Over the past couple years we've all seen Benjamin Von Wong rise to the occasion time and time again with shoot after epic shoot. This time is no different, when he heads back underwater (this time in the untamed wild ocean of Bali) to attempt a shoot surrounded by a coral-covered shipwreck. In Von Wong's words, "everything is more complicated underwater."
This is the first of two videos he'll be releasing, this one focused on planning and the stuff you have to consider when doing something like this.
Von Wong describes all the things to keep in mind when you're planning to shoot underwater:
- Normal models wouldn’t work unless they had extensive dive training and even then, they wouldn’t have the ability to hold their breaths for very long, especially at depth so Free Divers were going to be required.
- Normal clothes couldn’t be rented since the sea water would wreck them, so we had to find a designer willing to part with the clothing they’d lend us.
- Normal assistants wouldn’t work, specially trained safety divers were going to be necessary to ensure a smooth photoshoot.
- Scouting would be complicated – local divers would be necessary for us to navigate around the wreck and deal with unpredictable changes in the weather and tide.
- Lighting and gear would be limited – shooting underwater meant that we had to work with what we had available: on camera strobes or natural light.
To see his full rundown, head over to his blog. He goes into much greater detail there.
What do you think? Something you would try?
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