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Pete L

Member Since 22 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Feb 19 2019 03:43 PM

#403344 Video: Channel Islands

Posted by Pete L on 08 February 2019 - 03:40 PM

Although I'm not a fan of fisheye video, I did enjoy that. Well done, it looks great :)

#403247 First Dive with Laowa 24mm Probe Lens

Posted by Pete L on 05 February 2019 - 05:46 PM

A small sample of clips from my first outing with the Laowa 24mm probe lens, mounted in a Gates housing.


Two things of note - 

  • Stability. A tripod will be very helpful to keep the shots stabilised. Any movement is exaggerated with this lens.
  • Light. At a minimum of F14, this lens needs some serious light and it also has a very shallow depth of field.

I like the new perspective this lens will give and I feel like interacting with animals will be far more entertaining using this lens.



#395336 HDR

Posted by Pete L on 12 May 2018 - 07:19 PM

Keepin mind that HDR is not resolution specific. Comparing HDR to 4K is not really a viable comparison.

#390147 Bali Macro on red Scarlet W

Posted by Pete L on 07 December 2017 - 07:30 PM

Nice! How are you able to pan so smoothly? Which tripod do you use?


No tripod used Pyroracer. All handheld.

Having a housing that is able to be trimmed up for neutral buoyancy makes a huge difference. One of the many benefits of using a dedicated video system is the ability to trim the housing perfectly. Plenty of practice helps too mate.  

#390146 Bali Macro on red Scarlet W

Posted by Pete L on 07 December 2017 - 07:27 PM

Nice, at 0:43 there is some text in the lower left corner which first I thought is a lens reflection. But it seems to be some plastic in front of the frog. Could be easily edited out using a tracked window in Resolve :)


Certainly could be Bub but I didn't see a need to do that.
The amount of rubbish was quite astonishing.

#389666 Bali Macro on red Scarlet W

Posted by Pete L on 23 November 2017 - 02:47 PM

A little selection of macro goodness from a recent trip to Bali.
Huge thanks to the entire team at The Underwater Tribe for taking me diving :)
For anyone interested, this is the equipment list and settings etc -
Shot on Red Scarlet W, 5K @ 40fps on a 25fps base timeline.
Gates Pro Action Housing and Gates GT-14 Video Lights were used.
The Nikon 70-180mm macro lens was also used and turned out to be a very versatile lens.
The R3D's were edited and graded in Resolve 14.1 and a couple of clips were post stabilised.
There wasn't a great deal of grading needed as the H20 OLPF works nicely, especially when white balanced off a white slate.
Hope you enjoy.



#387439 Grading Red Scarlet W Footage

Posted by Pete L on 09 September 2017 - 04:42 PM

Despite almost zero information within the Red colour channel, the R3D files from the Scarlet W still grade up nicely.
Took about 12 nodes to get to this point but considering the starting point of this clip, it turned out reasonably well, especially given the conditions.
Conditions were tough with maybe 5 metres vis, surgy and lots of floating particles. This shot was about 18 metres deep.
Scarlet W, 5k 50fps, Nikon 16-35mm and 8 inch dome on the Gates Pro Action Housing.
Graded in Davinci Resolve 14.



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#380979 Pigmy Pipehorses of Bare Island

Posted by Pete L on 27 January 2017 - 12:57 AM

Sydney has some very diverse marine life for a major tourist hub and Botany Bay, being on the door step of Sydney's international Airport is a surprisingly healthy environment.
​Some of the more cryptic species living in Botany Bay ate the Pigmy Pipehorses.

These little critters are so well camouflaged that they are sometimes impossible to see even when looking directly at them.


I put a little video together of a recent dive I did to film the Pigmy Pipehorses, hope you enjoy it.




#379999 Sony AX100/Gates 2016 Showreel

Posted by Pete L on 28 December 2016 - 07:56 PM

Here is a series of shots from 2016 using the Sony AX100 in a Gates Housing and Gates GT-14 Video Lights.

Hope you enjoy :)




#379829 Sony AX100 Close Up 4K

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 02:44 AM

This is a sample of AX100 footage, in a Gates Housing and GT-14 video lights with Tiffen Filters attached.
​This sequence was shot with a dioptre attached to the camera, behind the flat port of the housing and was shot in Botany Bay, Sydney Australia.




#379828 Sony AX100 Wide Angle Sharks

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 02:37 AM

Here is a short clip taken with a Sony AX100/Gates Housing/Gates GT-14 Lights & Tiffen Filters, shot onboard Mike Ball's Spoilsport out at Osprey Reef, Great Barrier Reef Australia.



#379826 Successor to the Sony AX100 ?

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 01:58 AM

I would love to see an AX100 MK2 with 60p, 220mbps and a few other upgrades but whether that will come in 2017 or 2018 is anybody's guess.
The AX100 is still a solid investment and a very capable camera in the right hands.

#379825 Sony a7s and MWB

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 01:53 AM



Have a read through that Trent.

#373970 Video Editing Software for MAC

Posted by Pete L on 25 May 2016 - 11:24 AM

Davinci Resolve, it's free and very powerful.

#372364 Underwater Colour Correction With The Sony AX100

Posted by Pete L on 08 April 2016 - 12:26 AM

I have used several DSLR type systems for video work, including 7D, 5D & GH4 and my biggest issue was always that I was never 100% confident that my footage was in focus and when someone is paying you to get the shot and you are always thinking in the back of your mind, I hope that is in focus, well it is not a good feeling.


I'm certainly not going to bash DSLR users as there are many members here that are getting great results from them.

For me though, having distance markers on the screen means I can lock my focus at 0.3 at full wide zoom and I know 100% of the time that the shot is in focus.

The other features I like of a video system are the ND filters, which I couldn't live without now, a zoom lens, the ability to manually focus and swap between manual and auto focus when needed, focus peaking (which I use mainly for macro work and like ND filters, peaking is a godsend for macro work), the ease of getting into the WB menu and having one push WB and decent auto focus.


The things I like specifically about the AX100 would be the image quality first and foremost, the larger sensor means I can finally pull focus underwater and help to separate subjects from backgrounds, the XAVC-s codec is fantastic for post work and the Gates Housing is well balanced, the main functions are well placed for easy access and the extra items like the top handle and tripod make it a great system to use.


I can't see myself going back to an SLR style setup to shoot video permanently.

The GH4 was a great camera and I see people adding all sorts of extra equipment onto it to make it "better" but the size is growing and so is the cost.

Price up the cost of an SLR system versus a video based system, in most cases it is cheaper to setup a video system and I certainly understand that not everybody wants to be locked into a video system and that is fine but for me, it is a dedicated video system all the way.

Whether that be Sony, Canon or whoever else comes along in the future.

Oh and by the way, my understanding is that Sony will not be releasing an updated version of the AX100 this year.