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Short video from Norway

16 October 2015 - 04:07 AM

So, I'm still in the steep, very early part of the learning curve when it comes to video. I'm primarily a still photog, but since I wanted to have a little video from my dives as well, I've gone and mounted a GoPro Hero4 on top of my EM-5 rig. So far I've been shooting 2.7k30, protune, native color balance and flat tone curve to have maximum latitude for adjustments in post. Editing/post-production is in Premiere Elements 13, and I like to insert stills into the edited video.


Here's my third attempt at UW videoing and editing. It's from a weekend trip last week, to the coast of middle Norway. Any constructive feedback would be appreciated.





Lumpsucker feedback

14 October 2015 - 01:21 PM

After a drowned strobe and a dry spell I was able to take my Pana 8mm for a swing again. This time on the coast of middle Norway, where I met a really cute lumpsucker. As usual, I shot in aperture priority mode with -2EV on the ambient, TTL flash. If I try to shoot manual, I end up using my time fiddling with the dials rather than nailing the shot, and this girl was a little coquettish - or perhaps shy. If I'd shot manual, she'd probably gone somewhere else. Anyway, since she was a bit skittish I had to crop a bit in post, so the composition isn't fixed. The picture was processed as usual in LR5, with moderate amounts of clarity. I brushed the rock a bit darker since it was a bit overexposed, the rear part of the fish a little lighter, and as usual pulled the black slider until the shadows just started to blow. As a finishing touch, I added a -0.5EV graduated filter to the lower left corner. Here's the result:




Is there anything I could - or should - have done differently? I was wondering if it's work better in 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the 4:3 ratio my EM-5 gives me.

Green water pictures

23 July 2015 - 05:07 AM

Here up North, we're riddled with poor viz during the warmer months of the year, and there are less pretty fishes around. On the other hand, the bottom life is pretty decent compared to e.g. the Mediterranean, and the green water makes for a nice change from the stereotypical blue backgrounds you get in warm water destinations. I've been shooting with my E-M5 for a little more than two years now, and I'd like to show off some of my more successful shots:


M Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, ambient only:

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M Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, single strobe:

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M Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, two strobes:

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Panasonic 8mm f/3.5:

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Drowned Inon Z240 - anything worth salvaging?

14 July 2015 - 10:11 AM

So I managed to drown my first strobe on Sunday. Poorly installed O-ring on the battery compartment lid. My own fault.

Except for the obvious solution of cussing, swearing, kicking my own arse and buying a new strobe, is there anything worth salvaging as spare parts before I deliver the cadaver as electrical garbage for recycling?

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Strobe positioning with fisheye - tips needed!

13 June 2015 - 12:14 PM

So, I got my FE dome port this week and took my new Panasonic 8mm/3.5 for a spin today. I had anticipated a certain learning curve to get comfortable with the FE perspective, but I hadn't anticipated the trouble with my strobes. Hotspots and uneven lighting galore!  :aggressive: I pulled the strobes closer to the housing and even angled them inwards, but I still had problems getting something even reminiscent of even lighting :(
Here's one of the shots, SOOC (or, at least, before any adjustments in LR):
I managed to turn it into something that at least didn't hurt to look at:
But I don't think I like the thought of having to dodge every shot to get rid of the hotspots. There has to be something I haven't learned about positioning the strobes when using a fisheye. So, any tips or links to articles are highly appreciated!