Drift Divers

July 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

M/Y Cyclone in the Red Sea

This is the Red Sea.

A mecca for the diving enthusiast and, especially, for the underwater photographer (ref. awesome underwater photographer Suzy Walker).

I have just returned from a 2 week trip on a boat very much like in the image above. 18 underwater photographers and 1 street photographer. Me.

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I did actually find quite a bit to photograph whilst on board and I will show more photographs however, for the moment, here’s a couple of shots of divers getting wet.

Go Go GO!

Typically drift dives take place in currents of varying strengths. The boat does not usually moor up, so divers need to jump like penguins attempting to remain together in a group in the water.

Cameras are quite precious – add a zero to the price of your camera gear to take it under water – and the snap increase in pressure when jumping in is just too much for the fragile minds and wallets of these photographers.

So, the cameras are loaded onto a zodiac and the photographers swim to their boat, collect their gear and then submerge for the dive.

No number, no camera.

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