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Member Since 31 Oct 2012
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In Topic: a very very very short story of an octopus

18 August 2017 - 03:31 AM

Fantastic! A brilliant little film.

In Topic: Color Checker as refrence

18 August 2017 - 12:02 AM

Firstly about editing - there is an old editors saying 'If you can't fix it, mix it' so try not to do so many fades and mixes guys and remember to shoot your cutaways when you are down there.


Secondly and a bit more on topic I reckon the new Inon variable filter combined with some playing around with a colour checker should help us all become better colour graders.

In Topic: On American and European documentary storytelling and our poor sharks

11 August 2017 - 02:39 PM

The "deregulated" media is run by people who only care about profit and are happy to broadcast CCTV footage to fill the spaces between the ads, there are media industry people who don't seem to know much about diving, there are divers who don't seem to know much about film making and there are people on sites like this who now have cameras like the GH5 or BM Pocket, software like Davinci Resolve 14, rebreathers and amazing dedication. Of course we all need to sharpen our post production skills, read more theory and criticism and watch more of the good stuff that was done in the past, so does anyone know if Hans Hass's stuff is available on DVD?

In Topic: Color Checker as refrence

31 July 2017 - 11:57 PM

I came to the conclusion that 25 metres is as deep as you can really use ambient light in The Red Sea. If you go to 30 it is possible but an awful lot of work in post. So OK for Thistlegorm but as I was only shooting stills I did finally decide that on a wreck you need to do quite a bit of work on the red channel, even on the deck on Thistlegorm, to get a bit of the rust colour.


I have also tried a bit in the Med but it doesn't work so well and you need definately need a filter in green water.

In Topic: Color Checker as refrence

31 July 2017 - 01:27 AM

I played around with this years ago with a laminated checker for stills. I was basically trying to work out how deep I could shoot with available light in The Red Sea. The problem seems to be that our brains, or maybe optic nerves, do a bit of colour correction when we are underwater so you then have to adjust for this in post when you are out of the water. It's a really interesting excercise though and I learnt a lot from doing it.