Having decided that I cannot wait to photograph the Oktoberfest and accompanying parades for this project I had to come up with an alternative subject for a narrative essay. The solution was to create a set of images narrating a day diving during my recent holiday in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
The biggest challenge I found was that it was very difficult to photograph an activity that you yourself are participating in. Diving is a technical activity and requires careful preparation prior to going into the water. Balancing getting my kit together and getting an SLR in underwater housing onto a boat without damage, with taking photographs of the process was difficult. The final challenge is that salt water and electronics do not mix and a wet dive boat and wet photographer can terminate a photo session quite quickly. The lesson here is to either be the subject or the photographer, not both!
However, I persevered and have generated a set of images mixing above and below water photographs. All images were taken using a Canon EOS 40D, one maintained purely as an underwater camera. The above water images are taken with a 15-85mm or 70-200mm zoom, all of the underwater shots are taken with a 10-22mm zoom. On this trip most of the underwater wildlifewas macro sized and so I only took my wide angle zoom out on one day, limiting the number of shots I could take.
This was not a sequence that readily made for a mix of photo sizes, however, I made up the following composites of the pre-dive images and the "jump".
This is a small subset of around 5,000 photographs that I took on this trip, 3,500 of which were underwater. I will use a different set to work up the images for assignment 5. I also made up a 12x12" book of the complete travel and had it printed by Blurb. This combines about 300 images in a mixture of image sizes from 12x24 inches to 3 x 5. Perhaps this is the best Photo Narrative I can present at this time.