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#393647 Anilao 4k

Posted by SWink on 21 March 2018 - 11:53 AM

Wow I enjoyed that greatly. I think you have a real talent for macro. The exposure and lighting are spot on and some very interesting framing.

I loved how you can see the eyes inside the mantis shrimps eggs.




#392676 Triton Bay, West Papua with Panasonic GH5

Posted by SWink on 24 February 2018 - 06:54 PM


I also noticed that the Youtube version looks quite a bit 'duller' and the drohne shots got a green-tint then what I get playing the local file on my OLED TV. Not sure whether its compression or just not the best export settings in Davinci Resolve.  It was my first project I did start-to-end in Davinci, so still learning...



I have had the same problem. There isn't much you can do about YouTube compression but I have noticed that if you set your data levels to auto in the deliver page (Advanced settings dropdown) when exporting H264 it appears to compress the video levels down to 16-235 so I now always set the data levels to Full so as  to maintain 0-255. I don't know if YouTube knocks the levels back down again during processing but I do notice a more punchier looking output at full data levels.




#392518 Monthly Highlights fro Nelson Bay, NSW

Posted by SWink on 19 February 2018 - 02:39 PM

I have recently decided to publish a monthly highlights package of the diving around my local dive sites at Nelson Bay in NSW.


Here are the first two installments:-






I don't plan to to post future installments here (I think the moderators frown on multiple video posts) but I think I will put the them on the Wetpixel Facbook page. They will of course always be on my Youtube channel and I have created a separate playlist for them here-




I hope you like them




#389802 7-14 mm with or without focus knob?

Posted by SWink on 27 November 2017 - 11:09 AM



My GH4 set up has the dome port with the focus knob.


I have the focus gear on the 12-35mm (which I find that I use very infrequenty) but not on the 7-14mm.


I don't miss not having the focus gear at all - the depth of field of the 7-14mm is so deep that I generally have no trouble at all finding focus (I always use back-button focus).




#389800 Bali with GH5

Posted by SWink on 27 November 2017 - 10:59 AM

Great video - I really liked it.


The wide angle shots in particular were excellent.




#389597 Little Beach, Nelson Bay NSW

Posted by SWink on 21 November 2017 - 09:32 PM

A short video of one of my local dive sites. It is located on the NSW coast in Nelson Bay about a 3 1/2 hour drive north of Sydney.

It is a bit of a change from the warm clear tropical destinations but as you may see I think it it's a very under appreciated site.





#387125 Galapagos 2015

Posted by SWink on 30 August 2017 - 04:08 PM

Here his a clip from my trip to the Galapagos a couple of years ago.

I had mean't to cut it together earlier but the conditions were pretty poor so I didn't expect that I would turn out very well, But with a little work in post I think it came out OK.

And I hope the embed works this time








#387093 Another Lembeh Video

Posted by SWink on 29 August 2017 - 06:45 PM

A clip of my trip to Lembeh last year.

It might be a touch long for some of you at ovr 7min.

Hope you enjoy.







#386445 On American and European documentary storytelling and our poor sharks

Posted by SWink on 02 August 2017 - 11:56 PM

Yes it's a shame how tabloid Discovery and National Geographic have become. At least we still have the BBC - for now at least.

#385825 Spot light vs snoot for macro

Posted by SWink on 13 July 2017 - 04:09 PM

Cheers! Do u have any screenshots of the footage shot with it that? Is 5 degrees not too narrow?



Here is a sequence of clips shot with the LF800-N. I have tried to include as many variations as possible (from above, below, from the side as well as a sort of backlight on the seahorse)

The clips have had a light grade applied to correct colour and exposure. Although the manufacturer says that the light is 5000K I found that when I set my camera to 5000K that the images were way too warm. After a bit of experimentation 3500-3800K seemed to be about right.



#383962 Nauticam dealers now list part 17713 for NA-GH5

Posted by SWink on 10 May 2017 - 07:37 PM

I notice that it doesn't seem to have the joystick control so I wonder if you will still be able to use the pull focus feature,

#383449 Anyone happy with their TriPod?

Posted by SWink on 22 April 2017 - 10:50 PM


Thank for your post - I thought I was the only one having that issue with tightening the XIT legs but it seems that's just the way they work.

Also I've been using the pan method as you describe for some time now just with the plastic supplied with the base and find that it works well mostlly when a subject moves and you don't want to dick around adjusting the legs.


#368265 Nelson Bay Nudibranch Festival

Posted by SWink on 14 December 2015 - 03:41 PM

A small selection of Nudibranchs from the Nelson Bay in NSW that I submitted for a contest held in conjunction with the the Sea Slug Census 12-13 December 2015



#366076 Reflecting problem

Posted by SWink on 11 October 2015 - 02:42 PM

Thanks Lutfu - I have also been having trouble with the purple colour cast on wide angle (macro under lights doesn't seem to be such an issue) with the GH4. It seems that there is no easy fix.

#363071 Squid

Posted by SWink on 09 July 2015 - 06:52 PM