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.
When you hear "reef restoration", you likely tend to think about coral reefs and other underwater habitats in places like Australia or in South America, but the fact is that there are reefs of all different kinds (not just coral) throughout the world's oceans that are monitored, restored, and protected.
CamDo customer, Dr. Jon Svendsen with the Danish National Institute of Aquatic Resources, is part of one of these reef restoration projects, and recently shared the underwater time lapse footage from his team's current Marine Habitat Restoration project.
There are a few things synonymous with the town of Tofino, on Canada’s West Coast, including but certainly not limited to: surf culture, the rugged coastline, rain, refreshing, cold waters, Shelter Restaurant, Tacofino, Hot Springs, fishing and we bet that the newly opened Shed Restaurant becomes one, too!
The construction time lapse footage of Shed Restaurant featured in this blog was captured over 5 months using our purpose-built ShootX time lapse camera and CloudX Pro for remote monitoring of the construction site.