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#375856 Sony a7s II underwater use -- All parameters

Posted by Oceanshutter on 06 August 2016 - 04:51 PM

Hey George,

For the record, I haven't used the as7. So don't have first hand experience. However, I looked at it heavily, and for wide angle, the white balance is not good from a custom standpoint. Canon is king for custom white balance. From everything I have heard, it won't work below 10 feet. The camera works well for macro with artificial light, and auto wb. But wide angle it struggles. This is why you don't see too many using it for video. Someone you might try is Kay Burn Lim. He is on Vimeo and Facebook. He has just left his Sony for a RED, but he is the only one I know of that has used it seriously. His macro work is beautiful with it. Haven't seen any of his wide angle. I would try to connect with him.

Hope that helps.

#374227 Canon 1dx Mark II - Philippines

Posted by Oceanshutter on 02 June 2016 - 08:19 AM

First of all, great work indeed. Well done.
For the macro shots, were these at night, or just selective lighting during the day? If so, what where you using for lighting? And for stabilization?
Also, perhaps I'm misremembering, but did you not use to shoot a Canon 1DC before? If so, do you have any thoughts about the differences/similarities between shooting with the two different cameras? Especially when it comes to 4k quality, white balancing, etc.

Thanks Andrei for watching it.

You have it mistaken on the camera. I have always used the 5d. The 1dc was always something I wanted but the price was so out of reach, I was never able to do it. There are good thing and bad things comparing the cameras. Shooting at 60p requires a lot more light than I thought it would. So I ended up shooting much higher ISO than I did on the 5d. Also the crop factor with 4K. I was unable to get the larger critter in with the 100mm. Where shooting with a full sensor 5d I was able to do it. Of course this helped me get the smaller critters better. So it was a trade off. Wb process is easier with the 1dxII, however, actually getting a good wb might be harder. I only did 2 dives with it, and the sites were nots great with poor viz. I should beget a better feel when I go to the Solomon's in July. The dual pixel autofocus of the new camera, is mixed. It helped with some shots, but most of the time the focus hunting would ruin a shot. It's not totally worthless, you just have to get the right situation. Of course I may need to learn how to use it better too.

As for the shooting, yes it is selective lighting, and the ambient light needs to be low. The cuttlefish was in the late afternoon, and deeper. the red fish was at night. I use the solas, 2100 and 8000's to light up a scene if needed. I also tried out the inon lf800n. That has 5 degree beam. As for stability. I use a tripod. Xit404.

Hope that helps.

#372943 5D mkiii in Ikelite housing with canon 16-35mm image sharpness

Posted by Oceanshutter on 23 April 2016 - 09:15 PM

Have you thought about getting the 16-35mm f4 lens. It's sharper. And it fits good with the appropriate port.

#371619 Macro Film from Bali, Lembeh, and PNG

Posted by Oceanshutter on 16 March 2016 - 05:22 PM

Hey hey, a truly fantastic video. The footage is outstanding and I am so glad I watched it.
You nearly lost me with the intro though, it's a little to long. Very glad I stayed with it though as it's truly great footage
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Thanks. Glad you stuck with it.

#371462 Macro Film from Bali, Lembeh, and PNG

Posted by Oceanshutter on 12 March 2016 - 04:37 PM

Fantastic video Dustin. Very creative, good concept, nice work with the sound. The octopus shot at 3:35 is absolutely amazing, as is the one at 4:45.
As for suggestions, I would have used a more cliched "techy", "computer" font in "Matrix green" for the typing at the opening. The one you used didn't seem to fit somehow. And I would have made the frogfish burp when it was yawning to throw in a touch of humour.
It took nearly a minute to get the first stunning octopus shot up on screen. I think you'll lose some viewers with that. Not sure how you would get it up quicker though.

Thanks Nick. Appreciate the feedback. I thought about the green, but was never satisfied with the look. I agree the start is slow, but it tries to set the stage...otherwise it's just a video movie.

#371453 Macro Film from Bali, Lembeh, and PNG

Posted by Oceanshutter on 12 March 2016 - 12:53 PM

Great video Dustin

Thanks Mike....And thanks to you and Derek for helping find alot of these awesome critters in Bali.

#371382 Macro Film from Bali, Lembeh, and PNG

Posted by Oceanshutter on 10 March 2016 - 12:06 PM

Hello everyone,


I wanted to share my latest short film effort.  I don't know about the rest of you, but whenever I am macro diving, I always have to take step back and think about how crazy looking and acting the animals are down there.  To me, I think of Aliens!


