Exploring Bell Island screened last night to a packed audience at the Nickel Film Festival in St Johns, Newfoundland. It's great to see so many people enjoying our Minimentary and learning more about the underwater history of Canada.
During a recent visit to the UK, I was asked if I'd like to present to a group of 15 year old GCSE photography students at the prestigious Duke of York's Royal Military School, of course!
For about 40 minutes I shared some of the amazing things we've seen underwater, a collection of videos and still photos seemingly had the younglings glued to the screen.
After the talk there was a barrage of questions, and even a couple of students that wanted to talk further.
It was a fun experience. I've talked at Universities before, but never to this age group. I spent an age writing my talk, making sure there were lots of images, it wasn't dull, and covered a lot of ground. University students can take or leave what you say, but 15 year olds you really want to keep entertained.
The talk had a strong message on exploration. Doesn't matter where, when, why, or who with. You could explore your garden, the beach, the school grounds, or an empty classroom, just explore. They seemed to like that core message, and didn't mind hearing it several times when accompanied by video of a great white shark!
I've since heard from a couple of students that they want to become divers, and want to try underwater photography. And the school have invited me back to talk address all the students. You can't ask for more than that!
For the past three years Seaproof.tv have been hired by Performance Freediving International to produce video coverage of their incredible Deja Blue freediving competition, held in the Cayman Islands.
Competitors from around the globe congregate on Grand Cayman for the week long comp, known as the Iron Man of freediving competitions.
Our role is simple; produce timely video updates for the world to see!
This year Seaproof.tv produced 14 videos in just under two weeks. Plus an additional 5 videos rebranded and re-released from last year, and one pre-event promotional video. That's a lot of videos!
We've had the pleasure of working with PFI a lot over the last couple of years and they're a fantastic training agency that truly does pioneering work within diving. Their use of scooters for safety, and technical freediving techniques are way ahead of the curve. And when it comes to video, I don't think any freediving event on the globe has the level of coverage that Deja Blue has, and we are very proud to make that a reality for them.
Our videos incorporate topside video, interviews, drone shots, in water, and deep water coverage. All edited uploaded and shared within approx. a 24 hour period.
You can watch all the videos we produced on the Deja Blue 8 Vimeo channel.
As freediving gains in popularity with each passing month, we're very pleased to be associated with such a forward thinking company. Check them out for yourself, see what the fuss is about: www.performancefreediving.com
Pretty sure our 15 minutes of sea lion fame is coming to an end, but nice to see the Vancouver Island Weekly Chinese language newspaper running one of our images on the cover.
We share our thoughts with their readers on diving and snorkelling with sea lions, scuba diving in British Columbia, and the importance of respecting our marine life here on Vancouver Island.
Chinese speakers can read it here.
Our crazy run of video sharing hit its pinnacle yesterday when Aussie Man Reviews decided our sea lion encounter would be ideal for one of his colour commentaries.
So far 2.3 million people have seen the clip. Yes, million. That's 2.3 million people that just witnessed sea lion diving, saw the Seaproof.tv name, and viewed some of British Columbia's most fun diving, even if they didn't know it.
The clip is on Aussie Man Reviews Facebook page, and should make it's way onto his YouTube channel too.
Not sure the video can really go many more places after that!
We also had a fantastic article on us appear online at The Huffington Post, about diving with sea lions, diving in British Columbia, and us!
Our sea lions friends have been getting a lot of attention recently. Not only was there a Chek News piece, but also a Vancouver Island Weekly newspaper article, and now, this radio interview with CBC.
The 8 minute interview talks about sea lions diving in BC, SeaproofTV origins, and our love of the ocean.
You can read it all by clicking the image about, or here.
British Columbia TV channel and news station Chek News recently ran a piece on the 6pm daily news show on diving with sea lions, featuring a little interview with Russell and some cool video from our previous sea lion dives.
It's great to see such a warm reception to these dive videos, they seem to capture the attention and imagination of a large portion of the public and draw important attention to the importance of eco tourism, especially to Vancouver Island.
Click the image above, or here, to see the video.
Canada may well be known as the Great White North to some, but here on Vancouver Island the weather is pretty temperate. Until yesterday. In the last 24 hours the Comox / Campbell River region has seen about 12 inches of snow, and we love it!
This week we have the pleasure of joining Becky and David Schott from Liquid Productions on a shoot here in our own backyard. We'll be assisting and spotting for the Liquid Production team on their mission to film octo's, sea lions, tube worms, walls, reefs, wrecks and all manner of BC underwater wonders.
There's nothing quite like arriving at a dive site to see snow capped rocks, and clear emerald water, whilst a bald eagle feeds on shore, and an otter swims in front of you. You couldn't plan this any better!
DPReview is the single best online resource for in-depth camera information and reviews. Well written, concise, and trust worthy. Of course they aren't written from the point of view of an underwater shooter, but it's still a fantastic place to read more about any given camera.
The GH5 was recently announced and it's every bits as awesome as people had hoped. Bang for buck the GH5 could be one of the most important camera system for underwater videographers: a small, broadcast quality, and affordable video system.
Though the camera is not yet out (pre-orders are being taken) DPReview have posted their first review, and it's well worth a read...
This little yellow remotely operated vehicle was desgined and built by British Columbia submersible manufacturer Nuytco Research. The well respected research and operations company, headed by diving pioneer Phil Nuytten have always focussed their efforts on creating submersibles. But with the evolution of their thrusters, came the idea to create their first ROV, the NewtROV.
From concept to this first ocean test, the team headed by Mike Reay with electrical engineer Mark Arnott built NewtROV in under a year. The result; a very powerful, and super quiet electric (no hydrolic systems) deep sea ROV.
The test, out of a marina just outside of North Vancouver was met by extrememly high winds, and enough rain to warrant an arc. But bad weather can't keep a good ROV down. The show must go on. With Navy, Department of Fisheries, and members of the media all in attendance.
As Phil Nuytten says on the video - it all went swimmingly. The test was a huge sucess, the crowd was very happy, and the ROV performed perfectly.
The video was a tough one to shoot, the relentless wind and raid played havock with, well, everything really. But it was a fun day, and always good to see the Nuytco guys, Mike Reay and Mark Arnott to an insanely amazing job, and Phil is always a good guy to share a pizza with.
Check out all their cool stuff at: www.nuytco.com