Tuesday, June 24, 2014

California 3D Project, Progress Report No. 9
Underwater shoot June 2014

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 Summer  is here and the kelp forest is thriving this year off California.  We made a few trips with Bob’s boat and captured nice footage of a bright orange Garibaldi fish with his rocky-reef nest.  This still photo is a frame grab from our 3 D footage, it shows the male fish grooming his bed of algae on the rock face.  

We captured the dance of the male, complete with his distinctive come-hither clucking, which attracts a female.  We also got the egg-laying footage.

We got footage of Mr. Garibaldi removing intruders from his nest area.

Still photo of Bob Cranston with genuine 3 D rig in housing, by Johnny Friday.
Bob@bobcranston.com               cell phone 858-395-3591         www.digital3Dsea.com

California 3D Wild Project, Progress report No.8
Underwater shoot MAY 2014
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Last week wild fires raged in San Diego County, and one fire was stopped
 just a few miles from our home, thanks to California firefighters.
 We expect to be back in the ocean shooting 3D footage of 7-gill sharks next week.
About a week ago, Howard and I were out looking for sharks when this huge black sea bass came up to us.  The 300-pound fish is a wonderful 3 D subject.
He was fearless and curious and watched us for about 20 minutes. He might have been seeing his own reflection in the beam splitter 3d mirror. Those little white flecks on his head and back are parasites. These still pics are by Howard Hall.
The rich life in our California kelp forests never disappoint.  Stand by, we  
 hope to send photos of Seven–gill sharks in our next report. Bob@bobcranston.com

Thursday, May 22, 2014

California 3d Progress Report No.7

California 3D Project, Progress report No.7

Underwater shoot April 2014

If you are following our http://digital3dsea.blogspot.com/ you might want to know what happened with the squid eggs.  We were able to shoot 3d macro of squid eggs hatching. Marry Lynn Price has edited this into our 3d reel.
The massive field of squid eggs we shot in late 2013 hatched out and the sandy bottom returned to normal, not a trace of squid.  See at http://www.red.com/news/epic-dragon-goes-underwater-with-bob-cranston-and-johnny-friday
This past week we got with the Blue and Mako sharks off San Diego.
Photo of Bob Cranston with the 3 D rig is by Howard Hall. 
A small but bold Mako shark came in for a look.

Got wonderful footage of other-worldly Comb Jellies, they are a perfect subject in 3d.

This creature is called a Beroid Ctenophore, and is one of the biggest examples that Bob has ever seen.

On our last expedition we also got 3 D footage of salp chains, another alien – like creature. These salp will grow larger, and by summer we will be out there getting footage of the equally strange Mola Mola feeding on the salp.  There is no shortage of great 3 D subjects right off our coast, here in California.

During the past year, in 2013, the prices on  some components making up the Gates Deep Atom Kit dropped significantly, for instance the RED Epic camera and 3ality Atom rig.  So 2014 rental pricing at  www.digital3dsea.com has been lowered to meet this market reality. Ask for a new quote for your project.
 Bob Cranston 858 395 3591  bob@bobcranston.com