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#355315 Milne Bay - Papua New Guinea

Posted by Oceanshutter on 11 December 2014 - 11:36 AM

Fabulous, as always!


That Pygmy seahorse looks like a Severens! I didn't know that they were in Milne Bay. It doesn't look like a Pontohi, to me. The only place I've seen Severens is in Fiji.


I think you are right Allison.  It looks like a Severens to me as well.  The guides there just called it the Milne Bay Pygmy..lol.  They were all over the place.  Of course, I couldn't find any myself, but the guides showed us probably 50 during our stay.  Very pretty species, although their background isn't as pretty as the traditional sea fan.


Here's a pic, my wife took..




#355208 Milne Bay - Papua New Guinea

Posted by Oceanshutter on 09 December 2014 - 09:05 AM

Hello everyone,


I wanted to share my latest episode in the 'Rolling in the Deep' series.  This time taking a look at the critters in Milne Bay.  PNG is a terrific destination, and Milne Bay is an area where it can offer both fantastic macro and wide angle photography.


As always comments are welcome.  Let me know what you liked and didn't.





#354017 Mucky Secrets - IN FULL - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait

Posted by Oceanshutter on 03 November 2014 - 08:43 PM

Congrats on finishing a project the size and scope of this. Very nice work Nick.

#353595 Nudibranchs of PNG

Posted by Oceanshutter on 22 October 2014 - 02:36 PM

Hello everyone,


I know nudibranchs are not everyone's cup of tea.  But they really are beautiful animals especially when viewed up close.  I tried to isolate them with lighting as much as possible to focus on the animal and the amazing colors and textures they have.  I hope you enjoy it.  


As always, comments and constructive criticism is always welcome.  Always trying to improve.


Thanks again,



#353256 Bait Balls and Packs of Goliath Groupers

Posted by Oceanshutter on 07 October 2014 - 08:28 AM

Nice job Lee!

#352704 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by Oceanshutter on 19 September 2014 - 08:11 AM

Hello everyone,


I wanted to share my first video from our trip to Papua New Guinea.  We stayed at Tawali and had the entire resort to ourselves for 12 days!  it was really a fantastic spot and we really enjoyed both the diving and resort very much.  While PNG is not exactly easy to get to, it should be on everyone's bucket list.  


This is the first of a few videos that I will be making from the trip.  Let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy it!



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#352468 Bali

Posted by Oceanshutter on 09 September 2014 - 06:48 PM

Nice job Jose! I really need to dive Bali.

#351355 Malaria

Posted by Oceanshutter on 09 August 2014 - 08:46 AM



All drugs have some side-effects, and based on my experience, Malarone is the best. The 3 drugs that I've been prescribed for diving in malaria zones  are: Malarone, Doxycycline, and Lariam. 


Doxycycline increases sun-sensitivity, and while I've used it, it was a bad choice while on the equator and constantly exposed to intense water reflection and sun. None of my dive group uses it.


Lariam is known to cause neurological and psycholgical symptoms in some people, and as of last year, carries a 'black box' warning from the FDA. Most of us had mood swings on Lariam, some found it unpleasant.


Malarone has been known to cause vivid dreams in some people, but when I do a live aboard, those that are taking anti-malarial drugs are always using Malarone, and no one complains about it.


Hope this helps,



Good Info Cameron.  I am wondering if just keeping up on the sunscreen would be okay with the doxycycline?

#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!  :)