- Quem aí está ansioso para ver esse ensaio completo lá no site? 🙋😁🌊
Semana que vem ele estará lá, estamos a todo vapor 💪 #wonderful #jwbrasil #ensaioembaixodagua #ensaiofotografico #agua #piscina #casal #outex #tauaneschmittfotografia
- Just got home from 10 days in Florida and doing a quick edit on one of the manatee images I was able to catch on our amazing "Swim with the Manatees", with Birds Underwater in Crystal River, Florida.
This was a first for me and I could hardly breathe with my snorkel due to my excitement! Shooting underwater is something I've never done so I enlisted my photog buddy, Jessica Haydahl, to advise me. Last summer I purchased an Outex system to house my Nikon D810. After learning how to put it on correctly (thanks, Jess) I did the water test in the sink, with great success. I was ready.
We got to Crystal River, a long 3-hour drive from Lake Suzy. We were greeted by a friendly staff and were required to watch a 15-minute video on manatee etiquette. Soon we were off on the pontoon boat to Three Sisters Springs where the manatee sleep. We swam up the little inlets towards the spring and down again, looking for these gentle giants and they were nowhere to be found. Swimming proved to be difficult as we were not allowed to wear fins as these can injure and scare the manatee. The goal is to be as quiet in the water as possible and of course, you are NOT allowed to touch or harass the animals in any way. Back and forth we swam, up and down the inlet. Then all of a sudden, there they were...they seemed to appear out of nowhere, like mossy ghosts. I reached for my floating camera and....crapola, they were gone! With the current coming out of the springs, no fins and needing four hands (two for my camera and iPhone and two for swimming), it certainly was difficult shooting, to say the least! At one point, I had strangers reaching out and holding my legs so I could get a few shots off before floating off with the current potentially into the prohibited sanctuary areas they had roped off.
We were in the water about two hours and I have to say, it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I didn't get a great face shot, adhering to the strict rules of not chasing, but to swim with manatees was an adventure of a lifetime!
#outex #realoutex #manatee #swimwithmanatee #nikon #underwaterphotography #florida #crystalriver #heartfourbarohotography