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  1. 8 points
    (28-60+WWL-1B) With Strobes: And finally, a few shots taken with strobes using the WWL-1B. The frogfish is an adult nearly the size of a dinner plate.
  2. 7 points
    Just wanted to share and discuss with other video shooters using A7SIII. Until this trip I have been shooting always in SLOG3, however for this last weekend I tweaked a HLG profile and shot exclusively with that. I found it fine to use, although colours can be a bit odd to my eye. Always keen to hear from and learn other Sony shooters settings for underwater video. Enjoying the process. All shot in 4K 4:2:2 10 bit, 60fps, PP10, HLG, with A7SIII, 28mm F2 inside WWL-1, using a combination of nitescuba NSV80 lights which I'm currently testing, and my existing Keldan lights.
  3. 7 points
    I recently got the Nauticam A7SIII housing to shoot video and am very happy with it, shooting with the 28mm F2 and WWL-1 that I bought on this forum from @Phil Rudin I just tested the Sony A1 in the same housing today, thoroughly checked all buttons, dials, etc and wanted to just share to anyone who needs to know, the A1 works perfectly in A7SIII housing. I know for the Nauticam A1 housing they sell the adaptor tray for the A7S3, but this is not required if you have the A7S3 housing.
  4. 7 points
    Wolfgang sent me a PM and asked me to comment on my experience with the AF performance of the Sony A7RIV and Sony 90 macro and the Canon 100 macro on Canon dSLR. I was a long term Canon dSLR user (20D, 40D, 50D, 7D, 7DMkII and 5DMkIII) all with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro. Just over a year ago I changed to Sony A7RIV. Initially I used the Canon 100 macro on the Sony with a Metabones adapter but changed to the Sony 90 macro after 3 months. My wife still uses my 7DMkII with the Canon 100 macro so I was able to compare all combinations of camera/macro lens possible just now. Room was dimly lit. Results varied based on what focus point setup I used on each camera/lens. With all focus points in play and cameras set to AI Servo (Canon) AF-C (Sony) the winner in grabbing focus quickly was the 7DMkII/Canon 100 macro with the A7RIV/Sony 90 macro a very close second (it was occasionally faster than the Canon). The A7RIV/Metabones/Canon 100 macro was a distant third (Which is why I got the 90 macro 12 months ago when I did the same test). When I changed to my preferred mode of shooting with each camera - AI Servo with Expand AF (Canon) and AF-C and Tracking Flexible Spot (Sony) - things changed. The A7RIV/Sony 90 macro was first grabbing focus fastest and holding it better than the 7DMkII which came a close second. The A7RIV/Metabones/Canon 100 macro came third. Points to consider: Before I switched to Sony the 7DMkII was by far the best low light focussing camera I had ever used. Depending on how you set up the autofocus system the A7RIV is better than the 7DMkII with their respective native macro lenses The effect of the Metabones adapter on focus performance will differ from lens to lens. While the Canon 100 macro is slower on the Metabones adapter my Canon 8-15 fisheye (for which there is no Sony equivalent) focusses much faster with the Metabones adapter on the A7RIV than it did on the 7DMkII.
