Documenting Life in Water
To be perfectly honest, since I began this semi-extreme journey into the deep, it’s been a trying one. Underwater photography has a way of reminding you to embrace the imperfections of this universe - and if you are the type of artist who finds their self on the perfectionist side of photography you may find that shooting underwater is no easy feat. From clarity and sharpness, to directions of angles and leading lines being warped, then factor in the major difference in colors and tones you aren’t really planning for - it’s intense and the drive of wanting perfection in my personal work has never been tested harder.
Above I have posted the first image that I took that made me want to keep shooting underwater photography. Something about this image made everything I had dealt with that first day, that very first time worth it and I think I came home with almost 350 images of waves, squiggly lines and pretty much a card full of nothing - and then there was this. All the struggles of fumbling with new gear, trying to figure out the right settings for shooting underwater and dealing with bag buoyancy, and also finding the perfect spaces for me and my kiddos to feel comfortable enough to move around and shoot in that were more wide open then filled with distractions. In this course, I hope to give you a little bit of insight to underwater photography. Whether you are new to the idea of shooting in the deep or have already begun your journey in underwater photography - I hope you find this class inspiring.
Chelsea Cronkrite, of Bird + Bear Photography, is a documentary and lifestyle photographer based out of North Carolina. She is the mother to two beautiful, forest fairies and a red nosed, pitbull pup named Miller – she is also the wife to an electrician and the runner of her mountain top mini-farm. Aside from photographing and tending to the farm, Chelsea is an artist of her own kind – she enjoys singing and dancing, documenting her family travels to their hunting camp located in Georgia, creating all things crafty as well as drawing on chalkboards for local restaurants and small businesses. Chelsea’s favorite things include slowing down and spending time with her family, eating large amounts of pizza, taking pictures of all things nature, and drinking coffee at any time of the day while binge watching her favorite shows and movies. Chelsea is a contributing artist to Offset, DepositPhotos, Cavan Images, and has had work featured on blogs such as Looks Like Film.