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#364739 Living on black sand - Lembeh

Posted by kaarlin on 28 August 2015 - 12:41 AM

I was in ther in november. Lots of frogfish and octopus. Not so many nudi's.


as for the rather poor codec of the Pen 5; that's not a big deal when shooting macro. After a few dives I got the white balance in line with the color temperature of the L&M Sola's. Correcting color was not necessary. I used manual expose alle the time, setting the shutterspeed at 1/60 en trying to get the exposure with aperture, a bit iso (340 max) and output of the lights. In Final Cut I tweaked the contrast and shadows/highlights a bit. Wide angle is a bigger challenge, but I think it can be done with the Olympus. 


I didn't use a tripod, but put the camera tray carefully on the sandy bottom.  


The most challenging rich was the goby in the last part of the film. The guide went totally nuts when he saw this one (magnificent shrimp goby). very rare and very shy. I had to put the camera in the sand, try to get the right focus point and then swim away at least 5 meters. Only after 10 minutes the goby and the shrimp would come out. When they disappeared again I could watch the footage, and try again. But on 23 meters air and time were running to very quickly. It took me 2 dives to get a few in focus shots

#364658 Living on black sand - Lembeh

Posted by kaarlin on 26 August 2015 - 05:36 AM

After hours and hours and even more hours editing, I´ve finally finished my movie, starring the weird critters of Lembeh. It may not be as professional as the movies some of you guys post, but I´m happy with the result (and even more happy that next year I´ll be back in Lembeh).

Aside from a few wide angle shots, all shots are made with an Olympus Pen 5, with either the 45 or 60 mm macro lens. 

Music is from Moby and downloaded form www.mobygratis.com; free to use for non-commercial movies.





I hope you enjoy!



#342532 a family portrait of Scorpaenidae

Posted by kaarlin on 29 January 2014 - 02:23 AM

Last november I shot some video in Lembeh with an Olympus E-PL5 en 2 Sola 2000 lights. After some experiments with Adobe Premiere, this short movie of all kinds of scorpionfishes is the first result. I'm working on a longer film with all kind of Lembeh-creatures. Your feedback will be very useful for me in the process of editing that one.

I know there aren't that many people using an Olympus for shooting video, but already having that camera I wanted to try it and I'm happy with the quality of the footage.




Olympus E-PL5

Olympus 14-42 mm

Olympus 60 mm macro

Panasonic 45 mm macro

2x Light and Motion Sola 2000