The editing is the key, if you look at the "Angel of the Deep", at 1:49 and 2:32, any camera can get this kind of shot (DSLR, RED, Point & Shoot), there is nothing special about the color and composition on those specific frame/clip. At the end of the day, it's how you use the clips you shoot, put them together (with the help of appropriate music), and create the right emotion.
A couple years ago I was just obsess about 4K cameras, until recently I just starting to pay attention to use Premiere Pro properly, stop just using fade in fade out transition, try to do complex stuff. I have to say, having more than basic editing skill makes a big difference.
I think that's only partially correct. Both those shots of the threshers are filmed overcranked (at least 60fps, perhaps even 120fps) and slowed down to 24fps for the nice slow-motion effect. And getting that close to the threshers does require a certain level of comfort in the water, good buoyancy, steady hands, etc. But definitely, the two shots in themselves aren't necessarily special, it's the entire piece, the story it tells, and the emotions it invokes.
I'd also argue that focusing on transitions is the wrong place to focus on -- fancy transitions that don't support the overall story you're trying to tell often just come across as gimmicks. Look at Hollywood movies for example -- how often do you see them using fancy transitions between scenes? Usually you want to make your transitions as invisible as possible so you don't distract the viewer from the story or message you're trying to convey.
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