Outex Helps João Carlos create the Shot for HI FLY #Flythechange


The last couple of months

The last couple of months have been amazing and non stop  busy , its not always easy to break away from my crazy schedule and find the time to share  a little behind the scenes of my most current projects, after my last post went live, I hade a ton of emails and messages asking me to share more about the project I shot for Hi Fly airline  follow the link to get caught up, you can’t really read this post without reading that post. So in this post, I am going to dive a little further into the creative and technical aspect of this campaign. One of the major dificultues we had to overcome was the integration of images of the models taken in the studio with stock images or plate images taken by me on location in sunny Portugal, one of the key peaces of the kit to really make a difference was my Outex underwater camera housing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First encouter with Outex

I first discovered Outex at last year’s PhotoExpoPlus in New York and it automatically struck me as one of the most interesting pieces of gear at the trade show. After intriguing first conversation with the company’s CEO – JR, I was pretty sure that I needed this as a part of my kit. I have shot underwater in the past, but because of the constant updating of camera systems, like switching from hasselblad to Fuji. I felt it wasn’t worth the investment of upgrading my previous underwater housing which was pigeon held to a specific camera system. One of the first things that really jumped at me from seeing Outex was the possibility of using the same housing with multiple camera brands and models.

 

My first shoot with Outex

I almost always shoot stills with my medium format Fujifilm GfX50S, the giant files it creates are perfect for this style of composite images. The fact that I can very easily use my medium format in conjunction with my Outex underwater camera housing makes it a really valueable feature of my kit.


The objective of this canpaign was to photograph six HiFly Cabin Crew memebers dressed in full uniform having alot of fun whilst, either Boogie Boarding in Bali, Kite Surfing in Europes largest saltwater lagoon, snorkeling in the Maldives, surfing giant waves or sailing blue oceans, all this with huge smiles all around and with the purpose of sharing awareness, HiFly leads the change in the airline industry becoming the first airline to be single-use plastic-free by the end of 2019.

Fujifilm GFX with the Profoto Connect inside OutexSomething that I found out by trying it out is that my GFX50S fits inside the Outex housing with an attached Profoto Conncet flash trigger to it. This alone expands the possibilities of the Outex system by so much.

Product Description:

Waterproof any camera with professional results. The Outex Pro Kit works with ALL Mirrorless, DSLR, Canon, Nikon, Sony cameras and more! Trust the best underwater camera housing used by professionals around the world.  Take your camera in the water, wind, sand, snow, or mud. Lightweight, strong, and durable. Fits in your gear bags for easy airline, backpacking, kayaking, hiking, or however you travel.

What ships with your kit:

  • Outex cover
  • Front glass
  • Rear glass with attachment
  • Strap Holder
  • Neck Strap
  • Wrist Strap

Pro Kit Features:

  • Works with virtually all cameras
  • Front & Rear glass optics for professional results
  • Complete access and control of all camera and lens functions
  • Upgradeable to all Outex add-ons, such as tripods, tethering, lighting, etc.
  • Waterproof to 10 meters/33 feet underwater

Available Add-ons:

  • Dome kit
  • Pistol grip
  • Wrist strap
  • Tripod cover
  • Data cover
Setting up Outex on My Fujifilm GFX with my assistant
Here is a sequence of images of me putting on the Outex housing on my GFX50s.

Critical Components of Installation:
1. Cover lip is evenly distributed around the base of the inner flange of the Outex glass rings – around the base of the circumference.

Mounting on Outex on my Fujifilm GFX

Mounting on Outex on my Fujifilm GFX 5

2. Apply the L-shaped middle O-ring facing the right direction. The O-Ring acts as the “female” match to the Cover lip’s “male”. So the O-Ring opening faces downward towards the cover, creating the seal.

Mounting on Outex on my Fujifilm GFX 2
Mounting on Outex on my Fujifilm GFX 43. When threading/tightening the seal with the outer ring, create the pressure on the Outex parts, not the camera or lens. For example, on the front glass, one hand should hold the inner (inside the cover portion attached to the lens) portion of the flange, and the other hand should be holding the outer ring that threads onto it. This way you are applying pressure onto the seal, and not to the lens itself. The same applies on all/any of the Outex seals.

Mounting on Outex on my Fujifilm GFX 34. Always conduct the water test in a sink, tub, bucket, pool, or similar calm body of water if you’re submerging the camera for use. This will confirm that your installation is correct. If you see continuous escaping air bubbles, repeat the sealing around the affected area (steps 1-3).

We have added some of my favorite images in the post that I really like hte overall look and feel of.

 

Giving some directions to my subject before we start the action.
Giving some directions to my subject before we start the action.
I am not afraid of water splashes, because Outex is protecting my camera.
I am not afraid of water splashes, because Outex is protecting my camera.
I am able to shoot safely really close to the water level.
I am able to shoot safely really close to the water level.
I was really enjoying my first time shooting with the Outex system.
I was really enjoying my first time shooting with the Outex system.
We used a lot of the water droplets and splashes from the following images to cut out and place in the composites allowing for a better organic post-production.
Outex is actually designed to serve as underwater housing, but the fact that it is light, compact and gives a true weather sealing to your camera makes it the perfect piece of gear to use when shooting in harsh for the camera situations, like stormy weather, really close to the waterline, the color run festival and anything involving dust and water.







Briefly going through the images after the shoot.
Briefly going through the images after the shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fujifilm GFX with Outex and the Profoto Connect on the left and my Fujifilm X-H1 which we used to film the BTS video with to the right.
The Fujifilm GFX with Outex and the Profoto Connect on the left and my Fujifilm X-H1 which we used to film the BTS video with to the right.
Downloading and backing up while we were packing up all the gear back.
Downloading from my Sandisk cards and backing up in my G-Tech drives while we were packing up all the gear back.

GEAR LIST

Fujifilm GFX 50S 
FUJINON LENS GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR;
Outex Pro Kit;
Sandisk SD Cards;
ThinkTank Naked Shapeshifter 17 V2.0;
ThinkTank-SKB Hard Case;
G-DRIVE Mobile SSD;
G-DRIVE ev ATC HDD.

I would like to say an enormous Thank You to Diogo Dabadie and the rest of the crew from Escola de Vela da Lagoa de Obidos for all of there assistants and support in craeting th images above and another big thanks to the team over at Outex. 

 

 


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