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
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.
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.
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.
The folks over at the SEA International Photo and Video competition (NCUPS). have announced the winners of this years Video competition. They run a great organization, and I recommend anyone who is interested to enter in next years competition. This year I was lucky enough to have placed in first place in the Classic category. I have to admit, I am pretty excited about this, as this the first competition I have ever entered.
Have a look if you have a few minutes. Feel free to Share, Like, and Comment on it.
I value all the opinions here on Wetpixel, so if there are things that you think I could do better, please feel free to chime in. I am always looking to improve.
In my mind, Palau would make the most sense. Delta has a direct flight from NRT to ROR. Then you could take United back home from there. Or go back to Tokyo. Plus if you are worried about how to get it expensed....then you could just pay for the Tokyo to ROR out of your own pocket, thus not screwing up your expense report.
As for critters...Palau isn't the best, It has some but not a lot. but it is still got great diving. Much better than Guam or Hawaii. You aren't going to great critters unless you go down to the Philippines or Indonesia.
Truk is also there too....best wreck diving in the world. But would be harder to get to than Palau.
I was in the Philippines this last month, and had the good fortune of being able to film an extremely rare nudibranch. The Kalinga Ornata! To my knowledge, this is the only video of the nudibranch in a natural and behavioral standpoint. Even Roger Steene hasn't seen this nudibranch yet!
After reviewing my footage that evening, I noticed that I caught it eating a Brittle Star. With it's translucent body, you can see the star moving around in the body. I didn't know it was feeding when I was shooting it. So that was a pleasant surprise!
I am sorry for all the junk in the water. It was a very silty dive site, and being a night dive, my lights were attracting all sorts of critters.
Let me know what you think of the video, and if you have ever seen this nudi before either video or photo.