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Jan 21, 2013

Episode 146: The Cozumel Underwater Assignment

A week on assignment in Mexico's beautiful island of Cozumel is enviable. 
My Facebook friends were calling me a bastard and commenting that they hate me as I posted the pictures of white sandy beaches and aqua waters with lonesome dive boats anchored for lunch.

The week in Cozumel involved gathering facts and opinions for a review of a dive operation called "Aldora Divers" for Adventure Diver Magazine, while shooting footage for an accompanying video.

I found myself 'alpha testing' a new underwater housing for my Panasonic AF100 camera, the first of its kind. This model of camera has never been underwater. My travails began at Laguardia airport where I had to try and get some extra weight through the system… carrying, among other weighty things, 20 pounds of lead (ballast for the underwater housing). The pelican case on loan from a friend actually broke my hand held scale… not a good omen.

$325 later and 3 trips through security, I was on the plane completely stressed out, mostly by the realization that this would not be a single incident.

I spent the first three days and nights underwater trying to find the right combination of filter, iris, zoom length and lights, occasionally hitting the sweet spot and shooting great footage nestled mysteriously amongst the out-of-focus junk that would end up in the trash. 

With the kinks worked out, I was left with two days of diving to try and capture the spirit of Cozumel underwater, in HD…..
Luckily I have some good footage from last year's trip to fill in the gaps.

Video to follow in a couple of weeks.

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Jan 7, 2013

Episode 145 : swimming with some big fish : Tarpon video

One night while diving in Bonaire, the Tarpon came over to the big video lights I was using and began to hunt:

I need help: documentary in process (More info here )

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Jan 2, 2013

Episode 144: Fun with a new underwater housing

My friend Doctor Mike put this fun video trailer together from footage he shot of me and the new Christmas present: an underwater housing for my good video camera.

We were in 45 degree water for over an hour, inland, at a quarry filled in with water.. on new year's eve.

Coming Soon.... from DoctorMike on Vimeo.

Dr. Mike and me in the snow before submersion

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