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Nick Hope

Member Since 12 Sep 2004
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"Contact" - The Humpback Whales of Tonga

17 May 2016 - 10:59 PM

My new video of humpback whales in Tonga.


This is made in 2016 with 2008 30i HDV footage which I deinterlaced then slowed down from 60p to 30p (before the mother and calf, which is real-time).


I hope it conveys some of the sense of awe of swimming with these magnificent animals.


Feedback, positive or negative, is welcome.


"Exchange" - Nembrotha chamberlaini nudibranchs mating

07 February 2016 - 11:24 PM

I got some nice macro footage of Nembrotha chamberlaini nudibranchs mating at Red Rock and Twin Rocks in Anilao last year.


Nudibranchs have barbed penises to hold them together and the last clips shows the effort and twisting movement required to pull that pair apart.


Shot with my Panasonic GH4 in Nauticam NA-GH4 housing. I think I was using my Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens, with a Subsee diopter for some shots. The 2 most magnified shots are cropped in from 2160 to 1080p.


Lumica underwater WiFi extension unit for action cameras

24 November 2015 - 06:32 PM

Soon you'll be able to monitor your GoPro etc. on the surface over wifi, while it's underwater.




Blending In - Lacy Bryozoan and its Inhabitants

23 October 2015 - 11:32 PM

The near-white lacy bryozoan, Triphyllozoon inornatum, has been getting attention from divers over the past couple of years since various inhabitants were spotted living in them at Ambon. In this video from Lembeh was see the same species of bryozoan hosting a soon-to-be-described bryozoan goby, a bryozoan crab (Pachycheles garciaensis) and a bryozoan snapping shrimp (Synalpheus sp.).


I originally made this as a quick video for a bryozoan specialist to confirm the ID of the bryozoan for Gerry Allen to put in his paper when he describes the goby, but I decided to make a bit more of it.


Shot with a Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam NA-GH4 housing. I used an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens with Nauticam CMC (and the 60mm f2.8 macro lens for the crab shots).