Filmed on Sony HDR-XR550VE
This video was filmed back in September 2010 to test out the new housing for my Sony HDRXR-550VE and hopefully film a few Sea Dragons as well. Being accustomed to the warm waters of the Northern Territory, I had nothing but difficulty adjusting to the seemingly freezing 15 degree water. The night dive was done solo with my brother Andrew on the nearby Dromana Jetty in case I ran into any trouble. Other than the incredibly cold water that gave me a painful headache and made my hands numb, the only potential problem was, as I entered the water I nearly face-planted into a stingray. I would have stayed in to try and film the elusive Dumpling Squid and Cannibalistic Octopus which I had seen there before, but the water was so cold the danger of hypothermia was very real and I’m sure it would have only taken another five minutes in the water for it to take effect- even with my full body wetsuit. As this trip was experimental in many ways it took a few dives to figure out the weighting of my camera and housing and stabilize it enough to get good, shake free footage. The turbulence was also a big issue and I was limited to breath-hold diving. So there were a few technical issues that were eventually ironed out but I am pleased with the results. Send us your comments.
LED Lenser Frogman is an excellent dive torch that has proven itself as a great underwater spotlight.