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#350661 Komodo - Macro

Posted by Oceanshutter on 22 July 2014 - 10:21 AM

Hello Everyone,


I wanted to share my latest video I have put together for my 'Rolling in the Deep' Series.  This time it focuses on Macro subjects found in Komodo.  I look shooting macro, and I don't feel that macro gets enough attention at least from the video side.  Some of the coolest underwater characters are of the small variety.


As alway, comments good bad or indifferent are always appreciated.






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#350007 Komodo - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by Oceanshutter on 08 July 2014 - 07:10 AM

Thanks Dustin. I'm going to Anilao next year so I will need similar set up. If it's like Lembeh, then finding a spot to rest the tripod shouldn't be that difficult. I'm thinking of leaving my camera about 2 lb negative, you think that's enough to anchor the tripod?

That should be enough. Anilao is similar to Lembeh. Although some sites do have some coral. In Komodo, doing the tripod on the coral sites is much more difficult.

#349574 Komodo - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by Oceanshutter on 29 June 2014 - 08:17 AM

Hello Everyone,


I wanted to share the next installment of my Rolling in the Deep series.  This time it is in Komodo Indonesia.  This is a wide angle look.  With a Macro version coming soon.  Let me know what you think.





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#348240 Octopuses at Night

Posted by Oceanshutter on 27 May 2014 - 06:25 PM

Hello Everyone,


I put together some clips of several Octopuses that I encountered during some night dives in the Philippines.  Make sure to play in HD!

Let me know what you think.  






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#347279 Travelling - Viewing, Editing, Backup (4K, FCPX, 100's GBs etc)

Posted by Oceanshutter on 05 May 2014 - 06:38 AM

I'm liking that drive Stuart. Thanks for the tip.


Dustin, are you just running Apple's OS on that Macbook Pro, or running Windows on it via Bootcamp(?)?



I haven't even received it yet!  LOL.  I got a refurb from the apple site.  At the moment, I don't plan to load W7 on it.  I think the only reason I would would be to use my existing licenses for CS6 and Lightroom.  Not sure if they will allow the windows license to be installed on a Mac...But if I find a need for it, I would do it. we can get the license for free through my wife's company so it isn't an issue, but if it's not needed, I won't do it.


Most of the purchase was for weight considerations, as the laptop we have been using is ridiculously heavy.  From a video standpoint, I don't plan on doing much editting on it.  More or less a way to backup my video, and then when I get it home, edit it on my windows pc.  I also thought it would be a good test to see what the mac world has too offer us.  Both myself and my wife are pretty entrenched into PC because of our jobs, so there really isn't a way to completely away from it.


For photography, we both plan on using it with Lightroom pretty heavily.  And since that is so cheap and not part of CC, which I won't sign up for out of principle, I would buy it again to work on the MBP if I needed to.  



#346382 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by Oceanshutter on 17 April 2014 - 08:34 AM

Ok, can someone explain how to use "photographer vest" to sneak in more weight? Like what do you put in it? I asked because when come to international flight, you're talking about 10 hour+ of journey, and me being 230lb certain feel okay in a T-shirt in tight plane seat. I can imagine the vest would cause some discomfort, but how bad, and what to expect?


I believe the idea is to load up the vest with camera's lenses, lights, strobes etc....wear the vest to the check in counter, and through security.  After you pass security, you just load all of it back into your carry on.  


It's ridiculous....

#346181 Critter Planet

Posted by Oceanshutter on 14 April 2014 - 07:50 AM

One of my friends (a non-diver) just forwarded a link to your video to me.  Said that he had seen it and was very impressed, and wanted to make sure that I had seen it.  So, even non-divers like it, and are impressed.


That is good to hear!  I really like to get the non divers engaged and normally have a pretty good reaction, because these macro/critter videos normally shows things that they have never seen.  Personally, I find them more interesting than the sharks/whales/dolphins...only for the sheer fact it seems that kind of video is all that people see.


