I recently went on a family trip to Grand Turks and scuba dived with my precious LOMO LC-A+. Just when I thought the underwater world couldnt get better, the LC-A+ and the trusty Krab pull me in and gave me some very nice surprises!
My mom hates anything scary. Last time we went on a family holiday, my dad, brother, and I went scuba diving in Cuba and she did a serious half hour of crying. So after that we tried to take turns doing anything fun so she wouldn’t be all alone.
When i got my LC-A+ and bought it bundled together with the Krab and the Instant Back I knew (well, I thought) that the oportunities to use it would be slim, but well worth it. So then a couple of months later we were on our way to a cruise through the Caribbean and I knew this was my chance to scare my mom, and mix two of my favorite things: scuba diving and photography.
So there we were, my dad and I in the island of Grand Turks ready to go deep down.
I bought some iso800 film to make sure i got exposure, but with the crystal clear water, the red light didn’t dare to flash once. I cannot describe the experience of being underwater, of feeling like a big fish. Weightless, mute, and anonymous. Nothing else mattered, nothing else made a sound but the bubbles of air swimming afloat. I was there, and i had my camera to prove it.
I decided to set the focal distance to 1.5, something i will change the next time: i realized that the bigger the object in frame, the more interesting the picture, so by setting it to 0.8 i would be able to get closer.
So then my favorite shots turned out to be those of my dad, and some submarine plants. Maybe next time i will go diving where big fish await. Maybe next time i will put some red scale film to see what happens. The underwater world is fantastic, and i never thought it could be better, until i went analog. Oh my poor mother…