Earlier this year, I embarked on what I believe is a life changing trip with my wife, Natisha.
We sold our tiny condo, packed up our belongings, shoved in a backpack what we figured we needed and took off to explore for 3.5 months.
I learnt to dive in 2005 in Fiji. Ever since then, I've been addicted to SCUBA diving.
During our 3.5 month trip, we travelled from Indonesia, India, Palau and Philippines. This video comprises of footage from Indonesia, Palau, and Philippines in no particular order.
Mucho thanks to everyone (Divemasters/buddies) who made all our diving adventures safe and amazing! (Yvette, Dino, Beau, Martin, Vinny, Kristen, and anyone else I might have missed!)
A little info about this video:
Camera: Canon S95 - canon.ca/inetCA/products?m=gp&pid=4690
This little point and shoot is simply amazing. Everything shot at 720p HD.
You'll notice in some shots that the color is outstanding (for a point and shoot) and some, well not so much. Anything above 10m+bright sun meant awesome light, but once I was getting down to 30m (ie: shot of the marble ray/sharks) the camera was really pushing for exposure (and unfortauntely I did not have any external strobes at the time). Regardless I'm extremely happy with the outcome.
The other thing to mention is the camera does NOT have any manual options for video mode. You do have options for locking exposure and setting white balance (tricky to set this quickly underwater).
Underwater housing: Recsea - recsea.com/Recsea/products/compact/canon_whc-s95.html
Unbelievable little housing. Double the price of the camera (as are most underwater housings), but well worth the money. Built like a tank. I looked at both the Canon and Ikelite housing, however both those housings do not allow control over the rear dial on the S95. Since I was shooting stills+video underwater, I needed to have control over the rear dial to fully utilize the camera. This meant getting the Recsea housing. I did not use any wide angle adapter or macro lens with the housing.
It took some time to get comfortable using the housing, mainly due to it's size. It's tiny. Smaller then both the Canon or Ikelite housing. I have a pair of Tusa Tropical SCUBA gloves, which made using some of the controls easier.
I also did not have a tray or grip for the housing, so holding the camera stable took some time+practice. Lots of practice. In some locations (ie: Blue Corner in Palau) it was pretty much impossible to get stable shots due to the strong current, but it sure was fun to practice. I managed to get one good shot of the sharks there after I 'hooked' myself onto the reef.
The housing is made of aluminum, so it is NOT neutrally buoyant. It will sink, and sink fast. I made that mistake once, where I unclipped myself from the housing and dropped it (thinking it was still connected to me). Thankfully I was only a few feet above sand, and it landed softly.
After some practice, I did however use the heavy weight to my benefit and found bare rock/sand to place the housing on, to get the nice solid shots of some of the coral. I think in the future, taking a gorillapod down would work wonders.
One thing is for sure. For those who shoot underwater I have MASSIVE respect for you. It's a totally different ball game down there.
Our travel blog can be found here: