lighting good for the shots.
Here’s another member of the crew and by now I had the positioning and lighting good for the shots.

 

 

I was ready to call it a day happy that id got all the shots in the bag, and I noticed that both the crew i’d shot were lining up to dive in, so waiting a moment or two longer paid dividends, as I managed to get the framing the same and both of them in the shot at the same time.
And this is the shot I ended up with.

 

This was the final shot in the sequence and the one I love the most, highlighting what fun is to be had on an Egyptian Liveaboard, and how willing the crew are to take part.
This was the final shot in the sequence and the one I love the most, highlighting what fun is to be had on an Egyptian Liveaboard, and how willing the crew are to take part.

the crew are a great resource and are generally very willing to participate and help out in your shots. Click here for another post I did that covers this sort of thing in more detail.

One thing I should point out that is a bit of a problem in this kind of picture is your own bubbles spoiling the image, so you’ve got to try and time it between breaths, which can be quite demanding, so take it easy, and don’t get too frustrated if it doesn’t work out according to plan at first.

 

If you’d like to see for yourself how much fun an Egyptian dive boat crew can be, and learn or improve your underwater photography as well, then why not join me on a tailored photo workshop itinerary some time. Click here to see my upcoming trip schedule all around the world.

Regards

Duxy