Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
This is a great opportunity to get a truly unique portrait taken of your children in the pure joy and freedom of water. These portraits will be a family treasure and admired by everyone. In addition to a traditional image of your children underwater with a blue background, colorful backdrops and props will be used to add a bit of artistic flair. Feel free to bring in a costume for your child to pose in. There will also be some props available the day of the shoot that you may use.
Underwater Photo Sessions: Sessions will be 15 minutes and will be shared between two families. Each family will have a minimum of three different sittings and the photographer will rotate between families in order to allow the children to rest in between and get ready for the next pose. If a family will have more than 4 members that will be in the photo, it is recommended that they book both spaces in the session to increase the quality of both individual and family shots. Families should plan to be there and ready to get in the pool at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled session time. Parents are required to be in the pool even if they are not planning to be in the picture to help the child prepare for the each sitting.
Session images will be uploaded 5-10 days after the shoot to the All Wet Portraits’ password protected secure website for viewing. The session fee covers only the ‘sitting fee’ and photographers time, but you will have the opportunity to purchase both printed and digital images online from the site. Product price lists are available at AquaSafe. For more information about All Wet Portraits, to view their portfolio or to learn more about the products offered, visit their website at www.allwetportraits.com.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
It was reported by several sources in Scottsdale last night that they saw Batman swimming in their pool. It was also reported that there is a new skateboarding super hero that Batman has partnered with that only goes by the name of Noah-Hawk. This crime fighting duo seem to defy gravity and possess many super powers. The following images were captured by professional underwater photographer Ron Watkins of All Wet Portraits who was called to the scene for a supposed 5 and 6 year old boys underwater photo shoot. "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Batman jump into the pool", Ron told reporters, "and Batman seemed to have picked up some of Aquaman's super powers because he could hold his breath forever." Seconds before the Batman sighting, a young Alex was nearby, but all he kept saying was, "I am Batman! I am Batman!". Although there is a striking resemblance, that claim could not be confirmed at the time of this press release.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
On Day two we had a Tiger shark show up, but he mostly swam around the perimeter of divers, so although we could all marvel at the site, it was difficult for pictures. Towards the end of the day, I was on the sandy bottom photographing the 6-7' lemon shark when the 10'+ Tiger shark came towards me for a closer look. He swam directly at me and then after getting within 3' of me broke off to the side of me and swam overhead. What a thrill and then he did it again. Although our trip was billed as a "tiger shark" trip, this lone shark turned out to be the only close encounter I had the whole week and I was fortunate to get some pictures of him. We did see a few others and one at night while snorkeling at night which was a little scary.
"We are going to need a bigger boat!"
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Remember a couple of years ago when the media declared it the summer of the shark because a few people were bitten in Florida. We humans are the ones that the sharks should really worry about, not the other way around. Anyways, just a quick post from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Will post more later about this trip, but had to get these whale shark images out because they are the first ones I have every shot. A truly religious experience diving with these gentle giants. The shark was about 18’ long and one of the images has a person in it so you can see the perspective. They are fast swimmers and it was all I could do to keep up with it for a minute or two. We have had some great time in the water and I have photographed some incredible subjects from the cenotes (underground fresh water caves), three species of turtles and countless other marine life. Playa Del Carmen, Holbox and Cozumel have been great and we have had good weather. Today we saw a very rare batfish. Our dive master has only seen three in all of his years of diving. More to come later on my summer of the shark...
Monday, June 15, 2009
At the end of the week, each photographer is asked to enter their top images taken at the event for a “friendly” contest. This year there was well over $10,000 in prizes up for grabs including trips to exotic locations, photography equipment and gift certificates.
The top honor at this event is the Jim Watt Award of Excellence for the Best of Show. Jim was one of the earliest professional underwater photographers to adopt digital cameras and was always there to share his passion and tips to new photographers.
This year, I was honored to be presented the Jim Watt Award for my image of a 18” needlefish on the surface. I spent two afternoons stalking the needlefish which are only inches below the water’s surface waiting to launch a surprise attack on unsuspecting schools of minnows. I used both a 12-24mm lens and a 10.5mm fisheye lens to capture the images on my housed Nikon D300 camera. The winning image was taken with the fisheye lens at 1/250th of a second shutter speed and an aperture of F-11. These are fast moving fish and shooting in such shallow waters can be difficult. Because it is such a reflective subject, strobe positioning and power settings were also key to the shot.
Three other images I submitted also placed in different categories as well. All of the winning contest images may be seen at http://www.thedigitalshootout.com/bonaire2009.
Make sure you also watch the First Place video. It is hilarious and I actually make a couple of cameos in it.
Macro Unrestricted - Honorable Mention
To learn more about the Sonoran Arts League, visit their website.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
8th Annual Sonoran Festival of Fine Art
April 3 - 5, 10AM - 5PM daily
Carefree Town Center
More Information: http://www.sonoranartsleague.org/
Come out and enjoy the great weather, exquisite art and charming streets of downtown Carefree. The Sonoran Arts League hosts the Event at Carefree Town Center Festival, featuring 100 local and nationally-acclaimed artists, food booths, entertainment, and exhibits dedicated to wildlife and desert preservation. In addition, Carefree Farmer's Market will take place in conjunction with the Festival in the Carefree Town Center Amphitheater. The easiest way to get there is to head North on Scottsdale Road (Which turns into Tom Darlington) to the town of Carefree and follow the signs. The Festival is located at the sundial in the center of town on Easy Street which is just south of the Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Rd. intersection. We hope to see you there.
"RAJA AMPAT TURTLE"