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#1 stphnmartin

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Posted 15 October 2017 - 10:13 PM

Back in July I took a trip to Komodo with a virtually brand new GH5 Nauticam setup. I shot either the 8mm Olympus pro fisheye for wide angle and the Olympus 12-50mm for everything else. I recorded 4k60p 8bit and output at 1080p. I like the flexibility of being able to punch into the 4k footage. Although my 10 year old Mac Pro was feeling the pain of the large files. I relied heavily on proxy media when cutting.

 

I just recently switched to this camera from a Sony CX550 camcorder. So, the techniques and all the buttons were really new to me. I really miss the internal flip macro diopter of the L&M Bluefin housing for the CX550. Reaching around to flip the CMC wet diopter into place around the arms on the GH5 setup is a pain comparatively! I was also outfitted with the SmalllHD 501 in a nauticam housing. This allowed me to see much better what I was filming and I could adjust the angle depending upon the shot. The focus and exposure peaking were very helpful.

 

The downside of using the external monitor is it kills the camera battery life as having the HDMI cable connected prevents the GH5 from going into sleep mode. As a result I had to swap out camera batteries after each dive. I could get about 3 dives from the SmallHDs two batteries.

 

I used 2 sola 3000s for lighting and a sola 500 for spot.

 

On each dive I'd manually white balance for ambient and the solas with a grey card. This worked pretty well and I like I could store the values. Although, I'd sometimes forget which white balance setting I had selected--ambient or solas.

 

Generally I'm pleased with the results, but learned a lot through making mistakes!

 

I edited in FCPX. Comments and critiques are very welcome. Oh, and I used a Phantom 4 for the drone footage.

 


Edited by stphnmartin, 16 October 2017 - 07:56 AM.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 04:17 AM

Very nice!  That huge bunch of Mobulas is just incredible! 



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 04:51 AM

Wow, fantastic!

 

Makes me wanna dump photography and switch to movies... :D



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:12 AM

Back in July I took a trip to Komodo with a virtually brand new GH5 Nauticam setup. I shot either the 7-14 Olympus pro fisheye for wide angle and the Olympus 12-50 for everything else. I recorded 4k60p 8bit and output at 1080p. I like the flexibility of being able to punch into the 4k footage. Although my 10 year old Mac Pro was feeling the pain of the large files. I relied heavily on proxy media when cutting.
 
I just recently switched to this camera from a Sony CX550 camcorder. So, the techniques and all the buttons were really new to me. I used 2 sola 3000s for lighting and a sola 500 for spot.
 
On each dive I'd manually white balance for ambient and the solas with a grey card. This worked pretty well and I like I could store the values. Although, I'd sometimes forget which white balance setting I had selected--ambient or solas.
 
Generally I'm pleased with the results, but learned a lot through making mistakes!
 
I edited in FCPX. Comments and critiques are very welcome. Oh, and I used a Phantom 4 for the drone footage.
 

Very nice

I see you have made a gkod transition to the new camera

How are you enjoying it in local waters?


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 03:50 PM

Very nice

I see you have made a gkod transition to the new camera

How are you enjoying it in local waters?


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Thanks Adam. I'm still learning. Way more complicated than the Sony and awkward underwater! But the image quality is really good as you know! I'm looking forward to being more capable with the modern tech. I've been doing a lot of practice dives in the puget sound and will eventually post something now that Komodo is out the door ;^) 

 

I've decided AWB works just fine with my solas and now only custom white balance for ambient light. Previously I was using auto ISO but ended up with too much grain. So I keep that at 800-1200. The fewer things to twiddle underwater the better!

How are you liking the GH5?


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 06:27 PM

 
Thanks Adam. I'm still learning. Way more complicated than the Sony and awkward underwater! But the image quality is really good as you know! I'm looking forward to being more capable with the modern tech. I've been doing a lot of practice dives in the puget sound and will eventually post something now that Komodo is out the door ;^) 
 
I've decided AWB works just fine with my solas and now only custom white balance for ambient light. Previously I was using auto ISO but ended up with too much grain. So I keep that at 800-1200. The fewer things to twiddle underwater the better!

How are you liking the GH5?

Love my GH5

Agree about the grain on Auto ISO. Our dark waters can push ISO too high.

Still learning to edit but enjoying the process and the camera.

Eill need to try Auto WB a bit as I usually use Manual. I Have found that when I manual WB while shooting wide angle with lights things can be a bit off.

Probably asking too much of the camera but if for example I WB on a white plumose anemone 10 feet away (still getting a little bit of articificial light) and then later pan past another, closer white plumose in the foreground it can be purpleish...

That being said decent screenshots can be pulled, and overall performance is night and day compared to my old Olympus EM5

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:06 PM

That's a shedload of cownose rays! Did they just fly by once?



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 08:26 AM

That's a shedload of cownose rays! Did they just fly by once?

 

Unfortunately, they did just fly by once. And there were a few people in front of me and their bubbles blocked better shots. But, the rays were suddenly upon us. In the opening drone footage of the video, if you recall the narrow passage between two islands with raging current. That's where we encountered the rays. We were drifting through that narrow passage and the rays came from the opposite direction into the current and passed us. It was really an amazing experience!


Edited by stphnmartin, 17 October 2017 - 08:26 AM.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:51 AM

Spectacular! Really nice mix of aerial, wide and macro shots and a great diversity of critters. I really enjoyed this.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:12 PM

Great Vid! Looking forward to diving and shooting Komodo as well. How was the weather like in July? Any recommendations on best months?



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 05:17 AM

great video nice work