picture of the week: William no fins

28th February 2014

Shot this image of our champ William Trubridge last month, but messed up a little, had the setting wrong and it underexposed quite a lot. Couldn’t really make the series work, until i finally made the switch to Lightroom, and what a joy that program is. It was still a very tricky edit, but i watched the image come alive today:

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William Trubridge training in Dean’s Blue Hole

7th February 2014

William Trubridge no fins

William Trubridge holds the world record for diving without fins. The other day he was training in Dean’s Blue Hole, and there was something about the combination of really good visibility, lovely light and his immaculate technique that made me forego my training and film him instead -once again affirming i’m more cameraman than freediver. I didn’t have any ideas on what to do with the footage until i stumbled upon this hypnotic music by Nils Frahm; listening to it, i immediately visualized William’s footage.

It’s rare for new footage and new music to find each other in my mind so quickly after each other. Usually, i either already know the tune i want and sort of shoot to that, or i look at the footage and realize the tune i’d like with it. New tunes come to me much later, sometimes months after i’ve gotten the material. This tune came my way literally the day after i shot the footage. I often feel very lucky in this place -how could i not, it’s paradise- but at times it feels like it’s almost more than luck. It feels serendipitous. This is one of my more serendipitous movies.

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a beautiful day in the neighborhood

11th January 2014

It was indeed a beaut. It started with so much rain that it was actually dryer underneath the platform than above it

IMG_9192 platform in rain

 

i’ve always been a sucker for rain on the surface of water

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but as hard as it fell, so soon it disappeared, to be replaced by that delicious Bahamian sun

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so that our Venezuelan champ Karla could finally meet the resident tarpons in the right conditions

IMG_9340 karla tarpon

 

and i finally met Sport Illustrated swimsuit model Alicia Hall, who was kind enough to play a little and make this photo with me

IMG_9254 alicia turns

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