I finally got into land of rising sun and was traveling there for two weeks.
Statue from Hiroshima
Here you can find the pictures that I took during my two weeks.
In overall Japan was very nice place for travelling, specially when you had Train Pass that gives you unlimited travel during chosen period. I had this pass for 14 days and I have to say that it’s worth of every euro. Totally I traveled something like 2500 kilometers during my stay.
I started in Osake where my flights went. I had in plane change in Istanbul that made my total flight time about 18 hours. I know there is also direct flights but they are way more expensive that these. After Osaka I went to Kyoto, Tokio, Sendai, Hiroshima, Himeji and visited Kobe and Okayama for a day.
I have to admit taking my Canon 5dmk3 and several lenses are very tiring(heavy), specially when I was sick in some stomach flu after the flights to Osaka. I’m pretty sure that I got it from airplane but there is no way to be sure. For that reason I didn’t get so many pictures from Osaka.
For those who are wondering to go there I have to say it’s pretty safe place. Of course anything can happen but at least for me luckily nothing bigger happened. Not so many people still don’t speak English there, some do but there is also several ones that don’t at all. Still Japanese people were very helpful and I did managed to solve all the problems and questions pretty easily.
There will be new one day on earth 12.12.12 so I invite you to participate on that
from everywhere in the world but for now you can check out the film that
they made on 10.10.10. Some of my footage is also included there.
I made post from Snake River Prototyping flat lens fix, although there are now similar ones like Backscatter, the snake river is still the one of the most interesting ones. I currently own two snake river flat ports and have been very happy with them. Actually I participated to the Eilat Red Sea Underwater competition only using GoPro cameras. Well, I did not won anything, I was still very happy to the quality of the pictures that I got from there. In all those pictures I used Snake River Prototyping BlurFix flat port with attached SWCY or CY filters. The color filters makes big difference in underwater because otherwise the it will easily clip the red from the video material totally and no post prosessing will get that back.
What I find interesting in the the tray as the called is there are so many possibilities to attach the camera. The only worry I have is that as the camera is attached front of the handles is similar as you would hold the camera with stick, even with both hands. I hope that I will have a change to test it. I would like to make some comparison then between the rigs that I have and theirs. For travellers like me this will be at least very interesting because of the simple design and as it very light(1.7 lbs/0.8kg) and that is including the camera.
The introductory price is 129.99 $, and it seems that the final price will be 150$
Here is their example video using the tray and some color filters
I finally got two new GoPro Hero HD cameras. And tested them in 3D housing. So far it seems to be working somehow but at least not fully. Those new video modes are not working with 3D housing and there is some strange turn on problems like in one case the second camera didn’t turned on and in one case it didn’t started the second camera recording. You still can use them but I think it’s better to wait for firmware update.
As for the camera itself seems to be very nice and the new LCD display is much better. It basically shows all the same things than the back display if you have one. The menu structure is actually changed a bit, still haven’t decided is it better or worse. I haven’t tested so much the camera in low light situation but I need to do it. The modes have been improved a lot as there are more modes now that just video and time-lapse mode.
I just wanted to inform interesting solution that Snake River Prototyping is offering. Their solution is small metal that will replace the original holder of the lens from GoPro housing. This solution makes possible to attach basically any 55mm filter in front of the lens. In most cases this is not so important but as underwater you easily lose your reds without external light. Some of these filters makes possible to boost up those reds and got nice video even without lights. Sadly this is only for single cameras, not for 3D housing. I have one that I need to test, but currently waiting for better waters…