Thursday, March 09, 2006

Sydney and swimming.

Bronte Beach tide pool.
Icebergs pool, the waves crash directly into the pool! The lane closest to the sea is the most fun, and it's full of seaweed and crabs!
Clovelley Inlet Swimmer Diving in

Swim at your own risk! Clovelley inlet, I went in but via the beach, it was pretty hairy!
Bondi Roughwater open sea swim, looked like a lot of fun.
Roughwater swimmers enter the sea.

Roughwater swimmers at the end of the race.

Gilly, my other brother-in-law, finished in 35 minutes and 20 seconds!

Parseley Bay with Joni

So somewhat inspired by Martine and by the warm water in Parseley Bay I was able to take these shots of Joni.
Again these were shot with cheap Kodak film, and with a little manipulation in photoshop they came out fairly well. There was no strobe and I used a snorkel and fins to shoot them.

Photos inspired by Martine Emdur

Soon after I arrived in Sydney, I came across a catalog of an artirst called Martine Emdur, whom I unfortunately did not get to see, but her artwork as the exhibition was over, however they were very inspiring to me, they are oils of people swimming, some underwater, in what looks like a green dreamy nature pool or cenote. I found these images on the web at the galleries website.

Results from the first Shoot

So here are some of the images from the shoot I did with the help of my brother-in-law Baruch in the basement pool of my brother Sean's apartment in Sydney, what must be almost two months ago. I rented a scuba tank from Bondi Dive center for AUS$ 70 for a day and Baruch arrived at 2 that afternoon. We spent about an hour going over the preparation of the Nikonos V, mainly checking O-rings for leaks and discussing how we would do the shoot and possible distance adjustments for the focus, strobe and f stop. Baruch donned his blue and black 'stinger' lycra suit and we headed down to the pool. I only shot one roll of film and Baruch also took a few shots of me. The scuba gear was unyeildly and it would be preferable to have less gear! Also had the pool been deep enough, it would be difficult to shoot directly above as the regulator does not work well in that position! All in all the camera worked well, the strobe seems to have an effective distance of about 6 feet max! But that was fine as the 20mm lens enabled me to get a full body shot from about 4 feet away, the strobe is very powerful and seems to blow out the subject on the TTL setting, so in future I'll experiment with ISO setting adjustments and also try to use pro film. The film I used here was Kodak Gold 200.
Freestyle Kick from behind ( changed to b/w in photoshop )

Me enlarged from a 4000 dpi scan and as the strobe did not reach, made b/w as it would otherwise be very blue!
Baruch, breastroking, head to side, not sure why?
So here is me, in poor form as my head is looking at Baruch while he shoots, but ordinarily, I'd have my face pointing down and my neck in the correct alignment for freestyle.

Tumbleturn attempt number three!

So this was a good start I feel, camera and logistics starting to get ironed out.