It was so much fun shooting Nick Clifford after his stage cave course with Mauro Bordignon, Cave World. We had over 200,000 lumens of light to play with in some absolutely beautiful cave off the beaten path!! Hope to see you soon Nick, you did a great job for your first shoot!
Cenote Carwash was back to it’s more normal self after a lot of heavy rain made it rather tannic! This was an excellent opportunity to play around with and test some sequence ideas. Very excited to begin to shoot some safety orientated short films with Mauro, Cave World.
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 ☺
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!
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
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Here is the OFFICIAL trailer for “A Peace Within” – Out of Darkness into Light.
Philip Gray was dubbed ‘extreme artist’ after a number of expeditions he undertook to paint. He has travelled far and wide to places like Everest, Antartica and deep into the Borneo Rainforest just to name a few locations!
Last month he came here to Quintana Roo in Mexico with aims of capturing the Cenotes by painting UNDER WATER. This was not the first time he has painted under water and the Cenotes proved a different beast all together, even when compared to painting under an Ice Berg or with the Tiger Sharks of the Bahamas.
Meticulous logistical planning was undergone by ProTec DiveCenter to ensure that painting in the overhead environment was both safe and the conservation of the Cenotes was paramount. Over the week he was with us he produced several beautiful Canvas’ truly capturing the beauty of The Pit, Calavera (Temple of Doom), Casa Cenote and Cenote Carwash!
This trailer will be distributed throughout DeMontfort Fine Art Official galleries across the UK and Cruise Ships to launch his new collection “A Peace Within”.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to shoot and produce this project, something so far removed from anything else I have undertaken. It’s been a challenge, an invaluable experience and most of all A LOT of FUN!
The last, but by NO means least canvas of Philip‘s collection.
Today we went to Carwash, between the misty skeleton trees into the twilight zone to paint. I ADORE carwash, it’s not the first shoot I have done here and it certainly won’t be the last. I love sinking through the cloud layer to a scenery below that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale.
I will now be focusing of editing a documentary together for the foreseeable. Stay tuned!!
Tempted to say my favourite of the shoot so far! The diversity of the cenotes here is just incredible! Today we headed to Casa Cenote and in Philip‘s words “the light beams are almost biblical”. To be honest this is such an aesthetic dive site and providing conditions are right as it’s connects straight into the ocean it really is hard to take a bad shot!
We shot at Calavera for the third canvas in the collection, otherwise know as the ‘Temple of Doom”. This was a more challenging shoot as the painting sat in the halo-cline and so a lot of the shots were hard to focus. The visibility wasn’t at it’s best and the beams not at their brightest. These things happen when your shooting on location and have no control over the elements and nature. Only two paintings left, and Philip has chosen Carwash and Casa Cenote.