Filming Fish Spawning Aggregations in Palau

Back in March I accompanied the very experienced Dari Divers on a filming dive down to Peleliu to document the spawning aggregation of Sailfin Snapper. The schools at this time of year number in the tens of thousands. We did three divers and were able to witness some incredible numbers. When you get the timing right expect to see lots of sharks and one of the most incredible natural displays in the animal kingdom.

During the day the huge school hangs out in a secluded part of the reef about 1km away from the corner where they spawn. During the night before they swim there and wait until dawn and the turn of the tide and on an unseen signal, commence their extraordinary ritual.

Check out this film I produced on it:

or the Youtube flavor:

https://youtu.be/22l1p66jlu8

 

If you’d like more information on joining Dari Divers for next years aggregation or even the month aggregations of other species see their website here: www.daridiverspalau.com

Cheers

 

Richard

 

 

New promo film for Dive shop and cinemascope 2.35:1 editing

Hi,

over the last few months I’ve been diving with Dari Divers here in Palau. They want to develop their website using my photos and films to show the range of their diving, as well as the new sites they are discovering, together with all the cool fish, sharks and Mantas at these new locations. They asked me to put together a short film of the regular features such as the spawning dives, aggregations, Blue Corner, Blue Holes, German Channel etc to begin with, which you can see here:

All the underwater stuff is shot on the Canon 5D3 running Magic Lantern  capable of outputting 4K Raw footage.

Aerials were shot using the DJI Inspire 1, hand launched and caught from the bow of the boat during the surface intervals.

For the editing I looked at a different aspect ratio this time. 2.35:1 instead of the usual 16:9 to see how it holds up over time and initially I like the look. To me it makes the screen bigger even though it’s actually smaller…..

Let me know in the comments section below what you think to the film and whether or not the 2.35:1 ratio works for this sort of thing.

Watch out for more media coming from this new collaboration as well as views from new as yet undisclosed sites around Palau.

 

Cheers

Richard