It was a typical training dive. I had just got a new camera – a Nikon D4s and Subal underwater housing for it and badly wanted to see how the camera worked underwater. Most underwater pictures are taken with a wide-angle lens, so I took my trusty Nikkor 16mm/2.8 fisheye.
The nearest place with pure water is 180km away from my home, a well-known Tver quarry. I asked my friend and freediving instructor Igor Azhikin to accompany me.
The weather was wonderful, 10 below zero and bright sun. The surroundings of the quarry are very poor, so divers brought a table and other items to lessen the boredom.
So we made a hole in the ice and Igor began to dive, at first he was just swimming, then began to do yoga asanas, hanging upside down. Then he started to sit down at the table, pretending he was working. I continued to take photographs, though I started to worry about his safety. There is a lot of mud at the bottom, and it was rising with the movements of our fins and visibility was changing. Igor could see the ice hole, however, so everything was ok and we went home happy.