Over the summer I spent a lot of time playing with my new camera. I had so many ideas I wanted to work on, even though I wasn't sure about the technique involved to create many of them.
One of the ideas I wanted to try, but didn't have the right equipment for, was underwater photography. Having never tried it before, I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money on something that I may only have a passing whim to test out, so instead of purchasing any expensive camera housing, I decided to do a trial run with a disposable camera.
While it may not have gone as smoothly as I was hoping, I'm pleased with the results of a handful, which sometimes is all you need (Thanks to Sam for helping with all the images of me - there was no timer to be used for self portraits and it was hard enough to take underwater shots of items I could gauge distance on, let alone myself).
I also learned during this process how difficult it is to set up a shot underwater, and when you really can't tell what is in focus or if it's getting enough light while underwater (ah good ol' point and shoot disposable camera), and have no image to analyze after you take a shot to set up your next one, the pressure of the unknown starts to emerge.
It's amazing how we take for granted the instant gratification technology gives us now. Not only was there no way for me to tell if the pictures I just took were in focus, or even came out in general, but finding somewhere to develop said film once it was finished seemed nearly impossible. Apparently film has become so antiquated, the only places that will do anything for you that isn't printing an already existing digital photo are actual photography shops that still sell film and equipment.
I remember when the local drug store used to develop film in the same day!
After going to seven different locations with no avail, I finally stopped at a photography store where they could send it out and waited two weeks for my film to come back developed (Made me miss my college days when I could have easily developed it myself in our photography studio's dark room).
Finally, after what felt like forever, I was able to pick up my negatives and start the process of scanning them in to see what I had actually taken pictures of.
I really didn't know what to expect, so when I found a handful that I was happy with, I was ecstatic. The colors and tones of the shots that were in focus were ethereal- soft and beautiful, with an other-worldly quality I never would have known was achievable.
While I did do a small amount of editing to a couple of these images to bring out the saturation and contrast, nothing was added or taken away in post-processing. Being at the surface of the water with camera beneath created some awesome shots.
I would love to revisit this idea with my own camera, especially if I could use the ability to see what I just captured and adjust accordingly to take the best photo I can.
Looks like I'm already making a goal list for next summer...better start practicing now!