Our most recent project for scuba diving brand Shearwater Research has seen us take to the skies. Not many scuba diving videos have an element of falling a few thousand feet through the air, but this one does. We can't say too much about it at this point, but the video should be out soon, and we're pretty sure Trisha will be singing up for sky diving any day now!
In this photo Seaproof.tv's Trisha and sky diver Krystal do a quick run through before take off.
To quote someone that we can't name "the best camera is the one you have with you". Well for the vast majority of people that's a smart phone, and for us, it's a shiny new iPhone 8. Not convinced? How about a pocket camera that shoots 4K 60fps video? Sold.
During a non-working fun dive we may not want to take the big camera system with us. The option of diving without a camera is obviously not an option at all! We can't not have a camera underwater! So we're always on the look out for a super easy, super handy, super practical little camera to take on adventures underwater. With the iPhone 8, we found it.
We've tried a lot of iPhone and iPhone housings over the past few years, the latest iPhone 8 paired with the Lenzo housing (made by ValsTech) is by far the best. By a massive margin. It's the solution we've been looking for, and really does pack a ton of amazing video and photos features into a system that is small enough to take anywhere, and easy enough to use on a day off (little brain activity required!).
Lenzo iPhone housings are tough, they have great optics, the latch is reassuring, the buttons feel nice, and the two little "arms" mean you can focus, select different functions, and dismiss any "low battery" error messages. It's the most versatile, practical, highest functioning and best design iPhone housing on the market.
The iPhone 8 is a fantastic camera to have underwater. Using the iPhone's native camera app we can take "Live Photos" - essentially 3 second snapshots, we can shoot HDR images, switch between 240fps slow motion at 1080, time lapse, and video functions. Using Camera+ we can shoot RAW still images, and using the awesome Filmic Pro app we can shoot a ton of video with more options than ever before (an app that really shines above water), such as focus peaking, increased bit rate and an incredible stabilization mode.
The Lenzo is now our go-to "day off" camera. We always have it, it shoots remarkably well, and it makes for a very fun dive! In fact, it really gives a lot of other, more expensive cameras a run for their money. Never underestimate the power of a telephone!
Find out more here: https://www.valstech.com
We shot some fun 360's of the fantastic Under the Jungle store in Mexico, just out of frame - us hiding from the camera that sees all!
We had the pleasure of working with Aqua Lung Canada a few months ago. It was a fun shoot on the white water rapids of the Fraser River in British Columbia. A freezing cold day at the end of the season, on an inflatable boat, custom made for that particular river.
The shoot was to promote a new drysuit that is part of Aqua Lung's impressive military & professional line. The Raptor is a water rescue drysuit aimed at search and rescue operations, such as river rescue, police, and other first responders.
The shoot was supported by Rescue Canada, a premiere training facility that provides a vast array of (often breathtaking) training courses to cover all areas of water rescue. Rescue Canada provided a wealth of information, as well as some trained rescuers as models for the new drysuit.
The shoot was a great time to put our newish GH5 through it's paces. Using mainly the excellent Panasonic 12-35mm lens, and the indispensable Lens Coat rain jacket, we got some great shots on the front of the inflatable. Those shots don't appear in the above, but getting thrown around some white water rapids whilst trying to frame a shot was a lot of fun!
The bulk of the shoot was on details and features - this video is more for informational purposes than a glitzy Facebook commercial - the suit has many more features than you'd get in a traditional drysuit.
The video was edited by Aqua Lung's James Manke, one of the hardest working guys we've been lucky enough to work with. We look forward to more projects with Aqua Lung, including one this coming May.
You can learn more about the Raptor here.
We've just returned from a week-long shoot near Akumal, Mexico, part of the Yucatan Peninsula. South of Playa del Carmen, this area is home to vast landscapes of incredibly beautiful cenotes.
A cenote is a deep well or sinkhole, formed by the collapse of the surface limestone, often exposing water filled caves. It is a beacon for cave divers and explorers from around the world, and at the center of it all is Under the Jungle, a unique cave diving operation, owned and operated by Natalie Gibb and Vincent Rouquette-Cathala.
Unlike a lot of dive operations, Under the Jungle aren't looking for a mass of tourists eager to strap on a tank and go for a guided dives. In fact, their very location makes it unreachable for most. Instead, they're much more focussed on providing top tier service for experienced, passionate, and responsible cave, cavern, and technical divers.
