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Nick Hope

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Macro Video of Saddleback Clownfish Eggs in Anilao

07 March 2015 - 10:13 AM

A very short macro video of saddleback clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus, tending to their eggs at Bethlehem near Anilao.


Shot with the with my Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam NA-GH4 housing. I used an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens. I can't wait to get my Olympus 60mm macro lens on some clownfish eggs.


I'm really enjoying the panning/cropping/zooming capability that the 4K gives me when publishing in 1080p. The most close-up shot here (at 0:43) is just a straight crop down to 1080p.


Chariot of Fire - Fire Urchins with Coleman Shrimps, Zebra Crabs & Urchin Crabs

03 March 2015 - 06:02 AM

Not quite sure what happened here... Wanted to try something different and it turned into this pompous piece.

Coleman shrimps (Periclimenes colemani), urchin shrimps (Allopontonia brockii), and zebra crabs (Zebrida adamsii) live and travel on fire urchins (Asthenosoma varium) in Anilao, Philippines.


Shot with my Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam NA-GH4 housing. I used an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens and 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

Err... feedback welcome... I think... :unsure:

Just Keep Swimming!

09 February 2015 - 05:54 AM

A silly little video of a small school of saddleback clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus, in the shallows in Anilao, the Philippines.

Shot with my Panasonic GH4 and Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ lens in Nauticam housing. First underwater video I've published that was shot since 2008.

Dive and See DNC-7A(H1) 7" Underwater monitor with HDMI Input

08 February 2015 - 10:30 PM

I'm considering a Dive and See DNC-7A(H1) 7" Underwater monitor with HDMI input for my GH4 rig.


I need a monitor and I think this should be a cheaper/more compact/lighter/more straightforward solution than the others.

Anyone have any experience or opinions before I pull the trigger?

I was planning to get an Atomos Shogun but there are so many apparent drawbacks that I've just about changed my mind. i.e. Cost, size, bulk, storage requirements, battery life, dubious real-world benefits of 10-bit 422 etc. for this camera, and still no housings.

3-Point Lighting, Spotlights, Snoots for Video Lights

07 December 2014 - 12:05 PM

I've been looking for a 3rd light to use as a back light in a 3-point lighting setup for macro with my 2 Keldan Luna 4X lights as key light and fill light. The idea is that the 3rd light shines from behind, creating a halo effect, making the subject pop out from the background.


I was originally looking at spotlights, but struggling to find something near the colour temperature of the Keldans and a narrow beam. The nearest I've come is the RGBlue System 01 with the RGB-SA01 searchlight adapter (lower down that page), which narrows the beam to 30 degrees. It's more expensive and larger than I was originally looking for. There are narrower and/or smaller lights than this but usually a much higher colour temperature.


Then I got to thinking of a snoot for the back light (and for typical snoot shots), and I notice that there is a reductive snoot kit available for the RGBlue.


Are there any transmission snoots (fibre optic) that could be used with the RGBlue light?


And while we're at it are there any snoots, either reductive or fibre optic, that could be used with the Keldan Lun 4X? The outside diameter is 72mm.


Finally, anyone tried 3-point lighting or snoots for underwater video, or have any thoughts on it?