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Nick Hope

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#355033 GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

Posted by Nick Hope on 04 December 2014 - 09:07 PM

Having seen a Shogun prototype at Photo Fair in Bangkok, and the pictures of the prototype Nauticam housing on the net, I sent this list of suggestions to Nauticam:


1. It would be great if you could include a hydrophone (underwater microphone) in the housing, as the Shogun can record balanced audio as well as video.


2. I wondered if it would be realistic to include a vacuum leak-alert system. USD2000 is a lot to lose in a flood!


3. Will you be supporting the dual hard drive caddy, which is fatter than the single one?


4. I would be interested to know what maximum size of battery you plan to support.


5. If you are making a "cheese plate" bracket to mount the Shogun housing with a GH4 housing, if possible please include mounting points so we can add 3 Xit404 tripod legs.


6. It would be wonderful if the bracket allows the Shogun to move vertically up and down, or swing up out of the way so we can see the camera.


Of course I realize some of these options would add significant size and expense so they may not be feasible.

#353986 Mucky Secrets - IN FULL - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait

Posted by Nick Hope on 03 November 2014 - 06:06 AM

Thanks Mike :) ... Not quite full time 7 years but did spend a good year on it, all told.


SwiftFF5, I'm working on the DVD right now. It will be available through CreateSpace. I'll come back and report when it's ready.


I'm also thinking of a Blu-ray too, but really want to find a distributor rather than burn/print/send/bill by myself. Anyone know one?

#352103 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 28 August 2014 - 09:25 PM

Davide, I was also shocked with the amount of stuff I managed to shoot in 9 days, but such is the density and variety of life there. 3 or 4 x 90 minute dives per day and excellent guiding helped. No idea when I'll get back. Just getting wet again anywere will be a start. It's been a long time.


Here's part 18 which features nudibranchs, sea slugs that have lost their protective shell, but compensate with more advanced weapons of defence.


#350462 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 18 July 2014 - 01:14 PM

Part 13, which features a young panther grouper, and then a variety of benthic fishes: stargazers, flounders and flatheads.


#350121 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 10 July 2014 - 08:52 AM

Sorry to fall behind. Here is part 12, which features Lembeh's boxfishes, puffers & porcupinefishes.


#349363 Hairy frog fish right ???

Posted by Nick Hope on 23 June 2014 - 02:20 AM

Pretty certain this is a striated (hairy) frogfish. Their lure looks correct (like a polychaete worm). You can see another black one with a bit of commentary just after 4:15 in my video.

#348778 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 06 June 2014 - 07:57 PM

GOT? :huh:


edit: Ah, Game Of Thrones. I've heard of that. No idea what it is though.

#348212 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Nick Hope on 26 May 2014 - 11:25 PM

White Balancing was done very easily using the sequence: WB Button, UP Button and then Shutter, while pointing at a Amphibico White Balance slate. It never gave me any issues from 3m to 20m. Really fast, accurate and no problems. Can't see it needing that slate - Im sure it will work with any - it won't be for a couple of weeks, but I my old PADI Photography slate somewhere - I can do some comparisons for you - if you can wait :)


Try white balancing on the palm of your hand. Is that possible with your rig? You might be surprised. Check out the tests I did in 2007 with my Sony Z1.


Also, I find your graded footage rather red. Personally I would make it less red and more blue. But of course this is personal preference.

#347470 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 08 May 2014 - 02:40 PM

Thanks guys!


Here's part 5, in which we meet Lembeh's cuddly and loveable snake eels and moray eels, including ribbon eels, which are a type of moray, in case you didn't know.


#346155 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 13 April 2014 - 10:08 PM

Thanks Dustin. Maybe I can split them up to make them shorter, and try and get them onto one line. Cheers

#345946 Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - Series

Posted by Nick Hope on 10 April 2014 - 02:58 AM

In September 2007 I took my old Sony HVR-Z1P to the Lembeh Strait for 9 days and came back with a ridiculous amount of footage of a ludicrous number of critters. Six and a half years later, I've finally made a documentary of it. Speed of post-production is not one of my strengths :sleepbig:


Last year I posted a prologue video. Now, finally, here is the first episode, which introduces Lembeh's location at the heart of the Coral Triangle, and takes a look at corals and tunicates. If it's OK, I'll post future weekly episodes on this thread.


The camera was in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with a flat port, and I used a Century +3.5 achromatic diopter for most of the macro shots. I used Light & Motion Elite (halogen) lights on most shots.


As always, honest feedback is welcome - positive, neutral or negative.


#345667 Critter Planet

Posted by Nick Hope on 04 April 2014 - 07:54 PM

Very nice work Dustin.

#345451 Upcoming Panasonic GH-4K

Posted by Nick Hope on 01 April 2014 - 02:05 AM

Call me old fashioned but I thought April fools jokes were supposed to be made on 1st April. And a bit strange (from an English perspective) to keep insisting it's real after everyone's claiming April fool. A bit of a dangerous game. I doubt Panasonic are too impressed.

#338896 Get the kick out of this!!!

Posted by Nick Hope on 01 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

Do not watch "True Facts About The Frog", and do not Google "Trypophobia". You've been warned.

#338749 The Triangle

Posted by Nick Hope on 28 October 2013 - 11:39 PM

Very nice film. I especially liked the anemonefish tending its eggs, and that black manta is beautiful.


As you're looking to improve, I did notice one or two slight wobbles at points that I might have tried to stabilise or cut in post. Also I think you may have just slightly overdone it darkening the footage in a couple of places. The blues were occasionally very deep, almost too deep, and the blacks very black. But I'm being very picky here.


One other thing. Be very careful with CC licences. You generally need CC-BY for what we do. CC-BY-ND doesn't allow for syncing to video. I love the track you've used and wanted to use some of that artist's music myself, but very little of it is CC-BY, and I've been too cheap so far to stump up the $99 for a Jamendo pro licence.