Diving the Channels of East Gaafu Atoll
The trip aboard the Maldive Siren was the first we did as the team of three. Together we explored the channels of the east side of the Gaafu Atoll, southern Maldives: Flo was ready for videographing, Hammer was hunting for stills. And Micha was there as a back-up and safety diver. Of course we had great expectations concerning not just close encounters with the marine life of the atoll, but also concerning good shots of sharks and other animals naturally occurring there. But we did not have a final idea of a movie. So we just kept diving and shooting. In the end this trip video was the result of our collaboration. It turned out that we as a team worked quite well, so we decided to make more out of it: Behind the Mask.
"Diving and shooting in the channels wasn't always that easy. On some dives we had to deal with ripping current. And we had to find out how to get close enough to the sharks to get some good shots. Nevertheless we did fine. And most important, we had great fun together doing it. That made us a very good team. This trip definitely was the birth of Behind the Mask." - Hammer