Just a smidge over the moon with my new Panasonic GH5 S camera and Nauticam housing! 😍 We put it through it’s paces today pushing its ISO limits with a trial in a large cavern on Chinese Garden line in Cenote Tajma-Ha. It soars past my old GH4 in leaps and bounds in regards to low light … really excited to see what more it can do in the many ideas that are flowing already!
Marking all my little editing projects up to date … for now. Here is some stunning halocline, shot in Xunaan Ha! Alina and Simon did very well juggling lights for the first time and were very patient models … look forward to shooting more with you guys in the future. Tomorrow onto new projects at Cenote car wash with Bernadette ☺
Beautiful 3 hour DPV stage cave dive in Cenote Otoch-Ha today with Mauro, Cave World … It kind of reminded me a bit of Super Mario Kart – Rainbow Road #princesspeach #donkeykong #goprohero6#lightmonkeylights #fourthelement #santidiving #xdeep #bigbluelights#halcyondivesystems #suex #dpvcave #cavediving
Short compilation of Minotauro. The colours and formations in this cave are just beautiful … For a first video dive with lots of Big Blue Lights Nadia and Stefano did extremely well. Thank you for your application and patience it was a lot of fun!
I am very excited to kick off my new collaboration with Mauro Bordignon and his company cave world with this moody dark short compilation of a spectacular dive playing with the reflections in this cave system.
Sebastien Kister‘s MNemo has been a game changer in Harry’s exploration and surveying of “String of Pearls”. It was really interesting to see it being put through it’s paces today and how fast and easy it is to use. Here is a short clip demonstrating just that …
If you are interested to find out more about the surveying tool check out Ariane’s Line and stay tuned for the documentary Harry and I are producing about this cave system which will include an in depth feature about device and it’s use in cave exploration.Film and post-production Katy Fraser
Product design Sebastien Kister
Explorer Harry Gust Tek-Center Cave Diving Mexico
Lighting Christine Loew Diving Caves
Music Geno LeSage
So here we are! The first diary entry for my next exciting project …
In Feb I completed a TDI Mod 1 JJ CCR course with Matt Jevon. This is to prepare me to shoot Philip Gray on his next extreme art venture where he will paint China’s ‘Shi Cheng’ or the Lion City. This city is submerged in a fresh water lake, at 40m, with some buildings dating back 1000’s of years.
It is so beautifully preserved and I am very much looking forward capture Philip putting the City onto canvas and bringing it to life … Definitely will be a first!
Matt is in charge of the logistics and assembling the rest of the team comprising of safety divers for both Philip and myself, lighting, local logistics/translator and an on site technician.
I will be training in the UK, Ireland, Mexico and Egypt over the time leading up to the project.
Film and Post-production Katy Fraser, She Dives Tech, Underwater Performance Art
Shi Cheng Footage Wei Zhang unscuba.com/
Behind the scenes camera John Cafaro & Adriana Otero
Model Emily Hong
Music Bassline Drift soundcloud.com/basslinedrift
Logistics South West Technical Diving, Diving Prestige SA, Third Dimension Diving & ProTec DiveCenters
I am so grateful to be supported by JJ-ccr Rebreathers, Bold Strokes, Light Monkey, Xdeep, PolarPro and most recently Fourth Element in my daily dive gear/equipment and this project!
#chinaproject #extremeart #jjccr #unscuba #shedivestech #sunkencity #underwaterfilm #underwaterpainting #southwesttech #makeboldstrokes #xdeep #apeks #nauticam #panasonicgh4 #polarpro #lightmonkey #TDI #cenotes #mod1 #helitrox #fourthelement
Film and post production Katy Fraser
Behind the scenes camera Adriana Otero
Model Emily Hong
Location Diving Prestige SA
Music Lesage#underwaterperfomanceart #chinaproject #nauticam #polarpro#aurorafilters
Take a peak behind the scenes of last nights shoot for a Philip Gray Art project that will be announced later this week! Emily did an amazing job at her second go at modelling underwater. My life was made much easier with Yasmine positioning props and doing some lighting. Big thank you to Adriana for coming along to shoot behind the scenes on land and underwater.
It is also my pleasure to announce an exciting new collaboration with PolarPro who design and manufacture high end camera filters and accessories. I used one of their filters for the first time with my DJI MAVIC PRO and will be doing a series of review videos as I test out their products on my upcoming shoots! https://www.polarprofilters.com/
As always much love to Bassline Drift for providing me with a awesome custom track for the video.
Bassline Drift ‘Nature’ – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
This is the latest music video shot for Bassline Drift’s new single ‘Nature’.
Using two 15,000 lumen video lights at night and carefully selected material, the idea was to loosely depict the metamorphosis of a butterfly to create a visually pleasing sequence and story. Playing on reflection was the key to incorporating a butterfly theme that ties nicely in with the song title ‘nature’.
This shoot was a completely unique experience for me. It held lots of challenges as many times it went late into the night and working with material is a variable in itself! It was shot over four days at the amazing Diving Prestige Villa (www.divingprestige.com) earlier in the year. Although no special effects were used, the post production had to be meticulously done to produce not just an aesthetic motion picture, but also a piece that compliments both the flow of the music and weaves in music artists Keli and Sink.
SJ who was the model, assisted on my previous shoot with freediver and artist Naomi Gittoes who although could not be present has to be thanked for her huge role in the birth of these underwater music video shoots! I hope you can be here for the next 🙂 SJ is not a professional freediver but never the less did an amazing job with her perseverance in an extremely challenging role. It is no easy task to hold you breath upside down whilst manipulating your body and materials in an elegant and beautiful way! We spent many nights stitching material, practising in our little roof pool, freezing our butts off and laughing into the early hours trying to get the shots picture perfect. A big thank your for your invaluable role in the creation of this film.
Keli and Rachel throughout the editing were thoroughly engaged and involved. Their constant excitement and great creative input definitely helped to mould the film into what you see here. It is so amazing to be able to combine passions in our unlikely, unique, little collaboration and I can’t wait to do more work with you guys, you have become an invaluable part of my post production in all areas of my filming.
It was shot with a Panasonic GH4 with a 17-35mm lens in a Nauticam Housing and 2 x 15,000 Bigblue Dive Lights – USA Headquarters
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CAMERA
SJ Alice Bennett
SJ Alice Bennett
Diving Prestige SA
SJ Alice Bennett
Rachel Sink Lindsay