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Month: January, 2018

The Alki Outfalls – 02 – Finding the Storm Sewer

When I first saw this pipe, I was shocked. A second pipe on our beach?? I’ve only seen it once or twice since then, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when it was hard to find.

When I did finally figure out where it was, it was deeper than I expected. I tangled myself in the float and rope trying to drop the anchor to the new depth, a sign of how cold I was getting. On my first trip down to the pipe, I could feel the cold catching up to me, and turned back for the boat.

Later on, in a warm shower, I began to wonder what it would be like if the water was warmer here. Could I play all day and never get cold? Would I? Something to ponder, I guess.

And as a bonus, here’s all the starfish footage in real time.

The Alki Outfalls – 01 – Meeting the CSO

As I said, this is going to be a lot of me just messing around. The underwater portion of this was shot as one continuous 20 minute video. More than half of it was me swimming around and warming up, which is roughly the same ratio as in the final distilled product.

For some reason, I felt it was so important for me to leave in the anchor. I’d been trying to think of a way to film the outfall with me in the shot (I looked a few times for a place to clamp a camera on the actual outfall), and it only occurred to me later that I could use an anchor as a place to secure the camera. This is definitely something I’ll try out on the next one.

You’ll also notice some automatic color shifts during the underwater shots. This is something the GoPro does as it shifts from daylight to the green underwater. I’ll see if keeping the camera out of the daylight when I’m at the surface keeps the colors from switching back and forth as much. I’m also considering some red filters, but that’s a ways down the road.

ow that I’ve talked all about what I’m going to do on the next one, here it is, the first in what will hopefully be many videos about these terrifying holes in the deep.

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Fun fact: I did not know that sea lion was there until I was back at home watching the footage.

The Alki Outfalls – preview

For the past few months I’ve been taking a break from serious training and just trying to enjoy being in the water again. To focus my playtime a bit, I’ve come up with a project to work on – exploring two big sewer outfalls off our beach at Alki. This will give me a fun way to use GoPros and drones and boats and swimming to have a new little adventure just a few feet down from where I’ve been swimming these past few years.

I’m not a pro at this, so you’ll see lots of inconsistency in format, style, fonts, and general feel of the video. This is just me messing around, trying to find what works and what doesn’t. With any luck, they’ll get better over time.

Before I say to much, here’s the first short preview of what’s to come…