  5. 6 points
    I replied to someone heading to Socorro in another thread, but I decided this topic was worth its own thread, since so many people struggle with this issue. Since I started shooting video underwater, I've been bedeviled by the mixed light problem. Years ago, few cameras apart from Canon DSLRs could dream of being able to white balance at depth. Then, along came the Panasonic GH5, and slowly camera makers followed suit. But what about supplemental light? The problem is that when you're white balanced at depth, the output of 5600K video lights look red. If you white balance to 5600K to match your lights, then the ambient color looks terrible. And unlike strobes, almost video lights almost never have the sheer power to overwhelm daylight enough to get good color unless you're very close to the subject. What you really want is nice ambient white balance, and supplemental light that looks "normal", i.e., like natural light at depth. The secret is to white balance for the ambient light at depth, then adjust your video lights so their output matches the ambient light color temperature. That way, you get a nice, colorful ambient light exposure, with a little more light on things close by to bring out detail and color, but without any weird color casts. For example, consider filming sharks. Ambient light only with a good white balance may look good when filming them from the side, but when the animal swims over you, it becomes a silhouette. It's alot nicer to throw some light onto the shark's belly so you can see some detail. But if you add light from normal 5600K video lights, it looks all red or pink. You want it to be white. And even though you can get a nice shot of sharks from the side with ambient light only, without extra light, you miss out on the beautiful iridescent colors in their skin. With good light, you will see flecks of gold and other colors in their skin as they swim by. Around 8 years ago, Keldan released cyan heads for their original Luna 8 lights, and few people took notice. I remember then Nauticam rep Chris Parsons lamenting that he was having a hard time getting people to understand the idea of using cyan video lights to get better color underwater. After all, isn't a lack of red in underwater daylight the problem in the first place? I was an early adopter of the Keldan cyan idea, but I never could get it to work very well with my GH4 (w/red filter) or the GH5 (without red filter, as it could white balance at depth on its own) Even with the GH5 white balanced at depth, I could never get really clean whites. I was in the Revillagigedos a few weeks ago, and finally had some success getting decent ambient color with a mix of ambient and supplemental lighting. The rig was: Sony α1 Nauticam NA-α1 housing Sony FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 Nauticam WWL1-B wet lens Keldan Spectrum SF -2 red filter (a frameless filter placed between the flat port and the WWL-1B) Keldan 4X lights with SF-12 Ambient filters. I shot mostly Slog-3, but I also tried HLG. My experience was that, with Slog-3, I was at 6400-12,800 alot of the time in order to punch through the red filter and at the same time overexpose by about 2 stops required by this profile. This means quite a lot of noise, but Neat Video does a good job of cleaning it up. I shot one dive at the boiler with HLG3, and I think going forward that will be my go-to profile. You don't have to overexpose it, so noise is less of an issue. If you nail the white balance, you get very nice color and good dynamic range. But remember that you have a little less room to work with it than slog-3. Still, HLG3 grades very easily, once you drop a corrective LUT onto the clip (I use the Leeming LUTs). Once that's done, I found that only minor corrections to contrast and exposure and saturation were required. Simple corrections and easy to do. Another benefit of HLG3 is that you can use the footage later to deliver for HDR displays, if you like. Here is the workflow for HLG in Final Cut Pro. My advice is to try HLG3.BT2020 in XAVC 4K S-I at 60P, 10 bit 4.2.2 For Slog-3, I am using the Phantom LUTs, and have found that the "Ice Blue" LUT works beautifully for underwater footage. After applying the LUT, only minor corrections to contrast, saturation and exposure were needed. Just a few clicks... The Keldan system is brilliant. I was able to get nice color with ambient light at the Canyon cleaning station, where you will be at 80-90 feet. It's nice to have good ambient color and be able to put some light on the animals without the red cast. With the Keldan red filter (on your lens) and cyan filter on your lights, you get a nice clean look. I credit a deceptively simple little tool for making my life underwater alot easier. If you're serious about video, YOU MUST have a good gray card at a minimum. And a color checker is also very useful as a color reference when finishing your footage. The Keldan color checker/white balance card was INDISPENSABLE. I had it on a small retract, so I could just grab it for white balance, and I'd also sometimes flip it over to show the Xrite color checker side at the beginning of a shot. I hold it at arm's length for white balance. Really, I cannot emphasize how valuable this thing is. Don't think, just buy it and thank me later. The attached video shows my wife, Karin, photographing a silver tip at the Canyon. It was shot in slog-3, probably at about ISO 3200 or 6400, XAVC 4K S-I (600 mbps), 10bbit 4.2.2 at 60-FPS. Noise reduction with Neat Video. Keldan SF-2 red filter, and Keldan SF-12 cyan light filters on Keldan 4X compact lights. Depth was 85-90 feet, proving that the SF-2 (rated for 2-15 meters) and SF12 (rated for 10-18 meters) work well together, even beyond their respective depth ratings. Notice that the lights don't have an overly warm cast, even though at 30,000k, the light temperature is a little lower than ambient. I found the SF-2/SF-12 filter system to work well from safety stop depths all the way down to 100ft. Karin with Silvertip Graded.mp4
  6. 6 points
    last weekend we went dove the 'Flagpole' dive site in Hood canal, it is probably one of the best diving spot in that area, and behold, this easily wingspan 10 foot plus giant pacific octopus decided to come out of its den and say hi to us. absolutely once a life time experience for myself. shot on 1dx + retra strobs, WACP1 7-1 by Joe Hua, on Flickr 13-1 by Joe Hua, on Flickr 12-1 by Joe Hua, on Flickr 2-1 by Joe Hua, on Flickr 1-1 by Joe Hua, on Flickr
  7. 6 points
    In November I managed to steal an adventure from and otherwise difficult 2020. After getting Covid-19 tested, keeping a temperature log and donning two masks, I ventured to the Socorro Islands for the first time with the GH5 on the Solmar V. I head read all the report of camera housings getting taxed going through customs, but we got the green light when tapping the button and all was good! Spent 8 days aboard the Solmar V with masked crew and divers. The crew was happy to be back at sea again after being shut down for months. I was happy to be back in warm water. Below is the video of the adventure.
