Scuba Diving at Night
“Diving Under the Stars” – Blue Lake, Caucasus, Kabardino – Balkaria, Russia – Viktor Lyagushkin – Featured Photographer
Judging by the views counts and comments, you guys love these split level shots just as much as we do. Well here is a new twist we have never seen before. An underwater split level shot at night with full star compliment. Talk about technically difficult! I wouldn’t know how to begin to do this. Fortunately Viktor does and he explains below. After giving it a good read head on over to http://www.flickr.com/photos/samebody/ for some more truly inspiring underwater images. His underwater Beluga whale images are truly unique.
Blue Lake (Chirek-Kel) in Russia, the Caucasus, Kabardino-Balkaria, is the deepest karst lake in the world. It is situated at an altitude of 800 meters and is surrounded by mountains. The air is very clear and there is no stray light from cities. Here I came up with idea to make a shot which will combine my love of shooting stars and underwater photography. It was the hardest shot in my life.
I found a solid place on the bottom, where tripod would not rise silt from the bottom. In the afternoon we put the weights with ropes to bind the model and the lighting man and exposed length of the ropes. When night had come, I set the box with the camera on a tripod; the model and the lighting man attached themselves to the ropes. I set a long shutter speed, and flared up the flash in manual mode. Lighting man had 2 strobes which worked on EV Controller. The model and the lighting man hung in the darkness and the light under the water was only from the strobes. Slow shutter speed and tripod have helped me get a light from the stars.
Photo – Viktor Lyagushkin
Model – Eduard Huazhev
Light – Bogdana Vashchenko
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