Card Sharks – The Making of

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.

Stephen, a certified scuba instructor, holds class poolside to go over the details of breathing from a regulator underwater

Stephen, a certified scuba instructor, holds class poolside to go over the details of breathing from a regulator underwater

That's a picture of me and a small portion of the equipment used in this shoot

That’s a picture of me and a small portion of the equipment used in this shoot

Brian, Wesley, Andy, and myself are sinking and suspending clothing that is visible in the final image

Brian, Wesley, Andy, and myself are sinking and suspending clothing that is visible in the final image

The models and their outfits, what little they did wear.

The models and their outfits, what little they did wear.

Stephen and myself going over underwater communication during the shoot

Stephen and myself going over underwater communication during the shoot

Just a cool BTS shot
Just a cool BTS shot

Taylor getting ready for Scuba practice

Taylor getting ready for Scuba practice

Laura's turn

Laura’s turn

Ami trying to stay warm (did I mention it was very cold and rainy that day?)

Ami trying to stay warm (did I mention it was very cold and rainy that day?)

Brandy gathering up the clothes that have already been shot underewater

Brandy gathering up the clothes that have already been shot underewater

Another practice shot of Laura

Another practice shot of Laura

The set as seen from above

The set as seen from above

There I am taking shots of the set

There I am taking shots of the set

ONE DOWN!

ONE DOWN!

Taylor getting some words of encouragement from Kinsey

Taylor getting some words of encouragement from Kinsey

Time for a smoke break

Time for a smoke break

Ami's practice

Ami’s practice

Halfway done.  This is what I looked like when I realized that we just might pull this off.

Halfway done. This is what I looked like when I realized that we just might pull this off.

yea,  umm, hell no.

yea, umm, hell no.

Full view of me shooting Ami, you can see where Stephen was for regulator hand back and safety

Full view of me shooting Ami, you can see where Stephen was for regulator hand back and safety

Ami getting escorted back to the surface
Ami getting escorted back to the surface

Brandy's turn

Brandy’s turn

 

Water came out of her entire face!  lol

Water came out of her entire face! lol

 

Group shot

Group shot

Final Image

Final Image

 

 

 

 

August 26th, 2013|4 Comments

Underwater Shoot with Laura Haley Potts

 

For those who want to view the entire gallery of Laura’s underwater pics, here they are.

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August 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Brandy’s First Publication

Brandy's first publication!

Brandy’s first publication!

I just ordered a couple copies of Brandy Witte Anderson’s first publication.!   You get a free digital copy when you do so I took a screenshot.  She has five pages in the magazine and the article about her is a nice read.  If you want your own print version the FLIPIC link is http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/593167

 

 

 

July 3rd, 2013|0 Comments