  8. 6 points
    After many months of lockdown in which we have done everything possible to cultivate our passion for diving, finally we are back in the sea and the island of Giannutri (Italy) welcomes us in the best way. Punta Pennello shoal with its forest of black coral (Antipathes subpinnata) surrounded by forests of Paramuricea clavata and Eunicella cavolini is a riot of color and life and reminds us that the Mediterranean mesophotic coral has nothing to envy to the tropical seas. A short video by @MarcoP.
  9. 5 points
    This photograph: may not be world beating, but read on. It was taken on a Seacam housed Sony A7II at 200ISO. The lens is a manual focus which because I could not fit a gear, was fixed at one focus setting. Its focal length is 3.75" (~95mmish) at infinity and it was originally designed for stereo photography and intended to cover 3" x 3" format (75mm square) although it is not a macro lens. But what is quite extraordinary is that the lens was made my Grubb of Dublin (world renowned telescope maker) in 1865, so it is an over 150 years old photographic lens. We have come a long way but not, perhaps, quite as far as we might think. It won't stand up to absolute comparison with any modern macro lens of course, but it is quite extraordinarily good considering its age (and condition!).
  10. 5 points
    Hi, in November I have been on a liveaboard in the south of the Red Sea, afterwards i went diving from land for a week. With the necessary patience, I was able to film a lot of natural behavior. Enjoy watching! Alex,
  11. 5 points
    Some shots from where i live Place called Fethiye which is at Aegean coast of Turkey
  12. 5 points
    As far as whale shark encounters go (and I've had a few) this one was close to perfect! Just a small group of mostly camera professionals and 2 hours with a highly curious individual. He just kept circling and coming back to us for the entire 2 dives we had with it. He also seemed genuinely interested in our cameras, and would come closer to view his own reflection in our dome ports or even curiously react when he heard shutters going off. Very fun!! Here's the video, enjoy it on your largest screen
  13. 5 points
    Making good use of all the tools you have available to capture underwater video is very important, and I've come up with a list of 5 reasons why foreground elements is so essential to use for underwater videography. These are tips that can be utilized almost anywhere and it's a great set of ideas to add to your existing shot types. I hope you enjoy them
  14. 5 points
    Hi, my name is Marcell Nikolausz. I’m a hobby underwater videographer originally from Hungary, living now in Germany. There was a recent discussion about the underrepresentation of videography topics at wetpixel. I also missed discussions about the lower budget video solutions. I’m very much interested in the latest and greatest tools the professionals are using, but those equipment are way beyond my budget and it’s true probably most of the readers of wetpixel. So I thought, I initiate a discussion about low-budget videography. Is it possible at all? I started with underwater videography already during the film era using a Minolta dynax 7000i in an Ikelite housing. That time the acceptable video quality was really expensive, while I could easily afford the same film David Doubilet used (but my photos were still crap in comparison but not because of the “sensor quality”). Especially wide angle video and proper lighting was achievable only for bigger film crews. Today, a cheap action camera has a better quality at a fraction of price what was available 20 years ago for professionals. I get into videography when I purchased a sony nex-5 and I explored that it has a video record button but I was not really hooked at the beginning. The real change happened when I got a GoPro HERO (entry level version of HERO 4, approx. 130 Euro) and started to play with it and decided to get more into videography. I watched many videos on youtube and vimeo but most of them were really bad with lots of shaky camera movements causing sea sickness on land. The other major problem I recognised was the bad colours but somehow I expected it. So I wanted to make completely different underwater films. I watched also many BBC documentaries and films from professionals. I especially liked the work of Howard Hall and it was clear that he used tripod a lot. So my first suggestion is to use some kind of tripod or some other kind of stabilization for your camera. My first solution was a flat rock. I glued a GoPro mount on it and attached my camera. I also tried joby gorillapod but it’s too light for such small cameras. My second solution was a modified aluminium tent-peg. (see picture below). Not much later I invested into a second camera. Instead of a top GoPro I bought the much cheaper Yi 4K (around 200 Euro that time). (It fits better to the low-budget videography). The camera choice will be the topic of a next post. Overall, it was really fun to use these cheap cameras and I created a short film that I entered to the actioncup video competition. It’s a German video competition focusing mainly on small cameras and it has a category for action cameras. My movie won the freshwater category. See the movie below (Sorry but the text is German but I hope you will watch it anyway): Overall the budget of this movie was around 400 Euro. One short footage from this was even used in a bigger TV film (broadcasted in Slovakia) Next post will be about low-budget but relatively good quality cameras.
