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Raja 2015 Highlights

27 September 2015 - 10:34 PM

I have finally gotten around to editing a video together of an 8 day liveaboard trip that we, The Underwater Tribe, hosted aboard the Mermaid II liveaboard back in March 2015.  It was a very fun trip with superb conditions all around, especially in the Misool area where we enjoyed some of the best viz I have experienced in the area.




Last Minute Opening on Komodo Trip 25 Sept - 4 Oct

07 September 2015 - 07:18 PM

Unfortunately one of our guests has had to cancel his liveaboard trip in a few weeks time. The trip is Bima to Labuan Bajo from 25 Sept to 4 Oct of this year. The boat is the lovely Ambai with a top notch crew of professionals and great guides. The trip will be led by the Underwater Tribe and we will be offering informal photo chats and help throughout the trip. The lucky person who takes this spot will need to fly into Bali by 24 Sept and plan departure on the 5th of October or later. Komodo offers an absolutely brilliant mix of big stuff and little stuff and we will be hitting all of the top sites to witness schooling fish, turtles, cuttle fish, critter diving, beautiful reefs, and hopefully have some great encounters with mantas and maybe even dolphins!

Please PM me for more information, the spot is going for 2000 Euro plus park fees (and nitrox if desired). Or send us an email at info@underwatertribe.com

This is 375 Euro off the listed price so is a great deal.

Annoying Final Cut Pro Stutter

17 August 2015 - 07:22 AM

I use Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 on my iMac 27with 24gb Ram 3.2 ghz i5 machine with plenty of gb on it. However I seem to have a very annoying glitch with FCP, what happens is that between every clip on the timeline i get almost a "reverse" or stutter at the beginning of each new clip.  If I cut a clip in half then I don't get this stutter, but between almost every new clip I get it.  I have attached a sample here, 3 clips with 2 stutters so obviously rendering and outputting doesn't get rid of it.  Anyone had anything similar?  How to get rid of it? 


Its almost like the count goes  1,2,3,4,5,4,5,6,7,8

Sooooo annoying


Is Social Media Creating Unrealistic Expectations?

05 August 2015 - 11:44 PM

Just finished teaching another group photo workshop a couple of weeks back and ran into something that I have been noticing a lot more in recent years.  One of the things I see from newer photographers is that they seem to get discouraged by even a small amount of backscatter in their photos.  Now we all know that there will always be a few specks of stuff in the vast majority of photos, both macro and wide angle, simply because we are using strobes underwater. This most recent workshop was in Lembeh and the visibility wasn't the absolute best so of course there was expectation of some backscatter no matter how well strobes were positioned (if photographing toward the water column)


My point of discussion is as follows:  With the popularity of social media outlets such as FB, Twitter, Instagram etc it seems that the vast majority of underwater photos don't have a single touch of scatter but instead feature flawless black or blue backgrounds. There is nothing wrong with post processing images and everyone wants to post their best stuff to impress folks so very rarely are images with scatter posted without editing all of it out.  Therefore, does this profusion of perfect images create unrealistic expectations for beginners or casual uw photographers?  Are new photographers frustrated when they see so many "perfect" images out there yet can't get the exact same results straight from the camera even with almost perfect strobe positioning?  Do new photographers know there is post processing work done on these images or do they expect the same results all the time?


I am not trying to start a debate about post processing etc but rather looking for opinions from newer photographers whether they experience frustration from high expectations due to exposure to social media? 

Highlights of trip to Komodo with the Mermaid and Underwater Tribe

06 July 2015 - 05:23 AM

I have just returned from a great trip to Komodo with the Mermaid 1 liveaboard, a Bali/Komodo/Bali itinerary, 9 nights with 8 days of diving, 25 June to 4 July.  We were able to dive all of the hotspots in Komodo as well as the beautiful Angel Reef and others around Moyo and Satonda.  I have put together a brief highlights video of the trip, which were many!  the only thing missing is the Mola Mola at Manta Alley that I missed! I was the only one to miss it hahahaha.. oops.


Shot with a Nikon D7000, Aquatica housing, 10-17mm and 60mm lenses, Fisheye FIX 7000 lights.  Music by Audiomachine