Those who know me are familiar with the fact that my favorite scuba diving destination are Cayman Islands. I’ve been writing about this underwater photography paradise in many interviews and magazine stories and it is hard to tell anything that I haven’t already mention before. Any visit to this magical island creates long lasting special impression therefore, photographs tell far more interesting story than words.
As in few previous years my travel to Cayman Islands is related to “Digital Madness” workshop organized by my friend Alex Mustard. If we add to that Clear water, unique coral reefs, living underwater world, a world’s famous “Stingray City” and shipwreck “Kittiwake”, “School of Silverside fish”, caves, and many more, it makes this place truly unique in the world.
My plan for this year was same as almost every year to spend whole 15 days in this magical place with the primary aims: scuba diving and underwater photography. Daily plan has always been to make 3 or 4 dives, and the final result of all this were incredible photos at the end of each day. Through diving and taking photos with Alex for years, I’ve learned that simple inspiration and creativity are very strong segments of every trip.
If you are 24 hours a day dedicated to the underwater photography, then you have just enough time for completely new things and techniques, which in my case was indeed a priority. When you have enough time to try all you want under water, then the results in the end are guaranteed. For me working out and practicing new techniques was a priority during this trip because that is only way to go forward with specific photography challenges. Underwater techniques are harder and different and definitely you need much more time for practicing, discovery and developing new skills.
With me there was one of my great friends Milan Jovanovic who is also my frequent companion on most dives that I make in a year. Moreover, he’s one of my main underwater model for many years back. He understands all of my thoughts for a particular position during the modeling and he is completely fulfilling my wishes for the best photo. Sometimes the communication between underwater photographers and models is very difficult and demanding segment, so the common scuba diving and long experience are of great importance.
I literally could not choose a favorite dive because all of them were perfect. A variety of unique situations were followed one after the other, and thus the photos I worked for days. If you have in your mind a photo before you create it, it’s already half way to the goal and in my case it is often like that, because I’m thinking a lot on the subject, and often dream images that I intend to create. At the end when you get what you want with photos then you get it in the true sense that you really had a dream came true.
When you look up all the dives in those 15 days in Cayman Islands it is very difficult to choose the best photo or the best dive spot. Every location that I was diving on has its own charm and its wildlife that seems incredible, and plus it looks more mysterious and challenging looking through my camera.
For my previous stories from Cayman Islands you can visit next links:
FAVORITE SCUBA DIVING PLACE – GRAND CAYMAN / CAYMAN ISLANDS
DIGITAL MADNESS WITH DR ALEX MUSTARD / CAYMAN ISLANDS
UNDERWATER DURING AN EARTHQUAKE IN GRAND CAYMAN