Tanya Burnett and I dived with Niccole Sherman's Team Yellow yesterday and Capt. Roger quickly put us on the mooring for dive no. 1, Eagle Ray Rock, a dive that's best done in the 75- to 100-foot range. You can drop over the wall and look for the creatures the site is named for -- we didn't encounter any, but the site was fishy, including a small schools of chromi and a couple of trumpetfish. Dive no. 2 was at Armchair, named for the reef's resemblance to a giant La-Z-Boy. Again, lots of fish and small stuff hiding in the reef's nooks and cracks.
The afternoon seminar was delivered by Tony Mark, an Emmy-winning filmmaker and videographer at Cathy Church's Photo Centre. Tony's presentation, "Tips and Techniques on Making Underwater Films," was designed to give attendees tips on what Tony calls "The Three P's": Pre-production, production and post-production. Tony's first suggestion is to think of underwater filming in terms of capturing moments. "Think about your storyline, and then think about putting the moments together to tell the story." Tony says these moments add up to sequences that are the building blocks for the film. He also gave helpful tips for laying down music, using transitions and how to position yourself while shooting underwater.
Tomorrow: The underwater poker run. This event purports to be one that helps improve your navigational skills as you gather cards from PADI team leaders serving as underwater dealers at four navigational points. But when the prize for the best poker hand is GoPro HD Hero2 camera, something tells me they'll be some shady maneuvering going on.