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#344335 Underwater Stock Footage

Posted by RWBrooks on 10 March 2014 - 07:13 PM

Hello fellow Wetpixelers,

During the effort to fully catalog over 5 years of underwater filming on an almost daily basis I have been finding some "Hidden Gems" that I had forgotten about due to the pressure to turn things around for the next day.

I am only half way through the phenomenal number of tapes but to break up the monotony of viewing, extraction, key-wording etc I have put together a short show reel which uses a minute fraction of what I have found so far. Clips chosen mainly for how they flow into each other.


So I thought I would share it with you.


Footage shot between Jan 2008 and Jan 2010.





#333856 Jellyfish Lake Time-lapse

Posted by RWBrooks on 04 July 2013 - 05:36 AM

Hi all, thanks for the compliments, very glad to see them.

Doing this has been a goal for a long time and it's been, I have to say, a real struggle to get it done.

It's such a cool subject and environment, I know what you mean Joe. Short and sweet is good, I want to do more myself. Plenty of shots waiting to be got.

Who knows maybe I'll get another opportunity...

The music is a combination of Music beds from Soundtrack that seemed to fit nicely.

For all the wild and sensational productions out there, the scale, pace and fragility of this subject was a huge contrasting draw to me, not to mention that doing something different nowadays with a modest budget is increasingly difficult. (actually I still spent a small fortune)
But I just had to do it!


So I'm very glad it's being well received!


Thanks to John Friday for his words of encouragement.






#333832 Jellyfish Lake Time-lapse

Posted by RWBrooks on 03 July 2013 - 08:16 PM

I've posted teasers on this before but now I have a good connection I can upload the whole film.

Filmed over the course of a year it gives an insight into the migration and light seeking behavior of the Golden Jellyfish that live in this incredible environment.





#332634 looking for a videography course or motivated instructor in Egypt

Posted by RWBrooks on 10 June 2013 - 08:07 PM


I would look for someone who will teach you how to prepare your system for diving first. Then once you know how to keep the important stuff dry, you move onto how to dive. Once you have a very good understanding of that, combine the two.

I see too many people with nice rigs who flood their investment early and go away frustrated, disappointed and out of pocket.

I also see a lot of people who manage to keep their cameras dry but have very little control of themselves underwater, then get frustrated because their shots are shaky or dull in colours. It takes time, commitment, patience and skill to become proficient and you will never stop learning.

Find the right teacher and enjoy.



#331406 Sony FS100 white balance at depth

Posted by RWBrooks on 16 May 2013 - 02:17 AM

This at the end of the day is still crap for a camera set up that costs this much money

#326088 Swimming naked with belugas - Making of by Phototeam.Pro

Posted by RWBrooks on 12 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

I don't get it.
The main cover photo is clearly taken in captivity and therefore negates the instant wow factor. I think she's frozen her but off for no good reason

#323399 Opaque Marks Around Edge of Dome

Posted by RWBrooks on 27 December 2012 - 11:00 PM

I've seen this sort of coating loss happen on more than 4 Fathom lenses. I've sent them back and gotten loaners so I can work, However after so many attempts at resolving this problem it is still an issue and now a real struggle to get something done about this with Fathom.
The latest reason I've been told by the owners of Fathom is that it is an off gassing issue from the plastic lens cap.
So I would be very interested in seeing what the situation is here whilst I wait for my faulty lens to be sorted out.

#322978 New short films

Posted by RWBrooks on 19 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

Editing is one of those things where I learnt quite early on that you can tinker and fiddle with it till the end of the world or you get as close as you can given the time constraints and publish it before everyone dies of boredom waiting for it.
Seeing as we only have a day or two left anyway. I'm having a beer and enjoying the outside world.
TTFN see you on the flip side!

#322505 New short films

Posted by RWBrooks on 11 December 2012 - 11:53 PM

Hi, had a few days forced upon me in the office so started to put together some recent footage and it kind of snowballed.
Not meant to be a show reel but I would still appreciate comments.




#322501 Sex on the reef, well foreplay anyway.....

Posted by RWBrooks on 11 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

Cheers Simon,
Stirred things up is the understatement of the year! Some sites have a thick layer of fine sediment all over the reef, with the viz around 3m. Looks like a Christmas Card, German Channel is going to take a while to recover. Conditions on this day were terrible, ripping in-coming current with all the fish aggregating at 20m in a nasty down-stream current on the opposite side of the plateau.
Looking forward to the next half moon and hopefully a repeat of this action in better conditions......


#322319 Sex on the reef, well foreplay anyway.....

Posted by RWBrooks on 09 December 2012 - 03:53 PM

No tires that day thankfully Dean. Next time maybe just for you! But lets hope I don't get the chance.
My intention with the plastic Peter is not to preach to the choir. This film was edited with a broader audience in mind.
My point really was as Drew said, to have a contrast from life at it's peak of productivity to a scene devoid of life and a visible culprit for it. I admit I've used that shot before in connection to a turtle that was mouthing the lens which might be a closer connection.
Maybe it's just my style to show something great and then give a jolt about our responsibility for it. The next film will do the same. I won't apologize for that. I see so much destruction on the reefs here from careless people it makes my blood boil.
My apologies to you though Peter if I came across as patronizing.



#322192 Sex on the reef, well foreplay anyway.....

Posted by RWBrooks on 07 December 2012 - 04:39 PM

Found this happening the other day: It's a bit early for them to be doing this, (should be Jan and Feb) but doing it they were, 2 days after Bopha had gone through, which is why the viz at times is so bad. This is a quick edit to a song by Pearl Jam I had going through my head as I was filming. As an indication, the long wide shot at 2:34 has approx 1800 to 2000 Moorish Idols in it. Just about every surgeon/unicornfish in the local area must have been there along with the Pacific Longnose Parrotfish (Hipposcarus longiceps) too but they stayed very deep.Enjoy.Richard


#318771 Hero 3

Posted by RWBrooks on 20 October 2012 - 03:08 PM

Lovin the look of the 3 .., Got to take into account the post work on these tasters though ...


Yes of course the amount of work that has gone into producing these taster promos must have been on a colossal scale, much beyond a vast percentage of those that will buy it. Even so, it does show some cool techniques and mounting options. Through the wave barrel pov is very cool.
This cam is worth learning about because the market is gonna be flooded with people who buy it but don't know how to get the best out of it.



#316991 Cocos or Palau? which would you choose?

Posted by RWBrooks on 23 September 2012 - 02:26 PM

Palau is getting more and more popular each year and during peak season (Dec-April) it has at some of the more popular sites, too many divers. German Channel on some days is like rush hour on Coruscant.....

#314995 To anyone who used Film cameras underwater..

Posted by RWBrooks on 21 August 2012 - 04:56 PM

Used to love that moment when you unrolled the E6 processed film from the cartridge and held it up to the light for the first time. If you had gotten it right it was like looking through the crack of the door to Aladdin's cave. Bright colours and treasure!
Truly Manual Photography. Chemistry and Light.
Miss those days really.