As my username scubagal may have alluded, I am a certified open water scuba diver. I also volunteer my time with an organization called Project Aware, which for one thing, tries to clean the bottom of the ocean from human debris. So, when I purchased my GoPro Hero Black, I couldn’t wait to try it out! What I discovered, was a bit surprising, not just from the GoPro Hero4 Black, but also from photographing underwater.
Choosing the Right Mounting Accessory
Getting your buoyancy right when scuba diving and photographing coral is challenging because you don’t want to damage the aquatic life. So, I knew right from the start, that I needed some kind of mount to help me stabilize the camera and free me up to keep my buoyancy right. I quickly discovered that for kicking around on the beach, or for above water activities, the GoPro Head Strap Mount really works well. But for diving, it was never going to work. You simply cannot have goggles and a camera mount on your head at the same time. As you can see from this featured article photo, I don’t have that much space on my head!
A funny thing, isn’t? Do you find it hard admitting that you, as a photographer, are just in love with taking pictures with your camera phone? I think the term is, iPhoneographer, at least for those of us who are iPhone users. Much to the dismay of regular photographers, we do have a name.
I just love my iPhone! I am not promoting Apple products, nor am I on their pay roster (but maybe I should be), I simply just love my iPhone.
It is hard to believe, but I met James back when I was about 13 years old. He was dating my bestest friend, Elyse, and we would often all hang out. James would sometimes ride my friend on the back of his motorcycle. Even back then, he radiated coolness.
It turns out that his film, Jingle Dress, just had its premier at the Aboriginal Education Centre, in Toronto, Canada. This incredible film from Veritus Pictures, will be one worth seeing!
I must start by saying that I am as surprised at writing this article, as you, my friends and family, are at reading it. Who would have thought that this secret and quiet passion of mine would amount to anything, let alone, THIS? Thousands of photos later, I am choosing the ones that changed my life, to share with you my journey that brought me here.
I remember clearly posting this picture. It was my first Instagram shot. I had been staring, so transfixed in the moment, blue ripples hypnotizing me. It was during this time that I needed creative release more than I ever did. We all have those moments, for sure, and with the uniqueness that makes us human, we all express them differently.