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Orcas approach swimmer at Hahei Beach, New Zealand

This is the original amazing drone footage I shot at Hahei Beach, New Zealand.

Filmed on 4 December at Hahei Beach on the Coromandel peninsular, New Zealand. I was watching a pod of orcas swimming up the beach, I saw a swimmer swimming along shore directly towards them, at this point I asked my partner to get my mobile phone as I wasn’t sure what would happen and I may have to call for help. The orcas circled her and she got quite the fright. She then got out the water as she was only 20m from shore. Some on lookers chatted to her about the experience and then to my surprise she got back into the water and swam back towards the pod, to I assume continue her training swim. I then launched the drone and filmed from a fair distance away making sure not to disturb the pod of orcas. What I witnessed was truly amazing.

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5 Surf Photography HACKS in 50 Seconds, that you’ll actually use!!

These are 5 surf photography hacks I use frequently when I’m shooting in the water. Ok sure some are not exactly hacks but more so tips that help you get clear, sharp awesome shots.

1.) Candle wax on lens port to shed water droplets
I have used this tip to shed water off the lens port for 3 years, the candle wax works the best. I have used surf wax and car wax but the simple white candle wax seems to be the right consitancy to buff out and still allow clear shots. The wax lasts for about 40min in the water, I still use a wet suit sleeve to wipe excess water off the lens.

2.) Taking split shots with dome port
So I always get asked how do you take those 50/50 split shots, and the answer is with a dome. Now the further the dome is away from the lens the sharper the water line will be.

3.) Camera settings for sharp photos
So this tip is obviously subjective, but I have found these settings to work the best from most days with sunshine. Your settings will change if you need to acheive different styles of shots but these settings get sharp photos everytime.

1/2000, f5.6, iso auto 100-1600, shutter bust high, white balance Sunny, Autofocus AI servo.

4.) Backdoor floaty mouth mount
I have used the backdoor floaty as a mouth mount for 6 years now. It allows you to also have a board or camera mount allowing you to get POV footage andboard footage in one session.

5.) Water drops on lens. Leave water drops on lens port to give added bokeh dreamy look
So I figured this tip out after the wax stoped sheeding water off the lens port. If there is the right about of water drops on the lens prot you get a great bokeh effect/ dreamy feel to your photos. Use cuatiously as you can have to many drops on the lens and get blury shots.

I hope these tips help you out. Be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel as I will be making more of these style videos.

See you out in the water.

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Travelling across New Zealands South Island in a Motorhome

Heading through the South Island in New Zealand was an incredible experience and should be on everyone’s road trip travel list.

I have traveled the South Island before on a bicycle five years ago, but not in a motorhome.

We stopped at the popular destinations such as Mt Cook, Wanaka, Queenstown and Milford sound. These places are popular for good reason they are absolutely stunning.

I bought my camera and water housing along on this trip and put it to good use in Dunedin. Once we met up with local surf named JC, we put on our thick wet suits and swam out for a surf session. The water was cold at around 10 degrees with an air temperature at 5 degrees. Luckily the sun was out which made it a little be easier to jump in. We got some great waves and photos at two surf spots around Dunedin.

Surf photography in Dunedin.