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#1 kaarlin

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 05:36 AM

After hours and hours and even more hours editing, I´ve finally finished my movie, starring the weird critters of Lembeh. It may not be as professional as the movies some of you guys post, but I´m happy with the result (and even more happy that next year I´ll be back in Lembeh).

Aside from a few wide angle shots, all shots are made with an Olympus Pen 5, with either the 45 or 60 mm macro lens. 

Music is from Moby and downloaded form www.mobygratis.com; free to use for non-commercial movies.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

 



#2 kc_moses

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 06:56 AM

Nice work! Which month were you there? There is quite a lot of variety of stuff!



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 09:37 AM

Karin

Not sure how you held the camera but the footage is very stable and sharp that makes up for the issues of the camera codec

Well done, this is better than other clips I have seen with 4K and similar!


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 12:14 PM

Karin

Not sure how you held the camera but the footage is very stable and sharp that makes up for the issues of the camera codec

Well done, this is better than other clips I have seen with 4K and similar!

 

Are you watching this back on 4K monitor or what? 4K is not relevant if you watch back on a 1080p display.



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 12:57 PM

Very nice.  I'm also impressed with your camera work, and how steady it was.  I wish that I could do as well.


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 12:59 PM

 
Are you watching this back on 4K monitor or what? 4K is not relevant if you watch back on a 1080p display.

I have a 4K TV thanks very much besides this video is actually 720p but still looks excellent

 

Correction she has a pro account it is 1080p


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 02:42 PM

I can only assume you used a tripod to get such steady footage. Could you post a photo of your rig with the tripod or even just the tripod? How was it rigged?

 

VERY nicely done! You goy all my favorite critters except the flamboyant cuttles. Great find on the Marginatus with the eggs. They are my favorite Lembeh critter!!



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Posted 28 August 2015 - 12:41 AM

I was in ther in november. Lots of frogfish and octopus. Not so many nudi's.

 

as for the rather poor codec of the Pen 5; that's not a big deal when shooting macro. After a few dives I got the white balance in line with the color temperature of the L&M Sola's. Correcting color was not necessary. I used manual expose alle the time, setting the shutterspeed at 1/60 en trying to get the exposure with aperture, a bit iso (340 max) and output of the lights. In Final Cut I tweaked the contrast and shadows/highlights a bit. Wide angle is a bigger challenge, but I think it can be done with the Olympus. 

 

I didn't use a tripod, but put the camera tray carefully on the sandy bottom.  

 

The most challenging rich was the goby in the last part of the film. The guide went totally nuts when he saw this one (magnificent shrimp goby). very rare and very shy. I had to put the camera in the sand, try to get the right focus point and then swim away at least 5 meters. Only after 10 minutes the goby and the shrimp would come out. When they disappeared again I could watch the footage, and try again. But on 23 meters air and time were running to very quickly. It took me 2 dives to get a few in focus shots


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 07:33 AM

Thanks! I was there few years ago in June, lots of nudi, no hairy frogfish, and blue ring octo was rare. I will visit Lembeh again so next time I may try different month. When I was there, it was rainy so backscatter was an issue.