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Pete L

Member Since 22 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Sep 16 2017 03:39 PM

#387439 Grading Red Scarlet W Footage

Posted by Pete L on 09 September 2017 - 04:42 PM

Despite almost zero information within the Red colour channel, the R3D files from the Scarlet W still grade up nicely.
Took about 12 nodes to get to this point but considering the starting point of this clip, it turned out reasonably well, especially given the conditions.
Conditions were tough with maybe 5 metres vis, surgy and lots of floating particles. This shot was about 18 metres deep.
Scarlet W, 5k 50fps, Nikon 16-35mm and 8 inch dome on the Gates Pro Action Housing.
Graded in Davinci Resolve 14.



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#380979 Pigmy Pipehorses of Bare Island

Posted by Pete L on 27 January 2017 - 12:57 AM

Sydney has some very diverse marine life for a major tourist hub and Botany Bay, being on the door step of Sydney's international Airport is a surprisingly healthy environment.
​Some of the more cryptic species living in Botany Bay ate the Pigmy Pipehorses.

These little critters are so well camouflaged that they are sometimes impossible to see even when looking directly at them.


I put a little video together of a recent dive I did to film the Pigmy Pipehorses, hope you enjoy it.




#379999 Sony AX100/Gates 2016 Showreel

Posted by Pete L on 28 December 2016 - 07:56 PM

Here is a series of shots from 2016 using the Sony AX100 in a Gates Housing and Gates GT-14 Video Lights.

Hope you enjoy :)




#379829 Sony AX100 Close Up 4K

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 02:44 AM

This is a sample of AX100 footage, in a Gates Housing and GT-14 video lights with Tiffen Filters attached.
​This sequence was shot with a dioptre attached to the camera, behind the flat port of the housing and was shot in Botany Bay, Sydney Australia.




#379828 Sony AX100 Wide Angle Sharks

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 02:37 AM

Here is a short clip taken with a Sony AX100/Gates Housing/Gates GT-14 Lights & Tiffen Filters, shot onboard Mike Ball's Spoilsport out at Osprey Reef, Great Barrier Reef Australia.



#379826 Successor to the Sony AX100 ?

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 01:58 AM

I would love to see an AX100 MK2 with 60p, 220mbps and a few other upgrades but whether that will come in 2017 or 2018 is anybody's guess.
The AX100 is still a solid investment and a very capable camera in the right hands.

#379825 Sony a7s and MWB

Posted by Pete L on 22 December 2016 - 01:53 AM



Have a read through that Trent.

#373970 Video Editing Software for MAC

Posted by Pete L on 25 May 2016 - 11:24 AM

Davinci Resolve, it's free and very powerful.

#372364 Underwater Colour Correction With The Sony AX100

Posted by Pete L on 08 April 2016 - 12:26 AM

I have used several DSLR type systems for video work, including 7D, 5D & GH4 and my biggest issue was always that I was never 100% confident that my footage was in focus and when someone is paying you to get the shot and you are always thinking in the back of your mind, I hope that is in focus, well it is not a good feeling.


I'm certainly not going to bash DSLR users as there are many members here that are getting great results from them.

For me though, having distance markers on the screen means I can lock my focus at 0.3 at full wide zoom and I know 100% of the time that the shot is in focus.

The other features I like of a video system are the ND filters, which I couldn't live without now, a zoom lens, the ability to manually focus and swap between manual and auto focus when needed, focus peaking (which I use mainly for macro work and like ND filters, peaking is a godsend for macro work), the ease of getting into the WB menu and having one push WB and decent auto focus.


The things I like specifically about the AX100 would be the image quality first and foremost, the larger sensor means I can finally pull focus underwater and help to separate subjects from backgrounds, the XAVC-s codec is fantastic for post work and the Gates Housing is well balanced, the main functions are well placed for easy access and the extra items like the top handle and tripod make it a great system to use.


I can't see myself going back to an SLR style setup to shoot video permanently.

The GH4 was a great camera and I see people adding all sorts of extra equipment onto it to make it "better" but the size is growing and so is the cost.

Price up the cost of an SLR system versus a video based system, in most cases it is cheaper to setup a video system and I certainly understand that not everybody wants to be locked into a video system and that is fine but for me, it is a dedicated video system all the way.

Whether that be Sony, Canon or whoever else comes along in the future.

Oh and by the way, my understanding is that Sony will not be releasing an updated version of the AX100 this year.

#372363 Underwater Colour Correction With The Sony AX100

Posted by Pete L on 08 April 2016 - 12:05 AM





I didn't get the magenta filter until after I returned, but think it may have helped - I'll try it next time.


Here's a minute (however bad) of what I did get - no filter, one-push and the red tape spot trick you suggested: https://youtu.be/EZPhf1wku3o


In the first clip my wife is trying to get the manatee to stay so she could back up - it was a bit too close to let her focus.




Tom, the beauty of the white slate with red stickers is that you can zoom in and out and that will adjust how much red is added to the image and will dramatically change the white balance.

#372226 Underwater Colour Correction With The Sony AX100

Posted by Pete L on 05 April 2016 - 01:25 AM

Pete, what cameras are you using now? I thought you were using a GH4. Have you moved on to an AX100 or are you using both? Or...?


I sold the GH4 a long time ago Nick.
I am now with the AX100 and loving it.

Pete, what cameras are you using now? I thought you were using a GH4. Have you moved on to an AX100 or are you using both? Or...?

#353321 FS-Panasonic GH4 Body & Nauticam GH3 Housing

Posted by Pete L on 11 October 2014 - 02:59 AM


#349514 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Pete L on 27 June 2014 - 10:33 PM

Simon, if you get the 7-14mm lens, make sure you black out the silver writing on the front of the lens as it will reflect in the 6inch dome.

#348685 GH4 footage and rig pic

Posted by Pete L on 04 June 2014 - 11:18 PM

Yeah Nick, no manual focus on the 12-50 or the 7-14.

I just used auto focus & then switched in to manual focus to lock it & stop it from hunting.

There is a switch on the back of the GH4 to flick between manual & auto focus.

Focus peaking only works in manual focus too.

I would kill to have manual focus for both of these lenses.

I hope as the Gh4 becomes more popular then there will be manual focus options available to us.

It is really my only serious complaint so far.

#348568 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Pete L on 02 June 2014 - 11:51 PM

Nick, with the couple of dives that I have used the 12-50mm lens on the GH4, I have not seen the same amount of softness in the corners at full wide.

Whilst I can't remember the numbers off hand, the GH4 in UHD mode has a different crop factor compared to 1080, something like 2x for 1080 & 2.3x for UHD plus it reads the sensor differently in the two modes so I do think the 12-50mm is better on the GH4 but sydneys conditions this last week have been not very good for wide angle shooting so it may be a little while before I can do some decent tests with this lens in the 12mm region.

Cheers Pete.