Hawaii Shoot Day Eleven: Underwater Photography, Triage & Trail Running

Four days of talent finished, Eleven days in Hawaii – today was interesting no matter how you define it. Whether it was the willingness of the photo crew to accept the dangers of underwater surf photography off the coast of Maui, or the constant cloudiness and rain showers we had to compete with, there was never a dull moment.

Today was the first day that Chris and the photo crew broke out the waterproof camera housing we rented from Hawaii Camera. It worked somewhat flawlessly – at least in the sense that we still have a perfectly functioning 5D mk II and not a hunk of plastic and metal filled with seawater.

Again, you can see the dedication of Matu, our producer, who gladly dove right into the ocean with Chris and the camera to make sure he got the shot he needed. I should take a moment here to extend some credit to Jeff, our assistant who managed to snap this photo from waist high water, and somehow return the point and shoot camera safely to shore without dunking it in the ocean (while sustaining some serious lava rock lacerations to his feet and legs).

Our first underwater shoot wasn’t without casualties. The unruly surf banged up Chris, Matu, and Jeff, creating our first major wounds of the shoot.

Luckily, Sky, our producer from Hana Productions had a full service med-kit, and the knowledge to clean and bandage up all of the cuts and bruises that Matu, Chris, and Jeff sustained.

The second half of the morning brought the crew to Hana Bay, where Chris photographed a ton of water activities, from traditional Hawaiian canoeing, to a much more modern alternative – stand up paddle surfing.

Chris and Shawn, one of our location producers, clearly hard at work in the waters of Hana bay.

After climbing out of the bay and drying off (the camera at least), Chris reviewed the morning’s shots and decided he was pleased with the results. It’s not every day that you’ve got to dive into a bay with an underwater camera housing and make great photos, but we certainly powered through and may have enjoyed every minute of it.

The afternoon brought cloudy skies, but still an opportunity to make great pictures. The crew trekked out the easement trail at Travaasa Hana to make some photos of our talent running and hiking.

More off-property shoots followed, all with the theme of fitness and wellness. Everyone in the photo crew was on-point and worked well, even if one of our main men, Jeff, was practically out of commission with a severely sprained or broken foot – he got tossed around against the lava rocks this morning protecting Chris from the surf. In the shot above he’s got his foot in a cooler full of ice, waiting for further instructions from the trauma unit of Hana Productions.

After the shots on the trails, we moved back onto the property of Travaasa Hana for our final shot. Matu, our producer, made the mistake of climbing onto one of the hammocks incorrectly and paid the price – getting flipped, and getting captured for some awesome behind the scenes content.

With an octabank boomed as far as it could go, and crew standing by, we finished the day at Travaasa Hana with a shot by the fire-pit (being stoked and tended to by Matu). Talent and crew alike had cold, delicious beverages in hand, making for a great wrap to an exhausting but productive day in Hawaii.

5 replies to “Hawaii Shoot Day Eleven: Underwater Photography, Triage & Trail Running”

  1. I feel somewhat responsible for your string of bad luck. While I was careful to not take any rocks from the island, I did come home with a ton of sand in my hair and ears. Undoubtedly, it was the curse.

  2. I am sure I have not done enough searching around… but where can I see some of the final images from your different blog post? Could you add a lick to them at the end of a post?

    well anyway I love your work and enjoy reading you blog. When I grow up I wanna be you 🙂


  3. Every time I dive with my underwater camera housing condensation forms on the inside of the housing, I’ve tried silica gel sachets but they do not help. Are there any other products I can try?

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