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Nick Hope

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#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.

 




#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.




#338747 Video - Ordinskaya Caves near Ural mountains

Posted by Nick Hope on 28 October 2013 - 11:15 PM

Nice, atmospheric footage and I enjoyed the aspect ratio changes. The lighter music for the credit was strange, but might have worked if the accompanying footage was different and relaxed (e.g. all smiles while de-kitting), but it wasn't. Would have been great to see you all emerging triumphantly into the light at the end.




#331373 First Place Video - Classic - SEA International 2013

Posted by Nick Hope on 14 May 2013 - 10:32 PM

Very nice work Dustin. Full frame looks so challenging for macro because of shallow depth of field but you did good. Great lighting. Great music.

 

Suggestions for improvement...

 

Use some straight cuts instead of cross-dissolving every single transition.

 

And move your copyright notice right out into the corner. It's distracting where it is. You'd still qualify for statutory damages under US copyright law if someone crops it out.

 

Also if you're using a royalty-free CC licence, make sure it's CC-BY and not CC-BY-ND, which doesn't cover syncing to music, or CC-BY-SA, which requires you to share your video under the same licence.

 

What did the stargazer eat?




#329422 Panasonic GH3 is (almost) here

Posted by Nick Hope on 08 April 2013 - 10:18 PM

Nauticam have told me: "We provide only the acrylic dome ports for NA-GH3 housing."  :(

 

(In case anyone missed it: pics of the housing)

 

Anyone at NAB?