Our relationship with Under the Jungle began just over a week ago when we touched down in Mexico to begin a week-long shoot for an upcoming Shearwater Research project. Natalie and her husband Rory, were our guides, hosts, and models for the week. We quickly learned about the area, the cenotes, and the way they do business. To say we had a lot of fun, adventurous, and great experiences would be an understatement!
Such focus on quality rather than quantity is rare within diving, but these guys truly mean it. They want to promote safe diving, cenote conservation, and responsible diving practices. They have a respect for the land, the locals, and the future of the area. It shines through in their business and is an reassuring attitude to be exposed to.
Natalie Gibb is herself, fast becoming a well known figure in the diving world. Her years of work exploring Mexico's cenotes is substantial, and her attitude towards sharing it is infectious. Her recent speaking tour in the US and Canada was hugely successful, and her video work increasingly impressive.
We had a fantastic time exploring and shooting inside the cenotes with Natalie and Rory. We can't yet share the results with anyone as it's an ongoing project. But rest assured, we got some awesome video! We'll also be putting together an interview video with Natalie, so keep an eye out.
For now though, give serious consideration to joining the Under the Jungle team in Mexico, they have an excellent training program, great accommodations with their onsite Limestone Lodge, and unparalleled knowledge of the area. We can't wait to return!
Seaproof.tv's Trisha Stovel was recently part of a shoot for Volkswagen. The goal for the underwater team was to get a shot of their new car travelling over an ice road in Yellowknife, northern Canada. Discovery Channel's Daily Planet were also there covering the event, their segment screened a couple of days ago and you can watch it above, including Trish on camera - instead of being behind it!
We’ve just returned from a fantastic week in Ottawa where Trisha Stovel and Russell Clark both had the pleasure of being elected as Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
We're very honoured to be amongst such distinguished company in the RCGS College of Fellows, all of us charged with making “Canada better known to Canadians and to the world”.
We had lots of fun visiting the amazing new RCGS HQ on Sussex Drive, checking out the excellent giant floor maps, catching up with Jill Heinerth, and another BC diver Andy Lamb (also made a Fellow this year), playing a game of “No, you first” door tag with the Prince of Ethiopia, and of course meeting lots of interesting Fellows from many walks of life.
It’s a great end to an incredible year for us. We have some fantastic things planned for 2018, and we’re looking forward to sharing a submerged Canada with as many people as we can!
Our latest project is now online - introducing #BeneathBC
What do we do with all those hours of British Columbia underwater video? Those extra photos, extra thoughts and stories? Well now we channel them into this new little website called #BeneathBC. It's aim is super simple - to show people what lays beneath the waves in British Columbia.
This website isn't really meant for local divers, though I'm sure it will be of interest. It's meant for those that don't dive, for those that have a wee bit of interest, but need somewhere to go that makes it easy for them to re-discover BC. It's a showcase for things we see, places we go, and stories we want to tell. It's a way we can share our view of British Columbia with others, and hopefully inspire them to learn to dive, to snorkel, or to just take more of an interest in BC's submerged life and geography.
#BeneathBC is also a hashtag we hope other BC divers and explorers will start to use, together we can create a wealth of online media, easily accessible, and fun for people to discover.
Visit, share, contribute, and enjoy #BeneathBC
It's always nice to walk the halls of the worlds largest dive industry trade show and see your videos being played. As we write this the corridors of the Orlando Convention Centre are crammed with divers at the annual DEMA Show, and amongst the hundreds of exhibitors you'll spot a few of our videos.
Performance Freediving International have a ton of videos playing in a lovely little loop, Master Liveaboards and Solomon Island Dive Expeditions are showing our promo videos, and above you'll see everyone's favourite dive computer manufacturer - Shearwater Research playing our video at their very popular booth.
There may also be another couple of videos on show elsewhere - there's a lot to take in at DEMA!
So if you're walking the halls (and for some reason reading this), stop by and tell them you like the videos!
Dive computers don't come much better than this. Maybe a little. But that's only because Shearwater also make the NERD 2, which we'll talk about in a later blog post.
Shearwater research's tagline actually sums up everything perfectly. "Powerful, simple, reliable". Their entire range of computer, but most recently the PERDIX AI and the NERD 2 embody this ethic without missing a beat.
The PERDIX AI is a wrist mounted technical and recreational dive computer, and where used with up to 2 transmitters, it offers incredible air integration options.
We will be producing a blog post that looks specifically at our usage of Shearwater's products from a videography point of view. But for now we just wanted to get this video posted so you can see how awesome the PERDIX AI is.
For more info visit Shearwater Research.