Have a look at my new film 'Stay With Us'.  I am curious on feedback on the footage, concept, music, sound etc..

Let me know your thoughts.


I hope you enjoy it.





#368753 A different look at Octopuses

Posted by Oceanshutter on 29 December 2015 - 03:15 PM

I wanted to share a short film I made recently. Back in October, I was lucky enough for it to be selected to be shown at the San Diego Undersea Film Expo.  It seems that most underwater films are very similar now days.  So I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little different.  


Earlier this year, a young artist, named Nick Carro approached me to ask my permission to draw an image from one of my films that had an octopus in it.  I was flattered, but had one condition...that was for him to show me the final piece.  Not only did produce an amazing piece of art, but he also filmed himself doing it.  He was kind enough to allow me to use some of his footage to make this film.


This is different.....and I am curious to know what people think of it.  It was a very difficult to edit, but I think it turned out pretty good.  Let me know what you think.






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#367704 Rolling in the Deep - Eastern Papua

Posted by Oceanshutter on 30 November 2015 - 11:55 AM

Hello everyone.


Once again, I would like to share my latest episode in my 'Rolling in the Deep' series.  This time exploring the muck of Eastern Papua.  This is one of my favorite ones I have done.  One particulary cool shots is of a Peacock Mantis shrimp aerating its eggs.  Very cool behavior.


Let me know what you think!





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#367446 Papua New Guinea - Milne Bay gallery

Posted by Oceanshutter on 24 November 2015 - 03:04 PM

Well we finally finished the gallery for our Papua New Guinea trip.  Milne bay is a fantastic destination for both macro and wide angle.  

Here is the link to the gallery.  Let us know which ones are your favorites.  






#365704 Raja 2015 Highlights

Posted by Oceanshutter on 29 September 2015 - 07:44 PM

Great video mike..looks like a fun trip.


#365532 Frogfish 'Finds Nemo'

Posted by Oceanshutter on 24 September 2015 - 08:01 PM

Hello everyone.


I am excited to share a really short video I put together of a frogfish I had the pleasure of filming during our trip to Bali.  In this video...our beautiful frogfish friend 'Finds Nemo'.  You may not want to show the kids this one....


All comments welcome.





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#365236 Bali - Underwater Tribe report

Posted by Oceanshutter on 14 September 2015 - 07:54 PM

Thought I would post a trip report for our recent trip to Bali Indonesia. With my wife doing photos and myself doing video, we have certain expectations when booking with an operator. With Mike Veitch being both, we figured that booking with his company, Www.underwatertribe.com would be a good idea. After researching others experiences, we felt comfortable with moving forward with them. And we couldn't have been more pleased.

Our group was a mix of people with varying levels of dive experience/interest, as well as non divers as well. Everyone also didn't arrive or leave at the same time, so needless to say, the booking for our group was challenging. Mike,Miho, and Luca handled everything great, and the trip went off without hitch. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending their operation to anyone, and I don't give those kind of compliments very often...lol. They handled all of the transports from each location, the diving, tanks, guides, gear cleaning, hotels, boats, etc...Everything went like clockwork, even if some things were changed by our group at the last minute. Their main guide Derek is excellent, and mike isn't too shabby a spotter either. Although they did miss a few things on the list, like a mimic octopus, mating blue ring octopus, and orcas. Although, I am willing to forgive them for the last 2. ;-). A lot of the diving is shore diving, so the diving isn't easy. Between getting to the sites, setting up gear, and lifting everything, rinsing it, and also helping you into the water, with breaking water, and rocks that my feet aren't used to stepping on, they were extremely helpful in every way, and made the diving as easy as it could possibly get.

For those that haven't been to Bali before, a lot of the dives in the tulamben area, and Pemeturan area are shore dives and you have to deal with the sand in your gear. It makes getting geared up less than ideal, but have the right mindset and you will be fine. Also, I don't know if my feet are extremely sensitive, but the rock to walk on hurt pretty bad at times. I had soft sole booties, but highly recommend thick soles, if you have feet that are less than tough.. Though Derek, and Mike would help with cameras and fins for those entries we were less than sure of. Whether it be unstable rocks, or the surf, they were always willing to help. My only complaint regarding the diving would be the tank fills we generally around 2700-2800 psi. Although this isn't the fault of the operator as there is company that delivers the tanks to all the operators, so this would be the same for everyone. Mike, noticed my air consumption was subpar, so he ordered a larger tank for me. Which helped quite a bit.

