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A photographer that I’ve been admiring the work of for some time now is Russian Born Underwater Photographer Elena Kalis. I first came across her playful (yet mesmerising) Alice in Wonderland series after someone featured it on Google+.
Since then I’ve followed Elena on Google+ and have loved the imagery that she takes and have long wanted to feature some of it here on dPS and to interview her.
Elena agreed to a quick interview this week and to allow us to show some of her beautiful shots below.
I live in The Bahamas, on a small island, surrounded by pristine clear ocean.
Lot of my time is spent in the water, and some of it with camera.
I like how different things and people look underwater, movements are graceful and free and it has a dreamlike quality that is difficult to achieve on land.
I shoot with Canon 5D Mark II, 24,28,50mm Canon lens with red underwater color correction filter. I use snorkel, scuba and compressor as well.
Most of my shooting happens on sunny days and near the surface so I don’t use strobes.
Sola lights and reflectors gives extra light when needed.
The underwater “studio” is much more difficult to control.
Of course clear water and right equipments are important.
Also I am working with people and it’s not easy to find models who are graceful and relaxed underwater. It’s a gift only few people have.
Shooting in the ocean is much more difficult then in the pool but I prefer it any time.
But sometimes I would use a pool, when weather conditions are not cooperating or I have to fix the props for an image that are not possible in the ocean.
All my images have been post-processed in Photoshop. It depends on the image how much. Some are just slight color adjustments and some has more work done to it.
Both. I usually plan as what I want to achieve but it’s always a surprise what you will get in the end of the day. It’s unpredictable and exciting.
It’s important to find clear water and to be prepared to spend a lot of time in it. Experiment and have fun!
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