Now you see ‘em; now you see ‘em even better. At least this is how you will see underwater fish videos in the near future.
That’s the word from marine artist and photographer/videographer Marc Montocchio.
He contacted me recently to tell me about an exciting new technique that will reveal far more detail in fishes’ movements than could ever be seen in videos to date.
That in itself didn’t surprise me. Montocchio has quickly become known as a pioneer in video techniques to capture images of fish and boats in striking scenes (e.g. a full-page shot of tarpon jumping at night, lit up by a 360-bank of floodlights around it on page 49 in Sport Fishing’s July/August 2012 issue).
Montocchio showed me this short clip taken with a GoPro, noting that the same footage was being shot in a new way, and in April you’ll be able to compare this versus the new high-tech footage.
I asked Montocchio for an idea — in terms even I might understand — if just what will give this video its clarity of motion. He explains:
“The teaser above was shot with a GoPro camera mounted just above the dome port of the main camera housing. We are using a new Sony HD camera that shoots slow motion. Instead of the normal speed of 24 frames per second, this camera is shooting 240 frames per second. So when played back at the standard 24-frame-per-second rate, it's 10 times slower than normal time. It shows every little detailed move of both sails and bait fish. The footage will be used in a short film for Shearline Boatworks as part of their series on Shearline boat owners and their custom boats. It follows my previous video, "The Road To a Jericho" about the wooden skiff of Larry Wilson. This video will be about the Struyk brothers, Curtis and Rus, and their 61-foot Piracy traveling to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to look for sailfish.”
Montocchio has promised SF’s audience first look at the amazing new video just before its April release, so be watching this blog spot!