A quick and easy way to take pictures underwater with your Diana F+, with just a plastic bag, some rubber-bands, and maybe some duct tape.
Let me start by saying that underwater photography is one of my favorite things. This music video for a song by Little Wings, is pretty much the coolest thing ever.
My goal was to accomplish a similar effect with my Diana F+, and since there’s not really an underwater housing for the camera, the plastic-bag technique seemed like a quick-and-easy solution. The nice thing about the Diana is without the flash there are no electronics in the camera, so you don’t have to worry about corroding batteries. I used one of the bags with a zipper-pull, to make sure I got a good seal on the closure. Then, I duct taped the edges of the bag, to make sure the seams were (mostly) water-tight, and to tape-down the excess bag. Lastly, to make sure the bag was flush against the lens, I used rubber-bands around the lens to make sure it was snug. Here’s what it looked like:
…And here are the results!
The photos above are from two different attempts. I used Fuji Provia E6 film, and cross-processed it to get the turquoise color. The focus was at 1-2 meters, and on the “N” shutter speed. Overall, the plastic bag offset the focus a little. Like the ninth Golden Rule states: You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film… afterwards either.