I don't understand why it would be a "good alternative" to the 7-14 for UW shooters. An aperture of f2.8 isn't all that useful for WA shots, and the price is nearly double. Unless is is markedly better in quality, I don't understand the positioning of this lens in the line up, unless it has advantages above water (OK, filters). Someone educate me please!
Now that I have been able to watch full screen with the sound turned up, I am even more impressed. It wouldn't be right to pick favorites but three sequences really stand out for me. The opening shot of the squid and ink cloud sets the "alien" tone so well due to the dramatic lighting. The mantis aerating her eggs is just such a great behavior sequence. And the cricket noises coming from the little triplefin (?) on the whip coral made me laugh. I also like the new title sequence, though the style in part 1 is also effective.
You might want to check how this is embedded. Maybe its my browser but I don't get any controls (full screen or volume) so had to go direct to Vimeo to play this right.
Dustin - Brilliant work as usual, really fantastic macro cinematography. I only watched it once quickly (at work, but couldn't resist) but I am again impressed with how you manage to get such steady detailed shots of skittish critters at macro range. The sound editing really is entertaining too, at least, for those who know this is not how things really sound under water. Were these sequences shot primarily at one location or a compilation from multiple trips? You've edited it all together seamlessly. I cannot imagine the time that goes into producing these but I am glad that you do it. Thanks once again for sharing! Robert
Paul's comment made me curious, so I did a quick search. Indeed the US is concerned about immigration through Honduras toward the US. I did not research carefully, but this quote from a self-identified "immigration think tank" in the US is telling:
"The National Institute for Migration (INM), created in 2014, is the agency responsible for controlling and regulating migration into and out of Honduras. Menjívar, an attorney, was appointed as director to elevate the status of the INM, given the corruption scandals that plagued the previous immigration agency. That prior agency, the General Migration Directorate, was abolished and its entire staff fired because it was actually facilitating alien smuggling."
So they probably have to be more careful about arrivals who could really just be transients. The described experience is still a pain, no doubt, but it doesn't seem like discrimination.