“Lady of the Deep” – Ras Mohammad National Park, Egypt – Jacques de Vos – Featured Photographer
When you think of Egypt you tend to think of pyramids and sand. Lots of sand! If someone asked me where this image was taken you could have given me 1,000 chances to guess and I would have needed at least 1,001 to guess Egypt. After seeing Jacques award winning image below, I now think of Egypt as a place I need to go for diving and free diving as well. Please read about his photoshoot below with the world record freediver Linda Paganelli and then check out his portfolio at www.jdvos.com. I recommend watching his video clips on free diving that explain the difficulties of the sport.
Take it away Jacques:
First off, thank you for the awesome privilege of hosting one of my images on photobotos.com!
This image recently won gold in the ‘Superbowl’ of underwater photography competitions (Our World Underwater 2012)…
As with all of my other current underwater work this image was taken while Freediving, which means that it was done on a single breath without the use of SCUBA equipment. The freediver in the shot is record Italian freediver Linda Paganelli (co-owner of Freedive Dahab), ascending in front of one of the caves in the Ras Mohammed National Park just south of Sharm el-Sheikh.
To take the shot I dived into the cave first and positioned myself at least 30 seconds before Linda came down in order to give me time to get the composition, exposure etc. just right. The camera I used was a Canon 7D in an Ikelite housing through a Tokina 10-17mm lens. Taken in Manual mode: f/7 at 1/125. Although the colour version is almost as beautiful I opted for a monochrome version as it looked much more dramatic and it really provided a great atmosphere to the shot.
This cave when viewed from inside revealed the silhouette of lady from the Victorian era. Look closely…it appears as if she is wearing a wide dress, a hat and has one arm on her hip (the other holding a purse)…not everyone sees it but its a nice little ‘extra’!
Ras Mohammad national park is considered to be one of the best dive locations in the world. It is situated at the southern most tip of the Sinai Peninsula, with the Gulf of Suez on the west and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east.
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