Freediving with a couple of hundred Mobula near La Paz in the Sea of Cortez: It took us a while to perfect our strategy to get decent shots of the Mobula from the side and front rather than only from behind. It was a fun day and we are impressed by the diversity of the Sea of Cortez.
Technical Set up:
– Nauticam Weapon LT Housing
– Nauticam WACP (Wide Angle Converter Port)
– Camera: RED Monstro 8K VV, Full Frame
– Lens: Canon 28mm with Keldan Red Filter for shallow waters
– Lights: Keldan 8X with Ambient Filters for shallow waters
Shot in 6K 75fps // edited and rendered in 4K 25fps
Special note: The conditions are very difficult to shoot in. The visibility is very low and there are often backlight shots. The mobula move from a very bright background to a dark background in the same shot, exposure is difficult and manual focusing on the moving objects as well. We are impressed by the optical quality of the Nauticam WACP (Wide Angle Converter Port) which not only converts the 28mm by 0,36 to a 10,08 mm lens but also doesn’t show major blur in the edges even at 3,5 aperture. In addition the RED Monsto 8K VV appears to reproduce the highlights very well and keeps a lot of detail (especially in the surface in the background). The combination of the Nauticam Weapon LT Housing with the WACP and the RED Monster is in our opinion the most powerful combination for underwater filming and even very good to handle while filming on breathold.
Idea, Camera, Edit: Florian Fischer
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