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#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!
Or for Youtubers!

#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.



Or for those that prefer Youtube






#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.


#339770 Are buoyancy arms generally needed with a setup?

Posted by Oceanshutter on 22 November 2013 - 01:35 PM

I agree with Allison. Ike arms arent great. We do the standard ulcs arms with stix. We had the ulcs bouyancy and didnt think there were as good as the stix.

My ike setup is very heavy as i have a tripod with 3 legs and 3 lights. So for macro it sinks like crazy. But i kind of want it that way. For the tripod. If i shot photos i would want it as neutral
as possible.


#338984 Here's something you don't see everyday - Marine Iguanas

Posted by Oceanshutter on 04 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

Hello Everyone,


Went diving in the Galapagos in August for the first time, and boy was that an interesting destination!  We pretty much saw everything...Really a spectacular trip, above and below water. 


One dive, which has to be one of the most unique I have ever done/heard of...is the Marine Iguana dive.  During a certain hour of the day, the Marine Iguanas head to the ocean from the land and swim and eat the seaweed and algae.  Hundreds of them are in the water.  Really a fun dive...cold but fun!  We lucked out with excellent visibility, which is not typically the case in this particular dive.


Here is a video I put together of it.  Please feel free to Share or Like it.  Also, any comments good or bad are welcome.






#338348 The Triangle

Posted by Oceanshutter on 19 October 2013 - 01:01 PM

Hello all,


I wanted to post my latest film effort.  I was fortunate enough to have it selected to be shown at the SDUFEX film expo.  Let me know what you think.  Let me know what you liked and didn't like.  I am always looking to improve.


Hope you enjoy it!





#333973 Jellyfish Lake Time-lapse

Posted by Oceanshutter on 07 July 2013 - 08:20 AM

Really great.
Thanks for posting it.

#333487 Can point and shoot achieve this kind of result?

Posted by Oceanshutter on 26 June 2013 - 02:44 PM

I am also a fan of dark rich blues.  In my opinion, he hasn't done much post in that video, if at all on some clips.  IT seems that the macro might have some bump in color.  But the blue water, I would say is pretty typical given the right conditions and WB.    I also have a canon 5d mark ii and I get similar results with just manually white balancing.  All of the blue water shots are most likely at Apo island or Siquior island.  Which have very nice blue water.  Dumaguete is more of the Muck variety.  which is where the macro shots come from.  MAgic Filters can also help with blues, although I don't use them much.  Not sure a point and shoot can do that or not.  HAven't ever used one.


I manually white balance for all of my wide angle shots.  below is a link a video of mine that was done a couple of years ago.  Keep in mind, that I was just starting to film and this was my second trip with the camera.  So it isn't great.  But this is all straight out of the camera. No post whatsoever on any of the clips.    In my video, the blues are variable, and it was cloudy alot of the time, and there were rain storms...so the water wasn't in great condition.  


Now that I am a little more experienced, I do better with my WB, and in post, I tend to increase the blacks a bit, and this helps the water get a little more blue.  Nothing major, but it helps it look better.  I haven't posted from my Komodo trip which has been the only other wide angle trip I have taken....all others have been macro.  But that has beautiful blues, as the sun was shining all day, with great viz.


The 7d should be capable of that film that you linked to.  In fact, the 7d is great with Macro too.


Hope that helps