When Jo and I decided that we’d be returning to Boracay (Philippines), there was one thing I wanted to do more than anything else – go SCUBA diving. My brother Gary and I have been certified divers since 1997, and I love getting wet any chance I can. Therefore, armed with my GoPro Hero2 and QuikPod Monopod, I teamed up with Dive Gurus once more to explore some of the best diving in the Philippines.
Accompanying me on my dive was Edwin, one of the Dive Masters at Dive Gurus. He knows the area inside and out, having worked in the area a long, long time. From the dive shop’s beachfront location, we cruised on their boat for about 15 minutes before donning our gear and back-rolling off the deck. From there, we descended to a depth of about 18m, skimming the surface of the surrounding corals before arriving at the Camia. “It is a 30 meter-long cargo boat that was sank as a Fish Attraction Device in January 2001. It has since developed very nicely as an artificial reef. Residents and transients include a couple of huge red bass, some bluefin trevallies, scorpion fish, trumpet fish, ghost pipefish, squid, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, a school of batfish, and nudibranchs, among others.” (DiveGurus website)
Because of the depth (30m), our bottom time (dive time) was limited to about 30 minutes. It sounds like a long time, but underwater, it goes quick. After swimming through the Camia, it was time to return to the ascent line and make our way up to the surface. It was a great experience and a lot of fun.
How it was filmed
This video was show entirely with the GoPro Hero2 and the QuikPod Monopod. Land segments were shot using the Hero2’s Skeleton Housing and an Edutige ETM-001. I’m not sure why the sound was so bad in the opening segment – it’s almost as if the mic wasn’t attached to the camera. In any case, it sounded great in the signoff.
During the dive, the Hero2 was enclosed in the Hero2 Dive Housing. This case is obsolete with the Hero3, but a must for those with older cameras. Since light changes under the water, in post-production, I needed to color correct the tint, otherwise the images would have been even greener than seen in the video. I also turned on spot metering for this video, since light fluctuated significantly.
Probably the most fun part of this video was filming with the QuikPod. The opening boat shot was filmed with the monopod extended fully and swinging into place. Under water, the QuikPod proved to be a great tool, allowing me to not only film myself, but also switch to a POV mode and capture things directly ahead of me. Fully extending the monopod, allowed me to capture images of Edwin and me swimming, and while not included in the final video, the framing was easy. Probably the most difficult shot of the trip was of me swimming through the wreck. Extending the QuikPod out that far made turning in tight quarters a little hard. I would have loved to fully extend the monopod, but it just wasn’t possible.
What did you think of this video? Did you like the use of the monopod? Please share your thoughts below.