MAKING A COVER PHOTO

As any photographer will tell you, there is a thought process behind every strong image. “Spray and pray” doesn’t cut it, and when you’re shooting photos for a living there are multiple dimensions added to the work.

Mix in the technical challenges of shooting underwater and in a remote location, and there is almost always a good story behind the shot. The cover shot for the most recent Drake Magazine was shot while Confluence Films was on location in the Seychelles shooting their newest film, Providence. 

Here’s what Klug had to say about the image: “It was an interesting situation, with perfect light and a hard-sand bottom that was ideal for wading and shooting. The thing that made the shooting interesting was that the water was full of turtle grass that was drifting in a tidal current that was every bit as fast as a moving river. The water was clear but full of drifting material. That actually added quite a bit to the shot, however, and added an interesting dimension. Camille is a great angler, and landed a lot of fish over the course of three weeks on Providence Atoll. After the first few days we had plenty of “grip-and-grin” shots, which meant that I could focus a lot more on underwater shots. The challenge was that a lot of the flats were muddy, which made for tough underwater clarity when holding fish. This was a great spot, however, and the bottom was perfect.”

From Camille's point of view, it was a moment of adrenaline: "As Jim worked his magic with his camera, I kneeled down on the sandy bottom to get a closer look at the GT I held in my hands. The ferocity, stealth, speed and appetite these fish have is staggering and has left me shaking in my boots many times. Their mouths are decorated with dog-like teeth capable of sawing a bonefish in half and their tails have a line of razor sharp scales that will literally fillet your hand open. I never understood why everyone wore gloves until I naively gripped the tail of a GT without one that left my hand in a bright shade of red. For this particular fish, I can remember thinking to myself, “I’m so happy I’m wearing gloves this time.” While holding that fish, I had nothing but pure respect and admiration for it. It’s hard to put into words the emotions that were going through my mind at that moment but one thing is for certain, I was feeling pretty damn lucky to be where I was and catching these incredible fish. I’m glad Jim was able to capture such a great moment."