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In Topic: Giant Octopus in East Sea of Korea

29 April 2015 - 11:52 AM

Very Nice Eunjae!  

In Topic: Nudibranch of Anilao in 4K - Panasonic LX100

27 April 2015 - 07:04 PM

Thanks Dustin. Yeah I was puzzling about the length of each clip. I decided to keep the Pikachu nudibranch and the white one long because it show the interesting way of the pikachu crawl and flop (so cute!), and the white glass one eating. I suppose I could have cut the juvenile dragon shorter.
The mating part was tricky, I didn't even know they're doing it until when they split up. While I was shooting them, I just saw a blob of black nudibranch stick together, so focus was hard (dealing with diopter and try not to shake/move camera much). Watching them crawl closer kind of set up the scene, but I agree it's very sloooooowwww....... Do you think 15 seconds max per clip is too long? I'm slowly learning the editing portion, so any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
I have another big master reel in the progress, so I think I will try to keep each clip around 10 seconds.
Also, I saw your Nudi clip, will try snoot light the next time, if I get to do more night dive!

Timing is tricky and there isn't ever a correct answer. When I was first learning, I would keep clips too long. And videos too long. Even now, I am thinking 5 minutes is too long for a full video, but I get dragged into it because I have more footage I want show. Lol. And even now, of course, then you will get people that say the clips aren't long enough. I have found that in general, if someone is very interested in the subject matter, longer clips are fine. But those casual viewers not so much, they need more action and variety. So I suppose it depnds on who you want as your audience. Unless you are nudi freak, you probably won't watch this all the way thru. you are better off making 2 shorter videos.
Having said that, the video is really good, and I am a nudi freak so I watched the whole thing..:).

As for the mating....I had the same type of nudis in Lembeh, but they were doing a 3 way...pretty funny. They were positioned well so you could definitely tell what they were doing. any black subject looks bad in video or pictures. Really hard to get that stuff to look good.


In Topic: Nudibranch of Anilao in 4K - Panasonic LX100

27 April 2015 - 05:57 AM

Good job Moses. The clarity looks very nice. Although I am just watching it on my iPad. Good job.

For things like nudis, I would recommend keeping it shorter. Keep it faster pace, even though they aren't.

In Topic: How important is underwater tripod?

23 April 2015 - 02:18 PM

Hi all,
Would like to get an opinion in regards of underwater tripod. I'm thinking to purchase one for video both for WA shoot and macro.
I do have gorilla pod that can be used underwater but adjusting them is such a pain!
Considering the price - the proper one is expensive! - I do want to be sure it will help in getting a stable clip.
Thanks in advance!

Adjustin them is always a pain. You have to ask yourself, if it's important to you...? For me and macro, it's essential. For others, not so much. Keep in mind I also shoot a dslr, so that pretty requires a tripod. If you are satisfied with footage you get without one, then you are fine. If not, get one.

In Topic: How important is underwater tripod?

23 April 2015 - 02:15 PM

Here is another DIY solution for Macro. I doubt tripod is useful for wide angle, especially on wall dive.

I disagree. I use a tripod for wide angle, can get some great shots when the camera is staying still. Sometimes nice to leave the camera and let the fish surround it.

I also use the legs as a wider handle to help with more stable shots. Better than the housing handles imo.
It also makes my housing more stable above water, so it is more stable on sometimes rocky boats.