Victor Antoine is a diver and instructor at Scuba St Lucia, the five-star PADI dive school at Anse Chastenet. He holds the distinction of having the most dives of any human on earth, over 27,000. It is estimated that he has spend almost 7 years underwater.
So how to photograph a man known as the ‘Human Submarine’? Probably by being as much in his element as one can be with a non-submersible camera. So we went into the water, John and Clint each holding a bare flash (wrapped in plastic…it’s OK to get the camera wet, but not the flashes, right?) aimed at Victor from behind at 135 degrees camera right and left and practically at sea level. This was shot at 1/3200th @ f/5.6. The aperture chosen to keep the depth of field reasonably shallow and the shutter speed way high to tame the harsh sunlight that was the ambient.
We were using an on camera flash as a commander with both flashes set to the same group as remotes. I kept the camera dry, Victor did the rest.
Later that week, John, Linda and I took the resort dive lessons from Victor. John had a P&S camera that was good down to 30 feet and here’s what a old guy from jersey looks like under the water: