I returned to the Conestoga shipwreck on the morning of July 9th, 2012 ready to put my theory about how to better film underwater to the test. With this trip, I tried two different techniques while freediving on the Conestoga and the results speak for themselves. When you compare the quality of my camerawork on my original video (vimeo.com/45415948) to this video, it's a night and day difference. Filmed entirely on a GoPro HD HERO2 and the GoPro Dive Housing. No camera smoothing was done in editing - this is what came out of the camera.
I made two separate 30 minute trips out to the ship (one for each film trial), taking about an hour break in between to warm back up. Visability was again between 10 and 15 feet when I went diving, which is around the higher end for this dive site.
Information about the Conestoga Shipwreck:
Launched on July 6th, 1878, the Conestoga sank on May 22nd, 1922, after a fire broke out in its engine room near Cardinal, Ontario, in the St. Lawrence River. The steamer was waiting to go through what was then known as Galup Canal Lock 28 (before the seaway was flooded, which closed down the old lock system). The fire couldn't be put out, so it was allowed to drift out of the lock where the fire burned to the waterline, sinking the ship. In the 90 years since it's reached it's final resting ground, the shipwreck has survived surprisingly well after being battered by ice flows, pollution, explosives, human activity and invasive species.
The Conestoga lies virtually upright with it's bow facing into the current in 18' to 25' of water. To give you an idea of the size of it, the length of the ship is 252.8'. The propeller itself is 14' tall, and it could move the ship at a top speed of 8 knots. The ships engine sticks out of the water, marking its location to those who wish to pay her a visit.
N 44 46.75'
W 075 23.58'
Blog entry: lioconvoy.blogspot.ca/2012/07/filming-underwater.html