The Diving Belle

Spending the early part of my career in Florida, I had the opportunity to do a variety of underwater photography work thanks to the abundance of water-related activities. It’s a unique look, for sure, and you get to show viewers a perspective they otherwise wouldn’t see, which is something every photojournalist strives to do.

I recently started a project covering Tufts’ only male diver, who is the defending NCAA Division III National Champion, as he goes through this season (photos to come!). Not content to shoot just his dives, I fired off a bunch of frames of the women’s divers, as well.

Competing with air bubbles, some divers’ tendencies to rise through their wake, while treading water with a camera in your hands — It’s a tricky thing, shooting underwater. I used an Ewa Marine Bag, which is mildly cumbersome on its best day, opting to stay mainly on the surface, a few inches under. But despite the challenges and frustrations, when you pull off something you’re happy with, it’s a good feeling.

Here’s a few shots of Ali Maykranz, a senior on the diving team, who was kind enough to rise around her air bubbles to make a few interesting pictures.

01/29/2013- Cambridge, Mass. -  Diver Ali Maykranz, A13, returns to the surface after diving during practice at MIT on Jan. 29, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/29/2013- Cambridge, Mass. -  Diver Ali Maykranz, A13, returns to the surface after diving during practice at MIT on Jan. 29, 2013. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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