I am primarily a stills photographer, but after going back through my archives, I realize that I have shot quite a bit of video during the last 8 years (I first took a video camera underwater in March of 2006). Getting the footage properly organized is going to be a never-ending project, I fear, but I went through this evening and pulled out some fun clips for this informal portfolio.
Footage in this reel was taken using a variety of cameras including Canon 5D2, 7D, 5D3, GoPro HERO2 / HERO3, Sony RX100, and Sony HVR-Z1U miniDV, and others.
During a lull in whale shark activity at the aggregation off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, I swam my Nauticam-housed Canon 5D Mark II housing down a bit and let go of it. It is just slightly buoyant, so it made its way to the surface over the course of 1 minute, 37 seconds. I have no idea how deep I was, but it was probably 40-50' or so.
We are here photographing whale sharks at the largest aggregation in the world: facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10100699527577923.1073741851.224781&type=1&l=8c33698bca
Note that we are not freedivers. We are just playing around. :)
Aerial footage of surfers at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. July 21, 2013. Footage taken with a DJI Phantom quadcopter, GoPro HERO3 Black edition camera, Rotorpixel HERO3 gimbal (rotorpixel.com), ReadyMadeRC FPV transmitter, receiver, and remote monitor, and modified DJI Phantom radio. Footage captured and edited by Eric Cheng (echengphoto.com). Special thanks to George Krieger, David Merrill, and Jeff Honda for hanging out for the morning!
Full information about the setup is here: rotorpixel.com/journey/2013/7/22/quadcopter-footage-of-surfers-in-santa-cruz
Music: "May" by Marcel Pequel (last.fm/music/Marcel%20Pequel)
Edited in about an hour using Final Cut Pro X with Magic Bullet Looks.
Daytime and night timelapse footage from a short trip to Crater Lake, Oregon, in late June of 2013. All frames shot with Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 14mm f/2.8L II, 17mm TS-E and 24mm TS-E lenses. Special thanks to Stan Jirman for the loan of the tilt-shift lenses. Music courtesy mobygratis.com.
I was going through some old footage tonight and found this clip of Alex Mustard and Laz Ruda being buzzed by a large tiger shark. I miss sharks—it's been way too long since I've been on a proper shark dive.