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In Topic: Camera permits in Belize?

30 December 2013 - 02:05 PM

Just bumping this question here in the hopes someone has some experience to share.  


Has anyone done the Whale Shark (or other diving) with a DSLR or more advanced camera in Belize?  If so, did you have to get a film permit? Any recommendations here?

In Topic: Agency vs agency

29 November 2013 - 09:27 PM

Is "Ocean Stock" and "Ocean Footage" the same?  I can't seem to find any obvious links to "Ocean Stock" on the web.

In Topic: Rare Nudibranch Video - Kalinga Ornata

29 March 2013 - 03:06 PM

Very nice!!  I love how you can see the brittle star through the nudi!!

In Topic: Disappearing Giant Kelp Forests of Tasmania

09 March 2013 - 05:17 AM

Here's an updated link to the video as it seems that the old link is no longer working...


In Topic: Hawaii Black Water Diving

09 March 2013 - 02:42 AM

This is great stuff! I am going to Hawaii with friends in May, and I think we've got a couple black water dives planned. I've got a similar setup to yours, therefore I am curious about your settings. -Did you MWB on a slate at the beginning of the dive? -What optics did you use? It doesn't look very wide... But I am not sure I have a good sense of scale in each shot! -Did you set the focus once and for all, or did you try to vary during the dive? -You are saying that the Sola were insufficient. Do you mean in terms of lumens? Or battery life? I would have thought that for relatively close subjects, the dive would have been similar to a regular reef night dive and thus the Sola would have been a tad bright... -And finally, how deep were you diving? Of course you don't have to answer all questions... There is much to learn just from your footage. Did I say it already? Great stuff!

It's a bit embarrassing but I can't remember what I did with my white balance - I think I had it on auto - recommend just taking a white slate or something, filming it at the start, and using that to adjust in post production. White balance wasn't as critical as the light / focus (had this on auto as well) / iris.   I used the flat port lens that comes with the Bluefin Pro housing - I knew the critters were going to mainly be small.....   I was told by the dive guide to give the critters a lot of light and to manually adjust the iris to control the amount of light the camera picked up. That being said, I know I still had hot spots on a number of the critters.  Needed more dives to get it right.  The 2 Sola 1200's were insufficient in terms of getting enough light to come at slightly different angles to light up the critters and prevent a narrow light band.  I had the lights placed basically up against the lens angled out to give ~ 4 inches of darkness in front of the lens (important because of backscatter and the little white worms that love the light).  So the critters were filmed about 6-7 inches in front of the lens and had another ~6 inches or so before they went outside the beams. Battery life was fine.  My lights were on medium most of the dive and they lasted the full 75 minutes (whew, I was worried at first).   As for depth, we were anywhere between 15 and 45 feet, most of it was at ~ 30-35 feet....