CamDo customer Ahmad Allahgholi shared with us his initial stages of filming an 8 month time lapse with a GoPro underwater camera setup. As the founder and director of coralive.org, Ahmad is interested in filming the growth of corals on an artificial reef, which he built to help them grow stronger and faster.
Following his passion for underwater photography, Ahmad chose to use the Blink and GoPro HERO4. The setup will be attached to the artificial reef where he will be able to document the long process of coral growth through the coming months.
Ahmad notes some of the hurdles he went through prior to shooting, as filming underwater comes with its own struggles:
“Well, I already destroyed 2 prototypes, as the GoPro housing broke and leaked. So bringing electricity 100m far and keeping the whole thing dry for 6-8 months. Oh, and the algae off the front lens.“
These are just a few of problems one might encounter when shooting below the surface. Having the right setup is key to working around those obstacles. And as a tip for aspiring underwater photographers:
“Use extra amount of marine epoxy clay.“
The project is set to start in May. We hope to see more from coralive.org and update on the footage once it's complete by the end of the year.
Ahmad Allahgholi has been in marine conservation since 2011, having served as a project manager for a Philippine NGO on coral reef restoration, MPA Management and alternative livelihood. He has a master’s degree in “Sustainable Natural Resource Management” with a thesis in “Coral Reef Restoration” from the United Nation’s mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. The website is www.coralive.org.
Our customers have diverse needs. So we built versatile, highly customizable products that can be deployed anywhere: on a massive construction site, beneath the ocean's surface, spanning seasons in the backcountry ...and even in Antarctica in sub-zero temperatures.
No matter where you place your kit, you can trust that your system will be easy to deploy, protected in a rugged enclosure, and cost-effective... with high quality 4K footage as a result. Below are some of our favorite customer projects from land, to sea, to sky, and everything in between.
A few years ago, we featured a project from CamDo customer Douglas MacAyeal, which featured a time lapse video that monitored an ice shelf in Antarctica to study ice shelf stability at McMurdo Station Antarctica.
We recently heard from Douglas that BlinkX will be used for another project in Antarctica. This time around, the location is the George VI Ice Shelf in Antarctica. They will be monitoring surface lakes that fill and drain as the polar seasons progress, as hundreds form here. They’ll be staying at a station called Fossil Bluff, which is run by the British Antarctic Survey.