  15. 5 points
    Nice images, Adam. However, obviously it all depends upon one's situation and subject matter. Not everyone shoots large subjects in open water with artificial lighting. I'm normally shooting small subjects in shallow freshwater streams with natural lighting. And yes, many of my wide angle shots could not be gotten with a large dome. Here are a few examples with subjects less than an inch from a 4" dome (closer than a large dome could get) and/or with the housing pressed against the stream bottom (lower than a large dome could get):
  16. 5 points
    I am happy to share my latest video-interview with Max Ammer, the pioneer of diving in Raja Ampat, West Papua in Indonesia. About 30 years ago, Max came to Raja Ampat in a search of World War II relics. This is a story about how Max built the very first dive resort in Raja Ampat - Kri Eco Resort, and later - Sorido Bay Resort, about conservation efforts of Max and his partners, training local people and building the very first electrical boat in Raja Ampat. Video is shot with Sony NX80, and a few clips with Sony 7Rii. ENJOY. https://youtu.be/vcmAxOhLgEM
  17. 5 points
    Hi, I would like to share a video from my last trip to the river Traun. The river Traun is the most varied dive spot i know here in Austria. Mainly you dive in a dammed area of the Traun with moderate currents. There you can find a sunken pump room, 500 year old roads from the period of salt shipping, beautiful light under driftwood and under the trees at the shoreline and much more. If the conditions are good, its possible to dive the Canyon at the Traun waterfall. The dive gear has to be roped down, the scuba divers has to jump or climb down the steep rocks to enter the water. The Canyon offers a magic scenery with its washed out rock face, cascades and the crystal clear water of a spring pot Alex globaldivemedia.com
  18. 5 points
    Hey all! I've just finished a group of video tutorials designed for all levels of u/w photographers to speed up their editing workflow: -> tutorials.brentdurand.com/editing The videos (and companion articles) cover Presets, Collections and Target Collections, Watermarks and more. Are there other topics you'd like covered? Shoot me a DM if so. Thanks, and enjoy!
  19. 5 points
    Hello everybody, I just returned from a 3 week trip to Indonesia. My first week was spent in Lembeh with NAD Lembeh and had the opportunity to go on my first black water dives. Needless to say I quickly became addicted and didnt miss any dives. A quick review of my experience with NAD Lembeh. I will echo most of the reviews I have seen on the website regarding my experience, it was phenomenal. Although this was my first trip to Lembeh and thus have nothing else to compare it to I will say that I will not be staying anywhere else during any future visits. I had a nice room by the beach, bed was very comfortable and AC worked to perfection. The food was fantastic, and they were very accommodating since I am vegetarian. The dive boats are great with ample room for all on board. The staff carry all your equipment to and from the dive boat and set it up, including the camera. The camera room was very ample with lots of charging space. There are computers to edit/post but I did not take advantage of this service. Since I was in a room by myself I had my own dive guide/buddy/photographic assistant which was Andri. He was great, very patient and never in any rush to move on. It didnt matter whether we spent 30 seconds or 30 minutes in a subject there was never any rush. Here are a few shots taken during black water. Critique highly encouraged. Many more to come including during regular dives. Many more posted on Flickr. Larval wonderpus Blackwater-2 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Blackwater-2 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Larval mimic octopus, maybe? blackwater-7 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr blackwater (1 of 1) by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Larval long arm octopus blackwater (1 of 1)-5 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Larval Long Arm Octopus by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr blackwater (1 of 1)-6 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr
  20. 5 points
