Thanks for sharing Pak Bona.It's my pleasure to join the fantastic trip in Komodo with you.
Your work is nicely done also.I love to see you keep shooting and sharing stuff more and more.
I just got a chance to do this everyday so I've done lots of trial and error.
When you got a chance to scouted around the divesite often you'll learn to positioned yourself to get your designed shot.
Nothing can compare with learning by doing.Hope you enjoyed your time filming underwater and look forward to see your work more and more.
Just got back from a LOB with KM BlackManta and I though I share some of my experience and the video clip I took from the trip.
I'm fortunate that another member from this forums also joint as an onboard videographer/photographer of the company, Nu Parnupong. He posted here from time to time and I hope he don't mind I posted a link to his video during our trip as comparison to mine
I learn lot from Nu and, since both our equipment are the same (GH4 in Nauticam housing with 7-14 most of the time), sometime is frustrating that I couldn't get the same footage as his. I have just 70 dive logs before my trip to Komodo, and I though it was enough to handle the Komodo's current while shooting. It just not the case. Bellow are some of the observation I learnt during the trip:
1. My footage is less stable. Bear in mind we both shoot the same GH4, without IS. Yet almost 80% I say mine was shaky. I considered my buoyancy control is ok, but not in the current filled water of Komodo.
2. We shoot WA most of the time, and Nu's clip can get up close and personal with the object. I used hook most of the time but I observed that Nu were free and somehow can manage the current to his advantage. Case in point was where we shooting Manta at Karang Makasar (Manta on the Moon), the current were about 3-4 knots, while I was fighting with one hand on the hook and the other on the camera Nu was free roaming and get close and personal with the Manta. My footage was just side view of the manta swimming in the current
3. I think my WB setting were OK, I used manual WB with white slate and adjust them depending on the depth. GH4 is easy for changing WB.
4. The back focus in GH4 is fantastic! GH4 UW focusing is as easy as 1-2-3
Can't wait for my next trip to R4 later this year, and as they used to say: It's not the equipments! But the man behind it!
Anyhow without further a do, here's my clip and thanks for reading my rambling above:
And here's Nu's video took at the same trip:
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