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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
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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?

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

02 November 2014 - 07:41 AM

Following on from my serialisation, here is my full 90-minute documentary about the marine life of the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.


Subtitles are available for both the narration and the names of the marine species and dive sites.


If you disagree or wish to add to any of the content, do please comment. Feedback is always appreciated.


Feel free to share and embed anywhere.




Worm from Lembeh

17 August 2014 - 09:26 PM

Can anyone tell me what the worm starting at 06:56 in this video from the Lembeh Strait might be? I mean the greenish one on the far right of the clip. Thanks