    I think the answer will depend on what you mean by underwater photography. Carrying a gopro on a stick is a very different thing than diving with a full kit with tray and dual lights and strobes, with macro and WA swap-able lenses. The amount of dive time will also vary by person. Before you branch out from gopros I would say you need to be able to do a few things consistently and without much thought. Buoyancy is key. You need to be able to maintain your buoyancy even when other things are happening to divert your attention. Particularly early on with photography, trying to figure out the settings and just working the camera takes a lot of focus and with newer divers once they pay attention to that, buoyancy and situational awarness start to fall apart. Once you can keep buoyancy when task loaded that's one sign you are ready Situational awareness. Photography can consume most of the attention your brain can give it until certain things become ingrained through experience and muscle memory. That goes for the physical muscle memory of working your gear and your camera as well as the familiarity to be able to do both without much thought. You should be able to function all your normal dive gear quickly and easily without much thought. S drills, lost mask, reg recovery, etc should be very proficient, and you can do them at any time. Adding a camera system in the middle of these can cause real problems if this isn't able to be handled quickly and easily without much thought. It really helps to get very very familiar with any camera system on the surface, and then with a few shallow dives to work out where your problem areas will be. Each person is going to reach this experience level at different times so its hard to say X number of dives will get you there. If you are diving with a group of divers and one or more is mentoring you, ask them to help you work on some task loading exercises, and work through any buoyancy issues when doing them. You can work on camera familiarity on land. Also if someone in your group shoots, see if you can buddy with them and them let you shoot on a dive to see where you are. If things get to be too much work out a plan to just hand stuff off.
  21. 4 points
    Hergen here. Phil let me know about this thread. The article I wrote is still up: https://www.nauticam.com/blogs/news/halmahera-with-the-na-a7iv With every system there is an optimum configuration based on what's available and what you want to do with it (video/stills/reefs/blue water). My observation was that with the Sony A7IV (and other A7 models such as A1, A7SIII), the current combination of WWL-1B and the 28-60mm is extremely compact and is able to deliver real wold results that are difficult to differentiate from WACP-1 with the added benefit of being a wet-lens, meaning you also have 28-60mm behind a flat port or throw on CMC-1/2 for macro. It's also smaller and lighter weight than WACP-1, great for travel and situations where a smaller rig is beneficial. If you are moving between systems that may not have an ideal option (or any option) for WWL-1B, the WACP-1 may be a better option. I have not yet used WACP-C so cannot comment on that.
  22. 4 points
    Since March 2020 when a certain virus cancelled my holiday plans I have been holding some “credit” with both NAD in Lembeh and Gangga Island Resort. When Indonesia re-opened the Visa on Arrival in April 2022, I started the booking process to use my credit in June/July 2022. In between booking and the holiday Indonesia also removed the PCR test requirement for Vaccinated travellers (That’s me). Entry on the day of writing is also possible for non-vaccinated but it still needs a PCR test and an additional 5-day quarantine. There are some differences in the air travel, Scoot has replaced Silkair for the Singapore to Manado route and currently flies only twice per week. This is the route I took as my dive equipment is stored in Thailand and I was transiting there before onwards to Indonesia. Travel via Jakarta is available every day of the week. Scoot is a low-cost regional airline owned by Singapore Airlines and does have some tight restrictions on checked and hand baggage, but if you arrive in Singapore on a Star alliance flight, they will check your baggage through. Upgrading the checked baggage is also very easy on the Scoot website if you need to re-check in Singapore. Arrival in Manado was easy once the pilot managed to get on the ground (3 attempts in stormy weather), off the flight, buy VOA, temperature and vaccine check, immigration, baggage and then into the transfer car to NAD Lembeh. The airport has been expanded since my last visit, so the layout is slightly different with more walking and higher ceilings. The new toll road also speeds up transfers to Bitung. NAD Lembeh Like all the resorts in the area this has only recently re-opened so is still scaling up to meet the coming demand, so I saw fewer staff than my last visit but more than enough to supply the services needed in the resort. It was also a very pleasant surprise to see many of the same staff from two years before were again working at the resort, chatting to them it seems to be because of the management style of the owners that they were happy to return. For the first week of a 9 day stay I was the only guest, like being a king, anything I requested/asked for was delivered super quick e.g. some cold medicine for a little congestion, laundry dropped in the morning was back at lunchtime. The onsite manager also had lunch/dinner with me on most days even when he had