3rd Place Pool-Conceptual Ocean Art 2015 Dennis Vandermeersch

3rd Place, Pool-Conceptual

Dennis Vandermeersch

"The Dancing Manatees"



Dennis won a gift certificate from Bluewater!


The story:  I came up with the idea of that shot in Florida, where I was swimming with these gentle creatures.  They were in mating behaviour so it looked like a dance.  The shot is an artistic composite of quite a few shots. The cave itself is actually also a composite of multiple shots of an ocean animal. Can you guess it? Then I've created a mermaid world by adding some shots of a monument I shot on previous holidays. It took many hours putting it al together, but I ended up with the mermaids kingdom.  The photoshop part was quite a challenge but it was a good learning experience. After all, trying new things is a part of photography.

On to the manatees themselves. I needed them in a hugging position. That was the easy part, since they just needed some bubbles to create the illusion of dancing. For dancing one needs music, so I added the mermaid model playing music. The model is Lies Hendrix from Belgium. She was shot underwater with a guitar with weights in the guitar to keep it down.

Location:  This picture is quite international with pictures shot in Florida, Belgium, Abu Dhabi...  But imagination shouldn't know any borders or boundaries. Let it run free!  I hope you enjoy the Dancing Manatees.

Camera:  Nikon D300 in Sealux housing, Nikon D810 in Nauticam housing, Tamron 90mm macro, Nikon 10.5mm fisheye, Sigma 17-70mm, Nikon 16-35mm, Housed Nikon sb800, Housed Nikon sb900




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