I just arrived from Bonaire and needed to refresh my creativity and do something different. Merpaloza was going on the following weekend in Tampa and I really wanted to mingle with Mermaids. One of the tail tailors contacted me to participate as the part of the team of photographers. The last day of the convention the mermaids moved away from the city looking for a water and a shooting location while I was working my way up to meet them. It took real careful planning to sycronize the timing for me to get there just before sunset. The girlz got access to a private property by the Rainbow River and jumped in the water to check it out. The current was ripping. Inmediately the got on the phone and called me to move the location. A local couple suggested another spot and facilitated a private parking pass and organized for all of us the get into a park along Rainbow River. The water was semi-clear but the current was running sideways pushing my strobes and their tales out of position. We got nothing to show that day but we all went out to dinner: Jane and her husband, the lovely couple,
The mermaids, one dad and me. We had a good laugh, exchanged contact information and we schedule a visit to see them during the winter. The next day we moved up slowly from spring to spring and went for some check out swims. The water was turquoise clear and cold and refreshing 72 degrees. We played with the sunrays, the shadows of the trees and silhouettes. Trish took Monday off from work to join us and her boyfriend joined us and I gave him one of my cameras to be in charge of the land photography. Lance, an old friend of mine drove from Jacksonville and had our super cool camground going before we showed up: We got 2 tents, one of them for 10 people with 2 rooms and AC, inflatable beds, extra pillows and fluffy blankets, paddle boards, fishing poles, lanterns, burning wood, table, chais, hammocks, cooking supplies…the camgrapund is one of the most expensive ones in the planet: 20 bucks a night per person but definitely worth it: We got drinkable tap water at the site and the most delicious water I ever had, hot showers, clean bathrooms, Wi-Fi at the ranger station. The park sprays the
campsites in the am for mosquitoes and we were surrounded by wonderful wildlife. The South Florida Springs are still one of my favorite locations in the world and no watter how many places I have the opportunity to travel to..I always try to make it back there and find a new magical place…It never fails. No mater the mood above or below the water surface it always amazes me.
The second day we found a special spot I have been looking for the last few visits; Wednesday we did yoga and breathhold exercises and shot some video, and the last day we spend some time with kids and families that were definetey having a kick hanging out with a mermaid and touching her tale to check if it was real. I really enjoyed when they recognized me as the “Mermaid Photographer” it was real cute and an unforgettable experience. We had an unreal time and I can’t wait to go back and continue exploring…as always I will continue uploading the final images to my website, please don't forget to check it out often http://http://www.immersion-photography.net/f165786711
and please stay tuned for more “Behind the scenes”. Thanx for reading.
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