Underwater Shoot


I've always wanted to shoot underwater, if for nothing but fun. I absolutely love being in water in any form and love me some film, so I've always wanted to combine the two. I picked up a really cheap ($40) DiCAPac generic DSLR underwater enclosure (more of an underwater "bag") and shoved the GH2 in it. I have to say, in regards to the bag anyway, I was very happy with the results. It could have looked a lot better, but that wasn't the bags fault. I was planning on 1. externally lighting the pool, and 2, being able to use my f/1.7 pancake on the GH2 wide open, to stay as light sensitive as possible. Well, the bags one downfall is the lens port is just long enough, that with the pancake lens on the camera, the bags lens port extended far past the end of the lens and you could see the port in the shot. I can't attribute fault to the bag though, the GH2 with the inch long f/1.7 pancake is probably the smallest setup anyone would ever use in this bag by far. It was also a wide ass lens, which didn't help. So I was forced to put my f/3.5 on the cam and shoot with that, as the lens was more than twice as long and cleared the port. Also, by the time we showed up, I didn't have time to externally light the pool, leaving just the one underwater light as our single source of illumination.

This all added up to me having to shoot at 1280 ISO, and the GH2 is not known for being clean. It's hard to spot any horrible noise in the resultant clip (at least on youtube), but the main hassle was that now I didn't have the image headroom to pull as much skintone and neutral balance back as I would have liked. The image right off the cam was essentially completely blue. I didn't have anything on me to do a proper underwater white balance, so I balanced as best I could. I shot a couple RAW frames underwater and found out that the underwater light was sitting around 5500K, with more than +93 magenta shift needed in ACR to get rid of the blue cast from the water. So, I pulled as much tone back as I could but of course that really brought the noise out.

Overall a great time was had, I got shooting underwater out of my system (not really, must do again), and for $40, I have nothing bad to say about the DiCAPac. I followed the instructions extremely carefully, tested it in the bathtub before putting a camera in it, and while shooting we occasionally checked for any leaks. During a few hours of shooting, not a single drop ever entered the bag. Great purchase! Watch the result below -