Most shoots contain a number of surprises and unexpected moments. There’s often a sense of spontaneity and humor, and a little faux pas here or there – which just makes you more the wiser. Our Westend61 photographer Bernados can relate to that, especially after a miserable incident involving one of the classical elements which fish, clams & coral usually call home.
Bernd, the camera in this image looks deceptively real. How did you manage that?
Those who feel photography nowadays is all about illusions with Photoshop tricks or a funky image composition might feel a bit let down. For the shot “Diver Inspects Camera Body”, I placed a real, but not working SLR camera in a basin of water – the rest of the elements I added to the image afterwards.
Hours later, as I was removing the model number and logo of the camera’s manufacturer, I realized to my horror that this was a different camera. Instead of putting the broken camera into the water, I’d let my brand new SLR camera take a swim! I hadn’t dismantled the set yet, so unfortunately the water had enough time to infiltrate every nook and cranny of the camera.
Luckily, Westend61 took on the image, otherwise I don’t think I would have ever forgiven myself. The image hasn’t yet brought in the sum of the damages resulting from my unfortunate switcharoo – but you know, I’m not giving up hope just yet.