already eaten. There was some building renovation going on in the beachfront rooms, expanding the smaller ones, but this caused no disturbance at all as all the noisy tasks were done while I was out diving. It seemed like the re-opening was going well with additional staff returning in line with the numbers of guests which I was told would be returning in greater numbers from July to September when the resort was going to be close to capacity again. The diving was same as before with all the usual Lembeh critters, but I saw far fewer dive boats as everywhere was still in the start-up stage. I’ll attach some pics at the end. Transfer was by car from the NAD dock on mainland to Gangga mainland dock. Gangga Island (Resort) The resort is on an island next to Bangka, and the diving is a little different to Lembeh in that it is mostly white sand and much more “reefy”. They do have interesting critters but also opportunities for wide angle. They also attract more non-divers and more non-photographer divers. The resort is part of a small chain (Lotus) and is also scaling up to meet the returning demand. While many of the dive guides/boat crew are the same but the staff in the hotel have seen a much bigger turnover from my last visit. Plenty to cater to guests, just new faces. On arrival I was only the third guest in the resort and over the next 10 days some people came and went as numbers gradually increased to 5 divers and a few non-divers. Just before arrival I received an email telling me their Nitrox system was not working, and during my stay the many parts they received did not fix this – However after a couple of days they did manage to obtain some Nitrox filled tanks from a nearby resort (thanks Murex, reception ladies and dive centre) Talking to the staff the resort is hosting more and more customers until returning to near capacity in October. The diving was again the same as I remember, with the exception that their wooden boats are now gone, and the diving is now done from fibre glass cruisers. Finally as a bonus, in the afternoon of my last diving day the turtle nest on the beach produced 50+ little monsters. Scoot and Singapore transit home was uneventful, but flight MDC-SIN was full and quickly ran out of overhead locker space. Last people on the flight had their hand baggage checked at airplane door. Pictures, not all just some of my favourites.
  23. 4 points
    FWIW. After 40+ years of professional photography, above and below water, I no longer own a dSLR. Virtually ALL current digital ('system') cameras are so good that the differences are nuances. Some do do certain things better than others but ALL are extraordinarily capable. Just to think, I spent 25 years shooting film .....
  24. 4 points
    Hi, We are 'fortunate' to be stuck in Malaysia where international borders are still closed. At the end of last year state borders were just starting to open and the tourism industry was trying to attract business, so we snapped at a 30% discount on a five day stay at Sipidan Kapalai Dive Resort. It accomodates over 100 guests... and we were the only people there! This meant we had all the dive spots to ourselves, including two days at Sipidan. Scores of green humphead parrotfish swam past undisturbed and there was no one else to kick up backscatter in Turtle Tomb. I managed to slip in 20 dives and this is our vlog episode of our time there, published today. It ends with a two minute montage of my favourite stills, mainly macro. UW video shot on Olympus TG6 and GoPro Hero 10. All other vlogging done on the Hero 9 (I normally use a GH5 but I was travelling light). Hero 10 shot in flat profile Protune (sometimes with red filter). Olympus shot in 4K standard with stabilisation off. 2x Nitecore video lights and Inon macro strobe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkCTXaAfJY8 (Can't work out how to embed video, sorry)
  25. 4 points
    First let me say that I am well aware that filing a patent does not guarantee a product will make it to the market but it is nice to dream. Today Fstoppers.com has a post about a Canon US patent for an RF 8-24mm F/4L full frame fisheye and an RF 11-24mm F/4L. The fisheye would be like an 8-15mm with a built-in 1.6X teleconverter to get you all the way to 24mm. An RF 8-24mm f/4 design, which includes examples for an 8-28.
  26. 4 points
    Hey guys! My name is Tom Park and i'm a Dive Master and Pro Underwater Photographer from Australia. I get asked this all the time so I made a video with my top 5 tips and tricks to improve your UW photos. I hope you all enjoy and learn something from this Happy shooting! Tom
  27. 4 points
    Just a sea snail from the maldives. Still don't know if I should do more adjustments to the picture but I think this might be my first picture I want to print and hang up at home. But I like process of editing the raw picture, to make it just right to be printed. And feedback is welcome!
