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#327470 Pelagic Magic Night Dive -- Tips and Tricks???

Posted by rramaley on 08 March 2013 - 12:47 AM

So we ended up going with Jack's Diving Locker.  Was a pretty amazing experience - we went on their scheduled night and it was just the 2 of us on the boat, and chartered the boat for a second night (again just us 2) - if you can wing it that you are the only ones on the boat, it is a very special experience.  The dive guides were in the water but for them it was a pleasure dive since they didn't have to worry about us.  Each dive was ~75 minutes and some fantastic things floated by.  Matt D'Avella (JDL's resident expert) takes a bit of warming up to (and likewise him to us) but we had a good time diving with him.  He'll also give you good tips if you listen....


Here's a video I pulled together of my footage - pretty happy with the results though I wish I had a week of consecutive diving to work the kinks out.  One big recommendation: bring a sh*% load of light - Matt the dive guide had 5 lights on his rig!!!  My 2 Sola 1200s were woefully inadequate.  



#321233 SS VALSAVOIA - a quick tour

Posted by rramaley on 23 November 2012 - 02:52 AM

Really nice work, Davide!!!! BIG thumbs up!

#319412 A video for those of you with young children

Posted by rramaley on 29 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

but Oliver(11mths) was a little too young and just shouted 'egg' while trying to hit the screen.

How interesting, my husband (40) did the same thing!!! ;)

#319014 A video for those of you with young children

Posted by rramaley on 24 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

I thought I might share this with those of you with young children. About 9 months ago, Ellie, a daughter of our friends in the US, sent us "Little Bear" - a photocopy of a character that the children in her class have been reading about in books. She asked us to show him around Sydney, and send him and a postcard back so she could share his adventures with her 1st grade class.

We did something even better: we laminated Little Bear and took him diving with us around Sydney Harbour and some of the coastal sites. We showed him the wonderful underwater life and made a video for Ellie to share!

(I realised that after rendering the movie and deleting my Final Cut project, that the Port Jackson shark wasn't a Port Jackson shark (no harness markings), but a Crested Hornshark, so apologies for the mistake but it's there to stay. Posted Image). (By the way, am I the only person who cringes at the sound of their own recorded voice?)

Filmed on a Sony HDRXR550 in a Light and Motion Bluefin Pro housing with Sola 1200 lights.

Hope your children enjoy it!