Much ado about nothing

by Monika October. 23, 2008 4680 views

Do you know that feeling when you have a plan and it turnes out to be a disaster? Early september I`ve got the great wish to get some shots of a resident wels in the river of Rhein at Rheinau, CH.
1. Preparing, packing and driving there 2 hrs
2. Finding a parking place 30min
3. Carrying about 60 kg of diving and photo equipment about 500m down to the river 30 min (had to turn a few times)
4. Preparing gear and putting on equipment 1 hr (only to get into my dry suit – a horrible thing - requires about a half an hour)
5. Set up camera, get in water, buddy check 30min –
The half afternoon has already passed and we are still not underwater :(
6. Finally diving! about 40 min, not longer, because my drysuite – which as its name says supposed to stay dry inside – is full of water, leaked trough the neck sealing, a pretty unconfortable feeling which I wont describe…
The result: ok, we have found the wels but hiding deep under a rock, so I could get just a bad shot of its moustache, about a meter visibility – more than bad -, unexpected strong current, wrong white balance setting – the only feature I cannot control through the housing of course -, a bitten off mouthpiece of my regulator, so I was drinking water the whole time… a disaster.
But at last, my son has saved my day… he has recognized his mom coming back to him underwater and I could make the only shot that was worth to keep and share…

still full of hopes with Bea, my dive buddy, a very talented underwater photographer and goldsmith (she creates jewelry based on her underwater macro photos)

my sweetheart wishes me good luck

Peter, Mr England, one of my best friends, a fanatic divecenter owner

hope Jamie will join me soon… he is already practicing

here still happy…

after the disaster dive :(

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Vterezia 12 years, 11 months ago

a 8-as kép megható ::.......

12 years, 11 months ago Edited
Christine 12 years, 11 months ago

For us it is all worth it. Lovely shot of your son, I agree.

12 years, 11 months ago Edited
Stormfish 12 years, 11 months ago

i, contrary to you, absolutely enjoyed seeing and reading this reportage.

glad to see you're back under water every now and then... even if it's in a leaking dry suit.

12 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jacki 12 years, 11 months ago

The photo of Jamie will be worth it to you when the memory of the rest goes away!

12 years, 11 months ago Edited
Hermans 12 years, 11 months ago

It was worth it!! #8 is amazing!

12 years, 11 months ago Edited
Tim 12 years, 11 months ago

was just one day,,, don´t we all have them sometimes¿?

12 years, 11 months ago Edited
Timea Nogradi 12 years, 12 months ago

hat a 8ast a kedvenceimhez kellett adni))) annyira de annyira edes ahogy varja, hogy felgyere!

12 years, 12 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 12 years, 12 months ago

Beautifully written with a story that stays with me.

12 years, 12 months ago Edited
Tonya 12 years, 12 months ago

Great story and I love the photos! It looks like fun, even if it is hard work!

12 years, 12 months ago Edited
Chris 12 years, 12 months ago

#8 is brilliant !!

12 years, 12 months ago Edited
Pete 12 years, 12 months ago

It was worth it.
not something you will get everyday
Love it

12 years, 12 months ago Edited
Mario Jean 12 years, 12 months ago

Well if only for that beautiful shot, Monika, I believe it was worth the price.
I truly love that shot.

12 years, 12 months ago Edited