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Seeking Tips for Shooting Video of Hawaii Manta Night Dive

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#1 ReadyDiverOne


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:02 AM

Hi all,

Am looking for guidance re shooting video of the famous Big Island Manta Ray night dive, which I will be doing in July. I have the GoPro Hero Black 6, with the shallow and deep filters sold by Backscatter. I also have a Kraken 5000 lumen vid light, which as you may know is ridiculously powerful.

My question is, should I use the shallow filter or not (I assume we won't be deep enough for the deep/dive filter). As you may know, Backscatter make a convincing case that, for day time shooting, one should use the dive filter AND a light for best results. Obviously, it's going to be dark for the manta dive, so I am thinking NO filter, right??

Many thanks.

#2 okuma


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:51 PM

It will be you and 150 other divers in a big circle at about 40'.

Lots of strobes firing, video lights waving around and squids kicking up the bottom.

Still, a marvelous happening - sit back and enjoy the action :good:

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If it is so easy every one would be doing it!

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#3 Pajjpen


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 01:20 AM

No filters at night.

#4 rgilkes



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Posted 21 June 2018 - 05:42 PM

No filter or else the underside of the rays will go red on you. If you have video lights, bring them, but someone else said conditions are a bit tough to shoot in between the dive ops bright lights and the 100 other divers.

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 01:33 PM

I had a blast with them last year, have fun. The best footage seems to be from the bottom looking up.