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New dates for the Koh Tao Festival - 18-19th June

Once again the Koh Tao Festival is on it's way to Koh Tao, having been postponed slightly this year due to elections. This year the Festival moves to June 18th & 19th in celebration of the anniversary of his majesty King Rama IV's first visit to Koh Tao over 114 years ago and apparently this will be it's new annual date.

The Koh Tao Festival is an event organised by the Save Koh Tao and the local community. And represents the culmination of a years activities and celebrates the good work done on the island. Two nights of international live music and DJ's on two stages will entertain the crowds. Who will be feed and watered by local vendors.

The festival is much moor than just a party though it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of problems facing our island and participation in local observation efforts, for locals visitors.

The days leading up to the main two nights include releases of juvenile or rehabilitated sea turtles, the introduction of baby giant clam nurseries, beach clean ups, host lectures and much much more.

So get yourself to Koh Tao for the 18th & 19th of June and join in the fun!!!

Perfect Buoyancy

Without a camera, scuba diving on its own is an experience in itself, surrounded by an abundance of life from another world, in less than minutes you've been captivated by the elements around you. The fish, coral, sand formations, pinnacles and the biggest thrill that seems to take everyones heart first is the 3 dimensional world.

Gravity is obviously present, however we are able to use it to our advantage at our own leisure. Using the air we've stollen from the surface gives us the ability to 1.) breathe and 2.) adjust our buoyancy and move almost like we are flying. These are the simple facts anyone learns on day 1, but to actually put these two into perfect practice, for most people, takes hundreds of dives. Perfect buoyancy for scuba diving comes with control, steady breathing and relaxation. Put a camera in your hands and everything goes to pot! Remember in school you'd practice rubbing your head then tapping your tummy at the same time? try adding the hula and your 8 times table as well. Takes a few goes!

Diving is my passion, anyone who knows me knows that. I love making movies, short films, pictures… anything! The fact I can combine these two together is my dream. Get me in the water with a camera and I'll film anything. What always enhances my love for these two is the dimensions I'm engrossed in when I'm diving and then watching the result of my underwater filming back. For example, part of a dive site, Twin Peaks, Koh Tao which we go to regularly has a 'Buoyancy World' north of the site. It has obstacle courses for the students to practice their buoyancy skills with. Within this is a concrete statue of a dinosaur around 2meters high and 2and a half long. A shot which I use at The Film Company starts on the sand at his tail and swim upwards towards the head following the line of his back, as I approach the bottom of its neck I lean over onto my side then to my back while swimming around, under then eventually over the statues head to create a 3D perception of what this sculpture actually looks like.

 

The mechanics of this shot is THE reason why i love this job with my utmost passion. If you think back to the last film you watched, there may have been a scene with a 'swooping' camera shot from a great hight down to the subjects of the film. That shot was created by using heavy machinery, large cranes, days of planning with precise operations.

For me to create the same effect, when filming underwater all i need is 1.) ME, 2.) MY CAMERA oh and SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT- Bish-Bash-Bosh!

 

 

PADI Pro Underwater Cinematographers go POP for PADI

600 wide pop for PADI

PADI Pro Underwater Cinematographers - Marco, Grace, Chelle and Kenji got caught off guard whilst waiting to have their photograph taken for our facebook page!

The Team 2013 thanks PADI

The Photo is to say thank you to Tim Hunt, PADI Regional Manager for is support and the great PADI t-shirts the team are sporting. THANKS TIM - Thanks PADI

Planet Scuba, Episode Two

Following on from last weeks episode from Planet Scuba we follow up with the Instructor Team, Winny, Sacott, Matz and Jason as they teach the Hong Kong Team in a confined water session.

It's important to the Planet Scuba staff that sessions are safe and informative but also that the students are able to relax and enjoy the learning experience.

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