The Alki Outfalls – 01 – Meeting the CSO

by Andrew Malinak

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.