Archive for category Underwater Models
Married in December 1964, the above picture was the following month in 1965 while returning from the Australian Spear fishing Championships at Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Ron and Valerie returned via Mount Gambier near the South Australian and Victoria border to do the first truly professional underwater shots in the crystal clear fresh water. Ron mostly used color film in a 6x6cm Rolleiflex with wide angle lens – not the usual Rolleimarin housing. This print was made from an inter-negative taken from the color original by Ron in his home darkroom. Valerie often retouched the B&W prints using her skills acquired as a commercial artist on The Silver Jacket (adventure magazine for boys), this print appears to be as original. The fresh water in Picaninnie Ponds isn’t exactly ‘freezing’ but you have a headache after 90 seconds and three minutes might be maximum before common sense says ‘get out’. Here in her late twenties in this picture, Valerie shows enormous will-power that has seen her persist or endure discomforts associated with diving better than anyone else I can think of – either male or female. This picture is from a series first published in Everybody’s magazine that amazed Australian underwater photographers and also established Ron as the leader – a position he could still challenge without difficulty.
Valerie with Silky shark (1965) during filming of “Surf Scene” at Flinders Reef, Queensland
One of my favorite pictures of Valerie is this portrait from 1967 in one of the fresh water sink holes near Mt. Gambier, South Australia. Ron was making his documentary The Cave Divers. I used a Rolleiflex camera with flash fill. Valerie viewed the picture for the first time in July 2010.
From the documentary film Aquarius – People and Wildlife of the Sea.
Here’s a popular page from the original blog – it received more comments than any other subject. For more bird watching look in the folder category ”underwater models”.
Nadine Werner: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=0g9Xf6_w1mM
Nadine Werner on TV: http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=3xhMxteTn-I
Sabrina Asano http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=9HJE2Ge0ubQ
Features:**Nadine Werner** in first two listings, then Tokyo girl **Sabrina Asano** who does artistic movements UW and stunning blonde \\Mrs.Germany\\ **Elischeba Wilde.**
Note: The freediving wetsuit design worn by Nadine Werner.
Juanita Fenn and a very large stone fish at Amity Point, Queensland
John Fenn, a Gold Coast former commercial diver (whose specialty was welding) very proud father of Juanita.
Juanita’s ‘Uncle Des’ showed me a couple of letters written to him years ago by the infamous West Australian wreck hunter and some would say plunderer Allan Robinson of the Gilt Dragon Dutch shipwreck fame.
The letters were hilarious and would be a good read for everyone interested in shipwreck history. Not for their shipwreck content – more for describing life in the remote regions of the far north and the escapades of Alan’s adolescent son chasing local girls.
The Allan Robinson story seems to have been overlooked by documentary film producers. The would be two versions of course – one being what happens when a cocky person gets on the wrong side of authorities and especially the West Australian police.
His now rare self-published book titled In Australia TREASURE is not for the finder (Allan Robinson 1980)
The book has a curious copyright notice “Commonwealth of Australia” instead of the author’s name which would imply the commonwealth owns rights to the book.
Either a gross error or yet another example of Allan’s cheeky attitude.
Kathy was interviewed in the first edition of Fathom magazine. Her passion was working with dolphins. There is an interesting story potential involving her international travels and career with the sea.
An episode of a popular family TV series Skippy – The Bush Kangaroo was “The Marine Biologist” written especially for Kathy who was a marine biologist (CSIRO Dept. of Fisheries; Australian Museum) in real life.
The above picture was taken in Florida. More pictures at Kathy’s official web site.
A good tidal flow would feed necessary nutrients to the reef, and also the giant clam (located at the ocean entrance to the lagoon). **Christine Danaher** is the feature dive model in all SI pictures.
We took 16mm cameras to the Solomon Islands and recorded various things. Nothing became of the footage. It remains in tin cans awaiting some future project, hopefully.
**Christine Danaher** of Yeppoon, Queensland shown underwater with a cooperative dolphin (in captivity), and (with canoe and coconut trees) during a safari to The Solomon Islands.
Christine voted Eupi Island Resort (below) \\”fantastic for diving and good food”\\ – she had a different opinion of another resort near Honiara where sand-flies were so thick the beach had to be sprayed with poison. To compound matters the accommodation windows were not screened for protection against those famous nocturnal blood suckers.
Valerie T. shown in one of her early wet suits. She was reasonably fresh from her stage acting era at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre, here.
The picture was with a newly released Nikonos 28mm lens – one of the first to be sold in Australia.
Large blue spot trout were everywhere in shallow water on the northern Ribbon Reefs back then.
**Casandra Styles** (left) and **Marlene Saunders** as they eventually appeared in a modeling assignment advertisement in \\**Fathom**\\.
Scuba product advertising has changed a lot since the \\Fathom\\ era when we did the photography in Australia with local models.
**Kay O.** made an stunning appearance in the \\Aquarius\\ documentary, with a shark as did **Sandra Greentree **(above) who saved several baby sharks at a time when it was considered very ‘unfashionable’ to do such things.
How exciting is this? **An old boiler on the beach**. Not the girl, the rusty chunk of metal at Seal Rocks, which is about four hours north of Sydney, by road.
Long assumed to be the remnant of an 1864 paddle steamer called \\Rainbow\\ which dragged her anchors and went aground. Now another theory has the boiler as having belonged to \\Trio\\ wreck a few years later in 1870.
The girl is **Trina Fleischmann** – often seen in Ben Cropp’s underwater documentaries on TV around the world.
In the sixties whale sharks were still a sensational and rare subject to be filmed. Only a couple had ever been seen by divers underwater. One was in The Red Sea, (by Hans Hass) another – the first in Australia was off Montague Island, New South Wales in 1964 (with cameraman Ben Cropp and diver George Meyer).
**The 1968 Seal Rocks Encounter** featured a much larger whale shark with not quite as clear underwater visibility conditions.
My black and white 35mm pictures made a three pages picture story in a Sydney evening tabloid that was syndicated around the world. These were the first 35mm pictures, all previous whale shark pictures taken in the world were off tiny 16mm movie film frames.
At Brisbane some years later, whale sharks were still a much sought subject to film. I was quizzed by one of the then leading American underwater film cameramen-lecturers, “John, where can we (both) go to film a whale shark in Australia”?
My answer was not entirely honest as I’d not been there – “The north-west of Western Australia.”
Several years later the whale sharks were ‘discovered’ off Exmouth in the north-west of Western Australia by a small \\National Geographic\\ sponsored team. When the discovery was still hot news to only a few people I used an introduction by a friend to do something for TV in Australia.
We then suggested to a high rating current affairs TV show that we could film them underwater scenes for a whale shark story at Exmouth.
The show researchers noted with interest the details, then ceased contact and soon after sent their own people to do the story.
The producer and the researcher who I spoke with have since risen to the tops of their television professions.