This was definitely one of the most ambitious shoots I have done to date. Here is a 40 second video that quickly illustrates how Card Sharks was created. The video is a slideshow of approximately 400 images, taken by me, strung together into a slideshow Card Sharks Behind the Scenes tiny. <–Click here for video
If that link doesn’t work, you can view it on YouTube http://youtu.be/Yrlt-elhgU0
I’m also including a visual walk-thru of the shoot with narration that explains a few additional points and some lessons learned.
Note: This image is FOR SALE in a 16″ x 20″ print. $50 +shipping for standard print, $100 + shipping for a Giclee canvas wrap. Questions or orders can be directed to me or any of the models. Craig@ CraigGum.com
I definitely DO NOT recommend doing this type of shoot without the training and supervision by a certified SCUBA instructor. It is entirely possible to get an air embolism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_embolism in even just 9 feet of water. Safety was our primary concern during this entire shoot. Stephen was never more than a reach away from the models at any time and we had additional support by Dive Master Richard Riggs. I am in debt to both of these men. None of this would have happened without them.
A round of applause is also due to the models. Breathing underwater and purging a regulator is not something that comes naturally and can be quite terrifying. There were several moments where the shoot could have come to a complete halt due to apprehension and the understandable fear of doing a shot like this. We struggled thru and managed to get fantastic images of each of them !
Last but not least thank you to our hosts Marianne and Jason Thomas, the set guys, and James for the excellent BTS pictures seen below.