Superb macro videography, as always. My partner and I often talk about how some creatures seem more alien than earthly, especially mantis shrimps. You have lots of great shots in this one but the two octopus sequences might be the killer footage for this theme. How the heck do you get them to stay still when you are that close, with lights?!
Thanks for watching. As for the octopuses....the opening shot was crazy. The white legged octo, was just sitting in its little hole, sitting as still as can be. I have about 10 minutes of footage of it just sitting there. I had a +10 diopter on, so it was right up against its eyes. Didn't mind a bit. In fact, it was holding so still, I took a few still photos, which is what the cover is on the video. Don't normally do that, but I just had to considering how cool the framing was.
The last octo was just in a hole in the reef. I got a lot of good footage of it actually. To have it turn black, I backed off my camera, and hovered above the hole probably 4-5 feet above it. Just above my lights. Seeing the black of the wetsuit, I believe makes it want to change....I could be wrong on that, but it worked.