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In Topic: Nauticam Flip Diopter holder problems

24 April 2017 - 05:43 PM

Hi Dustin,
We have revised the design of the Flip Holder some time ago (sorry that I forgot the exact time!) and I believe this problem have been fully resolved as I also dive a lot and I don't experience this problem anymore.  I would like to send over 2 of the new ones to you to help testing the new design in the field.  Please let me know the best way to get them over to you.
Best regards,

Hi Edward. Thanks for the response. I will pm you my address.


In Topic: Canon 17-40mm UW

23 April 2017 - 11:32 AM

We have shot both the 17-40mm and the 16-35mm F4L.  The 16-35mm is hands down better.  If you can swing it, that is the lens I would recommend.  The F4 lens is very affordable.

In Topic: Macro Alien footage

12 April 2017 - 05:17 PM

Now that I have been able to watch full screen with the sound turned up, I am even more impressed.  It wouldn't be right to pick favorites but three sequences really stand out for me. The opening shot of the squid and ink cloud sets the "alien" tone so well due to the dramatic lighting. The mantis aerating her eggs is just such a great behavior sequence.  And the cricket noises coming from the little triplefin (?) on the whip coral made me laugh.  I also like the new title sequence, though the style in part 1 is also effective.
You might want to check how this is embedded.  Maybe its my browser but I don't get any controls (full screen or volume) so had to go direct to Vimeo to play this right.

Not sure what would be wrong. I am able to put it full screen.

That squid was shot in the Solomon Islands. We did a black water dive, and it actually hit me pretty hard and then inked me. Also had a silky shark attack my lights. Memorable dive...haha. The cricket noises actually aren't that. It was some sound effect that I sped up about 300%. I kinda thought it sounded like a bird chirping. That was one of the sounds I wasn't so sure about, so I am glad to hear it wasn't bad for you.

In Topic: Macro Alien footage

12 April 2017 - 10:37 AM

Wow! This is amazing, Dustin. How long did it take you to edit and add the soundtrack? Everything Robert said - plus love the tilting work too.


Really terrific stuff - thanks so much for sharing. Another prize winner I hope. It sure deserves it.



Thank you Tim.  Honestly, the soundtrack is always the hardest thing for me to pick out.  Once I have that, then it is pretty easy to edit.  Add in the sound effects that somewhat match the clips, and it takes extremely long.  I've been working on this on and off for the last 7 months.  Finding the sound effects are hard.  I don't want them to sound too obvious of what the sound is actually in real life, otherwise it just sounds bad.  Then you have to find ones that I can license and pay for to use...So it is all kind of a pain.


But thanks for the comment, and for watching it.  Glad you liked it.



In Topic: Macro Alien footage

12 April 2017 - 09:19 AM

Dustin - Brilliant work as usual, really fantastic macro cinematography.  I only watched it once quickly (at work, but couldn't resist) but I am again impressed with how you manage to get such steady detailed shots of skittish critters at macro range.  The sound editing really is entertaining too, at least, for those who know this is not how things really sound under water.   Were these sequences shot primarily at one location or a compilation from multiple trips?  You've edited it all together seamlessly.  I cannot imagine the time that goes into producing these but I am glad that you do it.  Thanks once again for sharing!  Robert


Thanks for watching it Robert.  It's funny, on my facebook page, there are people who are saying not to put the sound in because that "not what it sounds like" underwater....haha.  I had to tell them that is the creative part of it, it is meant to be fun.    I would say it is about 70% anilao, and 30% solomon islands.  The editting time is more than I care to admit.  I guess its a good thing I like to do it.