Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tales From South Florida - Pt 1

 What an interesting week.  I'm helping to document a series of luxury retirement resorts in the Boca Raton/ Ft Lauderdale area.  Forget what you know about sad nursing homes where people sit around waiting to die.  These are gorgeous high-end condos where people are having a great time and the staff takes care of every need and whim.

Still, I can't begin to describe the hilarious situations that I found myself in after spending a week with these folks.  There seems to be something that happens to people when they hit 82 years old.  Apparently they lose that filter in their brains that keeps them from saying inappropriate things.  I have some crazy stories that I might share with you (but only after you buy me a couple of drinks.)

One of the photographs we had planned was of a resident enjoying a nice swim.  This required us to find a underwater housing unit.  So just days after buying my new camera I was faced with the prospect of having to go underwater with it.  There is a high degree of 'user error' when it comes to these units and I was afraid that we'd screw it up somehow and I would have a soggy, dead paperweight that looks just like a 5D Mark II.

So after practicing for a couple hours with the thing, there came the moment of truth when we simply had to test it out.  At 11:00 at night I marched down to the hotel pool with Kristen (the stylist for the project) determined to give my new camera a quick dunk.  I was shocked to discover that it was harder to do than I thought!  There was something in me that knew I was holding a LOT of expensive camera equipment in my hand and I simply couldn't make my hand put it in the water.  After about 5 minutes of nervously goofing around, it finally make the plunge:

The device was difficult to use.  There are knobs, dials, and plungers that all connect with the buttons on the camera locked inside.  Of course many of them are not labeled and not in the location you would expect them to be.  It took me hours of practice before I felt comfortable using the thing, and even then there was a number of wasted shots.  But when it all came together it was wonderful.  I'll post more photos of the underwater experiment tomorrow. 

By the way- that is my first Youtube video ever.  I'm sure there will be many more to come.

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