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Nick Hope

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

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.


SmallHD DP4 vs Atomos Ninja 2 in Nauticam housings

31 October 2013 - 04:02 AM

I'm thinking of either the SmallHD DP4 or the Atomos Ninja 2 in Nauticam housings for use, initially, with a Panasonic GH3 in Nauticam housing.


I realise that the DP4 doesn't record anything and is just a monitor, but I don't see the recording of the Ninja 2 as particularly useful to me since it can't record 1080-60p, and the GH3 can't output more than 8-bit 4:2:0.


But the price of the 2 solutions isn't enormously different (approx $2100 with sunshade vs $2500), so I could go for the Ninja 2 anyway and be more future-proofed for other cameras. Can anyone tell me how the 2 compare for monitoring features (judging focus & exposure) and ease of use. Also, how do they compare in size and weight. I can't find the figures online, but of course the NA-Ninja2 looks somewhat bigger.


(edit: Just read Kien's reply to the 1st question on this blog post, but am interested in further views)

Mucky Secrets - Prologue - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait

10 October 2013 - 02:00 AM

I've been working on a 90-minute documentary called "Mucky Secrets", about Lembeh Strait critters. I still have some way to go before finishing it, but here's a prologue I made in advance of the full release. I really tried to show the personalities of the animals, which isn't easy when they only have about 3 seconds each. Feedback welcome!


Juvenile Filefish from the Lembeh Strait

13 September 2013 - 08:38 AM

Can anyone help me identify this juvenile filefish from TK in the Lembeh Strait?


Paramonacanthus choirocephalus perhaps? Or maybe Acreichthys tomentosus?




Getting some wider shots with an MFT macro rig

20 August 2013 - 07:32 AM

There's a good chance my next rig, at least for shooting small stuff, will be a Panasonic GH3 or Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera in a Nauticam housing.


It's also likely to have a Panasonic 45mm or Olypmus 60mm macro lens on it a lot of the time, behind a Nauticam macro port with a 67mm thread. Probably also a Subsee diopter on hand for super-macro.


So here's the thing... How to get some wider establishing shots in a situation where you can't zoom? There are so many u/w macro videos these days where all you get is the tight/super-tight shots and for me they just don't flow as nicely as videos shot with older cameras that were zoomable.


There's always the option of a 2nd cam, but it's an extra hassle, even if it's just a GoPro mounted on top of the main camera.


How would a wet-mount wide conversion lens such as an Inon work in front one of those macro lenses? Is it a daft idea? What sort of image could be expected? If it's not a daft idea, can anyone recommend one that's easy to get on and off? Even flippable perhaps?


Or any other bright ideas?