A Very Special Underwater Video
Many see Bali as the Land of the Gods, dominated by ricefields, beautiful beaches and numerous temples. Divers know better. For them, Bali has some of the best dive sites in the world. And now, a new film by renowned underwater photographer Evan Sherman has provided photographic proof of this, with a stunning, cinematic montage of muck diving at its best.
Entitled Bali Close Up, it is simply that: A rapid continuous sequence of extremely close-up images of the creatures we normally encounter when muck diving in Tulamben, at the northeastern region of Bali. Although the animals are not uncommon, it is how the images are put together – one after the other – coupled with that up-close-and-personal feel, that makes the video so fascinating to watch. Add to that, the dramatic music accompaniment matches the sequential editing of the film; so what you get is a video that is a simply must-see!
After a short intro the underwater scenes start at about 0.55
Diving in Bali
To fully explore Bali and its diving, plan a trip that takes you to the northeast and northwest. And be sure to chalk up some exploring above-land as well. As you ride the waves on the south coast – some as high as seven metres – be sure to aslo travel to the Balinese sea up north where the seas can be as smooth as glass. Some notable dive sites in north and northeastern Bali include:
Menjangan Island: Located just off the coast of Bali's northwestern tip, this site offers a large diversity of underwater gems on intact, unspoilt coral, amid a breathtaking underwater landscape populated by the occasional big fish. It is 50 minutes from Pemuteran by boat.
Nusa Penida: Just eight kilometres east of Bali, in the Strait of Lombok, Nusa Penida is the largest island of a small archipelago. In the channels between the islands, the waters are just three to seven knots, and the temperature is 21 to 24 degrees. Ideal for experienced divers, the currents are fast and visibility excellent. Look out for big fish here.
Northeast Bali caters to all divers, whether their fancy is big fish or muck diving. Amidst the intact flora and fauna here, this area is also the perfect venue for macrophotography.
Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specialises in underwater imaging. Based out of Orange County California, Seasick Productions provides on location and studio production services around the world.
Evan’s first dive with a camera, he fell in love with underwater videography. His second dive with a camera, he flooded it. He was 19 and had already learnt a critical lesson about life as a professional underwater cameraman: passion fuels the artist, tools allow the artist to be. Evan later received his B.A. in Film and Electronic Media from California State University Long Beach. Evan’s professional underwater credits include television networks, Fortune 500 companies and numerous entities within the dive industry.
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