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Loy Krathong

We recently celebrated Loy Krathong on Koh Tao. The celebration took place in Mae Haad by the pier. The energy was invigorating as the Koh Tao community joined together to celebrate this beautiful, luminous festival. In Thai, "loy" means "to float" and "krathong" is a basket adorned with flowers. Normally  a candle, and incense that is set out to sea accompanied by an lock of hair or small coins. This ritual pays respect and gives thanks to the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Kong Ka. Many also hold the belief that as the krathong float away, so does misfortune and bad energy.

Every year on the evening of the twelfth lunar month, Thailand shines with glowing lanterns floating up in to the sky and ornate krathongs floating out to sea. Koh tao gleamed with tranquil lighting, as the community watched dazzling dance performances on stage. It was a peaceful, harmonious evening, as everyone came together to celebrate and wished for good fortune. Smells of delicious Thai food wafted over children's smiling faces, wide-eyed watching performers. Families gathered around lanterns and released their prayers into the sky. I felt blessed to be able to capture these moments of families, friends, and loved ones on film. It was a beautifully cathartic evening. I feel good energy coming our way!

Grace and the Duke

Grace Gadston former trainee and employee at The Film Co. continues her underwater media career as she assist with with UK underwater production company under the guidance of Simon Lodge of Lodge Scuba. She had the privilege of filming, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, as he became president of BSAC taking on the role from his father the Prince of Wales.

See if you spot her;). The footage and her photographs also featured extensively in the worlds press.

And as featured on the BBC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFcitymSW-U

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2685964/What-earth-does-THAT-mean-Prince-Charles-left-baffled-described-buff-1970s-diving-days-delight-sniggering-William.html

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014070919825/prince-william-bsac-president-queen-initiative/

http://radaronline.com/photos/prince-william-scuba-diving-photos/photo/692031/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-william-dons-scuba-diving-3835288

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/487741/Prince-William-goes-scuba-diving

Recsea on Koh Tao

On May 20th and 21st Recsea representative A.J Saito visited Koh Tao, to dive with The Film Company and Ban's Diving Resort.

We where fortunate enough to be able to test out some of their great new housings and view some prototypes that Recsea has in the pipeline, aswell as to try out their new lights.

The lights the RML-18650 mini 1000lm, 300 meter rated LED's are compact and well made with aluminium housing double o-ring seal and twist on off controls. At a 1000lm the lights are powerful and reliable, using four with a video rig granted more than enough illumination and the batteries on constantly for a 60 minute dive where still going strong despite not having time to re-charge fully between our dives. Also great as a handheld primary their powerful beam has no "hotspots" and provides a great overall coverage.

The RDH-C70D for the Canon EOS 70D was also on our test list with the RUWM - 4.3in Video Monitor. The RDH-C70D comes in two models the standard and the fixed dual grip model. both housings are surprising compact and lightweight. And even when combined with the RUWM video motor where hugely manoeuvrable and slightly negative once in the water. We used the  AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fisheye lens with the Recsea Dome Port SLDPM-170.

The Video Monitor is again rated to 100 meters and is a great tool for the under water videographer. The monitor comes with a choice of either a ball or YS mount* and a choice of E/O, SEA CONN or SubConn connectors*. (*These must be specified at order). The monitor shade is well thought out and provides substantial glare control and operation is simple and easily adjusted. With a separate power supply this means that the dive time for both the camera and monitor is significantly increased when in video mode.

We where highly impressed with the results from the Recsea and will be posting our film here shortly.

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