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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
Offline Last Active Aug 24 2015 07:50 PM
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Stiliger sp.. A new species of sea slug

08 August 2015 - 09:36 PM

I shot this footage of a sacoglossan (sap-sucking slug) in May in the Lembeh Strait.

 

I was unable to find a match for it in my references, and Terry Gosliner (on the strength of 1 frame grab), reckoned it was a new species of Stiliger sp., so I made a little YouTube video of it.

 

I particularly like how you can see the material traveling up and down the ducts of the digestive gland.

 

Shot with my Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam NA-GH4 housing. I used an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 macro lens and a Nauticam CMC. Quite a lot of the shots are cropped from 2160p to 1080p to give more effective magnification.

 


Locline. Does it always creak?

18 May 2015 - 12:25 AM

I'm not getting on very well using arms with clamps for video. They drive me a bit mad. So I'm considering "bendy arm" solutions again. I've used Locline arms in the past but it creaked so loudly, disturbing both marine life and my fellow divers. I've also made DIY light arms out of plastic Gorillapod, but all the joints gradually went floppy.

 

Has anyone used strong, chunky Locline that doesn't creak or flop? If so, exactly what was the spec and where did you get it?

 

Any other clever solutions for bendy light arms?

 

(I'm using Keldan Luna 4X now but might change to something smaller and lighter for macro)


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.