Author Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is a Director of Photography specializing in adventure and outdoor video productions. He travels the world shooting and producing television shows, documentaries, and the occasional corporate video.

Pelagic Black Water Diving Part 2 – Shooting Video on Pelagic Black Water Dives

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This article is an attempt at sharing some of what I learned while shooting video on a couple of pelagic black water dives in Kona, Hawai’i. Before going on the dive, I found several great articles about pelagic black water photography. While similar, video and photos are certainly different in their own rights. Not to diminish the amazing work of underwater photographers, but video poses unique challenges that photography does not. For these dives, I was shooting on a Sony a7S II with Ikelite housing and two Light & Motion Sola 2000 video lights. If you’re new to pelagic black…

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Pelagic Black Water Diving: My First Impressions

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With all the dive adventures available around the world, it’s hard to pin down one as the “ultimate dive”. Each offers something unique and fascinating. However, there is one that stands out above the rest with an unrivaled experience that can only be described as other worldly – the pelagic black water dive. I was fortunate enough to be hired for a shoot on the Big Island of Hawai’i (I know, tough job, right?). Not willing to pass up the opportunity, I booked my travel home a week after the shoot was scheduled to wrap. The pelagic black water dive…

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