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#1 Mary Lynn

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 01:19 PM

OK folks, the latest DiveFilm Podcast Video episode is up and it's the interview I recently did with Eric Cheng. What I wanted to do was get some of his thoughts on making the transition from underwater still photography to video, what skills were transferable, what helped, what new skills he needed to acquire in the process. My thinking was that because it was so close in time to his first dives doing video, I could get more of a sense of his early impressions. And, of course, I was hoping he'd let me use some of his cool images and video to illustrate the interview, and this he very graciously agreed to do. (Thank you, Eric.)

Here in San Diego, a bunch of us meet monthly to share tips, questions, show footage and (hopefully) improve our work. (Kind of like here on WetPixel!) So I'm always interested in hearing how others approach issues in underwater video like white balance and (my big challenge) camera stabilization.

I learned some things from the interview with Eric, as I do from many other imagers. Hope you enjoy this podcast (and don't razz Eric *too* much for his interview!?)

You can get to the podcast if you have iTunes on your computer here, or get more details about accessing DiveFilm Podcast Video by clicking on the link in the righthand navigation bar.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 09:16 PM

"Nobody love you" is still the most recent episode showing on my itunes. May be just a delay.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 09:30 PM

I downloaded it a few hours ago, but I haven't listened to it yet...
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Posted 23 July 2006 - 09:50 PM

Yeah, it's downloading now.

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 10:16 PM

Eric has a really big screen!

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 10:22 PM

Nice podcast Mary. And not bad Eric for a first attempt at video :D :)

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 10:43 PM

Nice one Mary.

Love his big screen.

Eric you could of brushed ya hair... :D
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 01:32 AM

Excellent work Mary, and Eric - very interesting.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 02:30 AM

That's great. Excellent presentation. Thanks Mary and Eric.

What he doesn't mention is that he can hide behind his big video housing when the big sharks come along!

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:28 AM

Pushing away 10' tiger sharks with his housing....the dude's got brass balls.

Eric, I don't know you personally, but you already have my respect.
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#11 Mary Lynn

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 11:16 AM

Thank you, folks.

And a special thank you to the photographers whose shots of Eric appear in the podcast: Alex Mustard, David Haas, Dave Patchen, James Wiseman, Bruce Yates. (Did I miss anyone?) Thank you all!

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 01:16 PM

Mary,

Very well done, and Eric was great choosing his words carefully and succinctly :D

Wagsy, that IS how Eric combs his hair when he hasn't shaved his head for extended salt water immersion.....LOL

Peacedog, one trip on the Shearwater and you, too, can be that close to sharks (and have those appendages :) It ain't rocket science but it sure is fun.

Wish I was near San Diego as I need to find one place liieyour group to learn about video. Seems it's changing as fast as digital stills and hard to keep up with....

Keep those Podcasts coming!

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