We had 11 days of diving, and started in the Pemeturan area, staying at adi assri, which was a nice hotel, with nice rooms. We startied diving with menjangan island. It has some nice coral dives, with some moderate walls. Some nice fans for photography. But for video, it was just reef stuff, nothing overly exciting. 1 day was enough for us there. We then dove secret bay, which had the best viz, that mike had ever seen there, so I think we lucked out a bit there. It was 10 degrees colder than in menjangan. Still worth a visit although if viz is low, probably not.
We then dove puri jati on the way to tulamben. In Tulamben, we really got in a grove with 6 days there. The liberty wreck dive is the most popular, which we didn't prefer, as it had too many people for us. We liked the liberty slope more, and it had great critters. We dive site, which I can't recall, it wasn't a popular site...but we drove in, saw a cow that was in labor, did the dive, saw 5 mantis shrimps with eggs, probably a dozen ornate ghost pipefish, a clown frogfish, and a warty frogfish, in which I got video of it eating an anenome fish, and some nudis....got done with the dive, and the baby calf was standing next to its mom...will never forget that dive. It was amazing.

Did a bunch of night dives in tulamben, have to admit it, it wasn't as good as I had hoped. But still was productive. Didn't help that we went on full moon, and the current was pretty strong.
As we ended our time in Tulamben, we journeyed to Sanur, to dive with the mantas, and molas. But on the way to Sanur we dove in Padang bai. We really liked it. And wished we had another few dives there. The water was again 8 degrees cooler than tulamben, but in 2 dives, we saw a rhinopia, nudis, zebra crab, 5 frogfish. Nice diving and good viz.

We chose to dive Nusa penida for the last two days. The first day, the surge was poor and we couldn't get to the manta site or mola site, so we dove the reefs there. They are nice healthy reefs, but we were bummed about not being at the other sites. The next day we were able to get to manta point, and chose not to try for the mola, as the chances of seeing one, and taking photos without anyone in them was remote, we chose to shoot mantas, and for the last two dives of the day we could shoot with nobody in the shots..the last dive we were the only ones in the water. Had trains of up to 8 mantas, and in one video frame I counted 13....not bad.

We then spent a couple days off gassing in ubud, which is a must do....although two of our group members had to visit the first aid, after getting bitten by the monkeys in monkey forest. Dont take water bottles in there if you don't want a monkey to bite you..trust me..lol. Make sure you take time away from diving to experience the culture and sites, we didn't do too much of that as we had been there before for just land sightseeing a couple years ago, didn't do diving that trip. Also. Beware that if you try to take a drone in there they might cause you problems. They claimed a new law was passed an you needed a permit for one....they wanted me to leave a $3k drone at the airport....I had to promise not to fly it...;-).

My overall impressions of Bali as a dive destination are good. It doesn't has as much critter density as Lembeh or anilao, but still very strong. Mike mentioned he thought it was strange that we didn't see more nudis on our trip..the muck diving is still one of the tops in the world, and the combine with nice reefs and manta diving, it really is superb. On top of that, it excels at the topside beauty and the richness of the culture that no other destination can compete with. Everyone should dive Bali at least once In their lives. I'm sure this won't be our last time, and when we come back we will be using Underwater Tribe.


#363419 Spawning Anemones in New Zealand

Posted by Oceanshutter on 20 July 2015 - 12:20 PM

Beautiful Shots in there Alison!  Good job.

#363405 Diving trip to Batangas-Anilao+Poerto-Gallera.....few questions PLZ(my first...

Posted by Oceanshutter on 20 July 2015 - 05:51 AM

I can only speak to a couple of items on your list. As I haven't been to PG. Anilao is one of my favorite places. However September is still a risky time there for weather...normally October/November to May is the safe time.

As for club O. Been there twice. It is a great place, with great guides. Although, getting a hold of them can be tough. I recommend trying through their Facebook account. They have enough repeat business, they aren't too focused on gaining new clients. If that doesn't work out. There are other places that are good as well, like crystal blue.

As a side, I have done Atlantis resort in dumaguete and it was great. I am sure pg will be similar.