  28. 4 points
    I wanted to thank everyone for all the help with gear selection and share some of my shots from my first trip with the new gear aboard the Belize Aggressor III Apparently, due to weather we didn't get to do all of the "best" sites, but I still found the trip to be great and probably wouldn't have known this without talking to the captain more about the typical route. The diving was much better than what I had seen before in Belize. Overall, I am happy with the choice to go with the canon 8-15mm setup, but could see in the future trying out the 28-60mm. Surprisingly underwater the setup doesn't seem much different to handle to me than my old Olympus set up. Yes, it's incrementally larger, but to me the benefit in IQ and dynamic range makes up for this. I guess going from a ~6 year old MFT format to a brand new FF should be better so not too surprised there. I still have a ton of images to process, but these are some of my favorites so far.
  29. 4 points
    Hi Adam, im the Winner in the Wide Angle Traditional Category. When you talk about my picture how its the Reflections done Alex says he don't know really. So let me explain. I used a Panasonic LX100ii in a Nauticam Housing and adapted a Raynox Circular Fisheye Lens(is out of production since 10years) on a Flatport with a 4 inch Domeport (dry). The Reflection Effect is created inside the Raynox Circular Fisheye, its a Reflection Tube with a diameter of 3,5cm and a length of 2cm fixed between the first and second glass element. So i can get a very wide angle of view with the reflections. If you adapt a big Reflection Tube outside on a Dome with a Fisheye Lens then you lost a lot angle of view. And the Reflections looks like a mirror. By mine Solution the Effect is more soft. I was really surprised to get the first place. Because like you and Alex says , without the Reflections is like a nothing special Wide Angle Shot. I agree with you completely. But with the colorful reflections is stand out from the crowd. Im a not so really good photographer. Thats why i try mostly some creative ways to get a picture in the camera which looks different. Enrico Somogyi
  30. 4 points
    The O-Ring Store sells these two O rings, for $0.79 and $0.57 each. You can order them on line, piece of cake, that is what I do for all my O rings. To measure their cross section and inner diameter accurately, I use a cheap eBay micrometer, buy a few more O rings than I need and store them in a jar. I keep a list of O rings and their measurements in my Scuba file. Also, it is essential to always vacuum test the housing after changing O rings or similar. Nauticam VF to housing O rings: Two 1.3 x 25 mm $0.79 ea One 2.4 x 24.6 mm $0.57 ea https://www.theoringstore.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=368_12_37
  31. 4 points
    Hi, i would like to share my recent video from Norway. It features land- and underwater timelapses. Only the scallops are slowed down to half speed, the stripped ratfish are at original speed. It was shot at the coast in the area of Utvorda and in Trondheimfjord. Several scenes in the video are shot on the Nauticam EMWL lenses Trondheimfjord is a great spot to see deepsea creatures and deep water corals in moderate dive depths, even when its dark during a day dive Enjoy!
  32. 4 points
    I had my best luck by choosing the eels that seemed the least skittish to start with, then habituating them slowly and holding my breath as long as possible.
  33. 4 points
    In this review of the Keldan Spectrum SF-2 filter I am giving you my reasons as to why you need an underwater red filter for your underwater camera system!
  34. 4 points
    I just got back from a trip to Bonaire with the GH5M2. The battery life is extremely more improved. With the GH5 I could get 1.5 dives out of a Panasonic battery. The new GH5M2 battery gave me 2 100 minutes dives no problem. This is great for not having to pop open the housing as often. And, in Bonaire you don't want to keep extra batteries or anything in the truck for fear of theft. So, this is a great improvement. I did three dives on one battery. But on the third dive I did shut down the camera when not using it. I have the camera connected to a small HD monitor. Focusing is much faster and more accurate. Using back button focus was very quick and I seldom had to make multiple attempts. I shot all video so nothing to report on stills. Once I review the footage and put a video together, I'll be more informed about those aspects. Attached screengrab from the video.
  35. 4 points
    Yes, but believe me, he is rock steady. A human dolly. Just look at his old videos before GH5S. Here he experimented with shallow focus. Perfect lightning. He creates a lot of shadows enhancing 3D and super CC. Keep in minf he's at 80m freehand. No camera, no scooter.
