For me, this journey of discovering a passion for water photography began July 2012.
Our family was spending the day at the lake. After swimming to a dock out in the lake my husband started throwing my oldest son into the water from the dock. It was in that moment I captured, to this day, one of my all-time favorite images. The feeling I get from that one image probably stems for my love of swimming as a child, but for whatever reason that feeling left me wanted more of these images.
I started shooting more and more near the water. I was drawn to the lake, pools, the ocean, the shower and even the bathtub. For some shots I would have my camera and lens so close to the water my hands were dipped in (with a sideways glance from my husband).
Ideas started forming around exploring underwater photography. I knew I wanted to get my camera in the water. Before investing in underwater housing, I wanted to get a feel for what to expect underwater. I tried placing my backup camera in a simple plastic bag, the DiCapac. Now these are not guaranteed for underwater so this was a huge risk having my gear in this bag which is essentially just a heavy duty ziplock. As I suspected, I loved what I captured right away. So I did it, made the decision to invest in underwater housing. Not an easy decision to make with the outdoor swimming season in Canada being so short; I hoped it was worth it.
Photographing underwater now allows me to capture my boys in a whole different way. When in the water everything feels different, sights, sounds and movement are all different. The ever changing light and water movement makes each image unique. Probably my biggest motivation is having ideas when you get in the water but not always knowing what the results will be. I look forward to each dip.
Do you have a new idea brewing or a passion you want to pursue? Don’t be afraid to take the “plunge” (heehee), and try something new. Experiment with your photography, I promise you will be glad you did!
Ardelle Neubert, Calgary
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Ardelle Neubert lives in Calgary, AB, Canada with her husband and two crazy busy boys. She is the photographer behind LifeFlicks Photography, inspired by capturing the real life moments of love, laughter and personalities of families and children. Her gear consists of a Canon 5d Mark III, and an assortment of prime lenses.