Having said that....I am stoked to be going to Socorro in the next week and hopefully get some good sharks/whales/dolphins...LOL!  :)



#345641 Critter Planet

Posted by Oceanshutter on 04 April 2014 - 06:04 AM

Very nice, thanks.


Very very nice indeed!
At firt sight I said: "this should be some new google earth version!" :)

Thanks David...i prefer not to let Google have this stuff....they seem to be taking over the world.

#345605 Critter Planet

Posted by Oceanshutter on 03 April 2014 - 03:41 PM

Hello Everyone,
I have finished another short film.  It is called Critter Planet.  It has some old and new footage in it.  But it also has a story line.   Also, I have added some timelapse from the International Space Station.  I downloaded over 150,000 pictures to try to get what I came up with for moving earth sections.  Whats even cooler, is that they allow anyone to use it free of charge! (as long as you give them credit).  Let me know what you think.  
Please like, share and comment!
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#343709 Creating a black background on your videoshots

Posted by Oceanshutter on 23 February 2014 - 07:22 AM


Thanks for the compliment in my shooting. Peter is right on the money with what he is suggesting. I pray for dark cloudy days when shooting macro! Sometimes I even have the dive guide hover over the subject to block sun light. Night shooting works too, but you can generally tell those shots as there is a bunch what I call "sea lice" swarming the lights and subject. But light positioning is key. Try not to light up the background at all, and frame the shot so that it can get the look. It doesn't work for everything... I made a snoot, but don't use that anymore it is too much of a pain...so none of the shots in the nudi video used a snoot. Don't use barn doors either.

Hope that helps.


#343344 Cuttlefish Hunting

Posted by Oceanshutter on 14 February 2014 - 05:40 PM

One thing I learned about the bobbit worm, is if you wave a silver muck stick over it it thinks it's a fish. And will raise out of the sand a bit. Also flashes from strobes do the same thing.

#342513 Galapagos 2013 Pictures

Posted by Oceanshutter on 28 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

Really nice! Thanks for sharing.

#341440 Anilao Macro Video

Posted by Oceanshutter on 05 January 2014 - 06:01 PM

Hello everyone,


Thought I would share my latest from Anilao Philippines.  I love shooting macro!  


Let me know what improvements I could make, or general comments are always welcome as well.  I hope you enjoy.



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#341396 Galapagos: camera friendly exposure suit and gloves recommendations

Posted by Oceanshutter on 04 January 2014 - 08:53 AM

We just got back from a trip to Galapagos in August. I believe the water is colder then, than in May. But at wolf and Darwin, you could have gotten away with a 5mm and a vest hood combo. Those dives are the warmest for sure. 72 for us. Not sure of your itinerary, but cousins rock was about 7 degrees less than Darwin. And then on the west side of Isabella....it was bone chilling 56 degrees.

I don't plan in using my 7mm that I bought for the trip again.....but I was sure glad I had it.

Also, the Kevlar gloves are a pain....but necessary for Darwin and wolf. However, I used regular gloves, non neoprene/Kevlar for the other dive sites not at Darwin and wolf. And they worked just fine.

Be prepared, as photography, and video is very difficult there, and to temper your expectations. I shoot video, and I believe you do as we'll......the animals would not get near me with lights on. So it was frustrating. Turning them on at the last minute, wouldn't work either. Hammerheads don't come in very close....at least not for us.

In my opinion, Galapagos is a very fun and exciting destination that everyone should do. Make sure to do some land tours as well. That aren't part of the boat. North Seymour is a must. My only issue with Galapagos is, that good footage is hard to come by. The viz, cold, current surge, and the fact that the sharks are skittish, make it difficult. But it is sure fun!

Hope that helps....you are going to have a great time.


#340017 Bali with the Underwater Tribe

Posted by Oceanshutter on 27 November 2013 - 06:28 PM

NIce Job Paul.  I need to get to Bali.  Was there, last year but didn't dive.