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Member Since 25 May 2005
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In Topic: Macro Film from Bali, Lembeh, and PNG

10 March 2016 - 04:35 PM



Only thing I'd change is to cut out the feeding catfish scene as they look little less "alien" than all the other critters.




In Topic: Underwater Music Video

23 January 2016 - 06:52 PM

It all seemed a bit destructive to me: the stomping along the bottom, smashing at the wreck, ripping up the coral rubble.  Maybe the message from the music and footage is that this behaviour is evil and "dark side" but I'm not sure that message came across clearly enough.  Looked to me more like an ignorant diver damaging the dive site.  Maybe your actor did not seem sinister enough: looked more like a "naughty boy" than a "Darth Vader".




In Topic: Viewfinder Setup

28 November 2015 - 10:27 PM



Prescription Dive Masks in San Diego are great and you have complete control of the corrections and viewpoints.  They send you instructions and then you work with your optometrist to mark up your favourite mask.  You send the marked-up mask and your prescription to Prescription Dive Masks and, a couple of weeks later, it's back.


When you are marking-up the mask with your optometrist, take your time.  Hold something in your hand to simulate the camera viewfinder and work out the best position for the transition from magnification to distance viewing.




In Topic: Blending In - Lacy Bryozoan and its Inhabitants

24 October 2015 - 05:05 PM


In Topic: Devils in the sky at Cannibal rock,Komodo by GH4

16 September 2015 - 02:37 PM

Hi Nu,

Wow, what a great opportunity. Cannibal Rock is always a great dive but usually for Macro. You were lucky to be there when those rays arrived and also lucky to see them as it's usually a dive of intense focus towards the rock rather than out in the blue (actually, I should say "out in the green").

But, can I give you 3 pieces of advice.

1. Do some more color correction work on the footage. You have some reddish - purple in the highlights from the surface. With some careful secondary color correction, you should be able to pull that out.

2. Cut the yawning frog fish. This is what I call the "self-editors dilemma": you shot something interesting so you want to get it into the final cut, even though it has nothing to do with the storyline. An editor would chop it because it distracts from the story. The audience wonders what is the connection with the Rays. Is it yawning because the dive was boring before the Rays arrived? You get the point? No matter how much you love that shot, if it is not relevant to the story, it ends up on the cutting room floor. Maybe you can use it in a different story about yawning fish.

3. Don't use YouTube for quality footage. I'm sure that what you uploaded to YT looks great but their lousy compression ruins it. Especially bad in open water footage like this. Lots of ugly compression artefacts. Vimeo is better - not great, but better.

But, otherwise, great stuff!