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Old 18 August 2008, 07:33   #1
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Why does it alwys look calmer in videos?

This was actually quite lumpy at the time. Why does it never look like it in vids? This was the run back from Udder Rock to Fowey after a bit of fishing. All credit to Liz for holding the camera as still as she did!
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Old 18 August 2008, 08:10   #2
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Yeh, I've found that too but on those occasions I think the sea isn't particularly rough, it's just wrong for the boat and rougher, bigger waves are a better ride.

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Eyes see stereographically. Cameras don't. So the images look comparatively flat.

I can remember looking at some special aerial shots taken with a stereographic camera a few years ago though a special viewer and it was quite amazing...
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Old 03 September 2008, 11:59   #4
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Must be calmer than it was in Ilfracome when i was there, i deduce this from the fact that the land doesnt dissapear when in the troughs! theres some pretty high cliffs there too..... the novelty of wave jumping at displacement speeds soon wore off
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I was there at the same time (on the end of the last video) and this was one of the calmer days that actually allowed you to get out of the harbour in any type of comfort.
On other days watched a few 30-40 ft yachts attempting to get out and turning back once they got out and in the rather large swell. The swell direction was straight at the mouth of Fowey.
Took a run out to Polperro on the 12th and getting back out of that bay was rather exciting (at least now it is, at the time it was a bit hairy to say the least and that was at about 6 knots) it was like being on a kids sea saw while someone hosed me down.
Added a few pictures for the hell of it one of Polperro on a calm day and the other of Trevose in the north of cornwall on a rougher day

Ps Is there a way to find the Sea State on any given day in the past?
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Big waves, small boat ;)
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Old 04 September 2008, 12:38   #6
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Ps Is there a way to find the Sea State on any given day in the past?
I use the Magicsaeweed site quite a bit for swell forcasts.

They have historic data going back 10 years for any given day.
They only show data for the sites they report/forcast for but Falmouth or whitsand bay should be somewhat similar to Fowey.

Only problem is that they do not appear ( or I have not found) to have 2007 or 8 data. I would think if you sent them a nice email they should be able to help.

Whitsand Bay 15th August Daily Surf History

could be worth asking
UK Met office or National Data Bouy Centre

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Old 07 September 2008, 03:54   #7
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Gopro camera

This footage is just for testing the camera that's attached to the boat. I've been looking around for a good system. Holding a video camera in your hand it's nearly impossible to shoot nice images. And that's a pitty because it's difficult to show our hobby to others if the video makes you sick just looking at it.

This system (GoPro) isn't all that bad but you have to find the right spot on your boat to attach it (it's quite easy to attach it to the boat). The last video prooves that.

Hope this helps.





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