Set sail in the British Virgin Islands. The turquoise sea looks good enough to drink, but we bring provisions for a week anyways – enough to go island-hopping, shipwreck diving, and cave snorkeling. As night falls in a sea of anchor lights, I find myself surrounded by stars above and below.
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Scenes include Tortola Island, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Sandy Cay, Cooper Island, Trellis Bay, Anegada, the Bitter End Yacht Club, Foxy’s Taboo, the Indians, the Baths, snorkeling the caves at Norman Island, and diving the RMS Rhone shipwreck.
The BVI are a unique place, almost like an “island city of sailors.” At night, it’s quite a moment being surrounded by a dozen other boats in what resembles a neighborhood at sea. We lived on a 40-foot sailboat for a week – with just 3 people aboard, we had our hands full raising sails, hauling scuba tanks, cooking, and cleaning! Of course, we did have our share of problems. On our last night, we ran out of fresh water in the tanks as we realized we only filled one of the two tanks – so we bathed in drinking water and drank soda 🙂 On another day, I was in the water and the boat drifted off! Someone onboard performed a “quickstop crew-overboard maneuver” to pick me up. I remember yelling “Turn off the motor!” just in case, so the propeller wouldn’t grind me up 🙂
As for filming, the biggest challenge was keeping stuff dry. We fried our new Sony RX100 camera underwater in one of those ziploc-style camera bags 🙁 I shot with the Nikon D800 and the GoPro HD Hero2 (with Dive Housing) for underwater shots. For the GoPro, I occasionally attached the Backscatter Red Flip Magic Filter for white balance correction, and at deeper depths (10ft or greater) the colors came out nicely in my opinion. Underwater visibility in the BVI is so clear, amazing. Lenses include the 24mm f/1.4G Nikkor and 85mm f/1.8G Nikkor. Stabilized with Glidecam HD-2000 and cut in Premiere.
Music by Stephen Anderson.
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