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#371813 Milne Bay Rhinopia/Scorpionfish?

Posted by liquidguru on 23 March 2016 - 12:40 AM

Looks like a Lionfish, maybe a Scorpionfish, to me. Definitely not the Rhinopias filamentosus we get in Ambon.

#361813 Critter shot on the reef straits at Roatan, Honduras near CCV

Posted by liquidguru on 04 June 2015 - 05:24 AM

My good friend Mickey Charteris, from the other side of Roatan, sent me the following:


Blackbelly Blenny, found and shot by a friend of mine here. Never found one myself, but got it identified (Stathmonotus hemphillii) See https://www.youtube....h?v=fwNfb-EJ3L0

#360411 How important is underwater tripod?

Posted by liquidguru on 23 April 2015 - 05:38 AM

I've used a big gorillapod for the last 5 years. My first lasted 4 years, onto my second now. I could not live without it for macro, it's essential. I like the gorillapod, as you can either stand it on three legs, or push two legs forward to balance your rig that way. What setup are you using?

#350180 Ambon Photos

Posted by liquidguru on 12 July 2014 - 02:00 AM

Barb, my partner, has just published her photos from our first season in Ambon. Some really lovely macro photos, please enjoy :)
Click here to go to gallery

(Edited for correct gallery)

#346141 ADEX Singapore 2014 Scubacam/Wetpixel Party 11th April 2014

Posted by liquidguru on 13 April 2014 - 06:14 PM

Thanks Mike. Vimeo's having problems loading over my internet connection....and the little bits I did see seemed to have a lot a fat bald Canadian hanging around in the background...bit off-putting..... ;)

#338852 Tubastraea micrantha shrimp

Posted by liquidguru on 31 October 2013 - 08:54 PM

Found out (thanks Brian Mayes) that it is a Pontonides maldivensis

#330047 IWUPC - Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest 2013

Posted by liquidguru on 20 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

Kungkungan Bay Resort - Lembeh - http://www.divekbr.com email: info@divekbr.com

#329356 Coconut Octopus giving birth

Posted by liquidguru on 08 April 2013 - 03:55 AM

i was very happy to finally film this wonderful event


#325638 Idiomysis - Finally caught on film

Posted by liquidguru on 04 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

Even though Lembeh is all about small things, some things are smaller than others. And they don't come much smaller (or harder to film) than Idiomysis.

These are a tiny little crustacean that seem to hover around like flies. They are only a few millimeters long and are always in constant motion. This makes it very difficult to photograph or film them.

It has been a pet project of mine, over the last year or so, to try and get video of them, using my woefully inadequate equipment. My idea is simple...use the slow motion feature to capture these creatures, so you can actually see them. The trouble is twofold. One: The depth of field is very very small, and it's impossible to re-focus, either manually or automatically, at these distances and speed that the Idiomysis move. Two: When I hit the 'slow motion' function on my camcorder, it goes into a three second 240fps auto mode. you hit it and it immediately takes the 3 second shot, with no control, no re-focusing...

So for a shot of these Idiomysis to come out I need the tiny little thing to just move up and down while it happens to be in focus, and not to move back or forth away to towards the camera. Believe me , this is not something that happens very much...

But finally, today, I think I have enough to present the world's first macro slow motion (nearly all in focus) video of these creatures. They are fascinating little things, and have wonderful eyes, bodies and it is really cool to finally be able to see one.


#321890 Lembeh Lens...

Posted by liquidguru on 02 December 2012 - 11:08 PM

We generally suggest a 50/60mm lens, as it will give you much more flexibility. The mimic in jlyle's photo is a small one. If you can stack diopters on the 50mm then you can add if needed.

Why not take both? You can change day by day. One day go for the tiny tiny stuff, then the next the sligtly bigger things.

#321835 Pygmy Squid Laying Eggs

Posted by liquidguru on 02 December 2012 - 03:37 AM

Thought I'd share a very cool bit of behaviour I saw this week, a treat for cephalpod lovers. It was certainly something I had never seen before.

Pygmy Squid are, as the name suggests, very small squid. Not an awful lot is known about them. This one was, perhaps, 1.5cm (0.5") long and is an adult.
It started off when I saw, from a couple of meters away, a squid mating with a smaller male. I immediately got my camera ready and stared to film her. I did not use any lights, as I did not want to spook her, as they are normally very shy and almost impossible to film.
This one did not seem very shy, probably as she had other things on her mind.
After a minute or so I watched her settle down on a piece of algae sticking out of the sand and with a growing sense of amazement realised that she was about to start laying eggs!!
I watched this astonishing moment, as she brought an egg up to the ends of her tentacles then, as became obvious, started to "pump" up the egg to a much larger size, a size that would have been impossible for her to have inside her body. She then carefully places/sticks the egg onto the algae. You can see the tiny egg nucleus inside the larger case.
After the second egg was in place the male squid then came back to make sure (I presume) that fertilisation had taken place. She, quite calmly, seemed to ignore him and carried on laying away, while he kept trying to do his 'business'.
I watched this fantastic process for about 12 minutes, while she laid perhaps 30 eggs. The eggs size, when added up, must have been about three times her entire body size!!
It was a fantastic moment of nature, one I will never forget.
Note: The flashing background is caused by the sunlight on the surface of the water. I was only 4m (10ft) deep when filming. It was all filmed in ambient light, no video lights, to reduce any chance of disturbing the squid.


Direct link to Video

#321151 Underwater Video Macro Group

Posted by liquidguru on 22 November 2012 - 01:54 AM

Simon Buxton and I have setup a Facebook Group to share and enjoy underwater macro videography. We thought that there are so many macro photography groups (some of which don't allow videos) and with DSLR video being so good now, it's about time we had a group for video and that it would be nice to share short video clips of small things :)

If you want to post any clips or just browse, please join. The Facebook group is called, unsurprisingly, Underwater Macro Videography. We also setup a Vimeo Group with the same name.

Here's to all the little things in life!!



#316764 SANYO ENELOOP XX Batteries? Anybody using them?

Posted by liquidguru on 19 September 2012 - 11:52 PM

I've been using the XX in the backplate of my L&M housing. I used 1 set of four, pretty much running them down everyday, recharging them over night, using again the next day, since November last year. Until about two months ago everything was really good, and they definitely had more lasting power than the regular, lasting three hour long dives or more, compared to two hour long dives for the regular. But now they only last between one and two hours. Maybe one is bad, maybe they all have gone bad..it says they should give 500 charges, compared to 1000 for the regulars, but it may be less than that. They are great when new though.

I've switched to another set that I bought at the same time but hadn't been using and all is good again.

#312468 Wetpixel 2.0 - RSS feeds

Posted by liquidguru on 08 July 2012 - 11:43 PM

Any updates? I use RSS a lot, on my computer, on my phone.... the best way to keep up to date with forums...