  36. 4 points
    To be honest, I don't see any difference in quality between the shot of the dolphins and the tiger shark. One doesn't look more clear or contrasty than the other, and there's nothing to say that the tiger shark is in focus and the dolphins are not. I think what you're seeing here as others have commented is the effect of 10'+ of water. Water is an awful filter that will destroy all contrast and resolution. The more of it you have between you and the subject, the worse the results. Both these shorts have subjects that are so distant that no lens or camera is going to make any difference in terms of the perceived contrast and resolution. If you're using any lens at 50mm+ (full frame equivalent) zoom to fill the frame with a pelagic subject, that means the subject is 15'+ feet away. You're not going to get good results in terms of sharpness and contrast with that much water between your lens and the subject regardless of how high quality your optics are. Most cameras are going to struggle with focus in such circumstances because the water column removes contrast. To reiterate, I don't think those two photos show that one lens is focusing on the subject properly and the other isn't. I'd say the focus is probably correct in both. I've tried various 14-42mm lenses on m43 behind the WWL-1, including the Oly 14-42 pancake. Differences are miniscule. I also ended up using the Panasonic 14-42mm II. Don't spend money upgrading your camera or optics for shots of large pelagics more than 15' away. You'll be dissapointed when your results do not improve. The only reason for using a focal length of 50mm+ underwater is to fill the frame with a smaller subject within 10' of your camera. Any further, and the results will be equally disappointing.
  37. 4 points
    I would like to see more video related contents. I think the platform is given, we, video content creators should just put more effort to share our experiences and discuss video-related topics here at wetpixel. I was not that active so far, but I'm planning to start a new topic on "Low-budget underwater videography".
  38. 4 points
    I have been ask a bunch of questions about all things A7C and today my 4000 word review has posted in UWPMAG.com issue #119. This is a free PDF download and I suggest you read the review if you have an interest in the Sony A7C. I intensely did my review using only the Sony FE 28-60mm "kit" lens with the WWL-1, WACP and one and two CMC-1 lenses. Some of the macro is in this thread. After reading the review I would be happy to answer any questions. The attached image is with the 28-60 at 28 using the WACP. This is an A/V light shot at ISO-400, F10, 1/125th sec.
  39. 4 points
    I recently took this shot on a trip to the Souther Great Barrier Reef. It is my best example of balancing flash & ambient so far. I put my lower strobe on a very low power setting tucked in close to the left handle and had the upper strobe on a high power at full rabbit ear position. Hope you enjoy looking as much as I did making it Thanks,
  40. 4 points
    Just did my first dive with the R5 and thought I'd share some sample footage (youtube links below). It's nothing special, just a few different scenes to give you a feel for the image quality. I have the camera in a Nauticam housing with ZEN 230mm dome, using the RF 15-35mm. Settings on all these videos: 4K 30p, HQ mode (oversampled from 8K), ALL-I compression, Canon Log on. Files were edited in Premiere and exported in maximum render quality. Footage was shot on St. Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean. All videos are shot at around 70 ft depth, conditions were not great: it was an overcast day, still early in the morning, so not a lot of light or colors available at that depth. No artificial light was used, just ambient light. I used a white slate to manually white balance the footage, which is a bit of a hassle on the R5. Taking into account these low-light conditions, I think the camera produced some fantastic video. I am sure though the footage will be much more vibrant in shallow water with more sunlight. Interested to hear what you think. Happy to upload more footage with different settings next week if anyone is interested.
  41. 4 points
    I also mostly stayed close to home last year. Thankfully, the Buffalo National River is only 10 minutes away. These images of a River Cooter and Longear Sunfish were two of my favorites of the year:
  42. 4 points
    Monterey, California. September 2020.
  43. 4 points
    I'm pro lanyard all the time. I clip on a coiled lanyard as soon as I splash. I have had to deal with critical safety and rescue scenarios more than once under water where there is no time for spare for the camera. Not having a lanyard already in place means you either don't deal with the emergency when needed most, or you lose the camera.
  44. 4 points
    For many years now I have been diving in the Mar Piccolo - Taranto (Italy) at all times of the year. I discovered this place 25 years ago thanks to the collaboration with a local scientific foundation and since then I have never missed an opportunity to return. In recent years, however, the summer temperature of the water reaches almost 30 degrees, creating great problems for the local fauna and flora. Many species move towards deeper waters and others, unable to move, end their cycle with a slow agony. I returned in these days and this little Mediterranean paradise is starting to revive.
  45. 4 points
    The original version of this trip report was posted on the front page of Wetpixel a few weeks ago, but I have now updated it and added some new images on the version I have done on my site. Here is the link to Diving the Witu Islands All the wide-angle images were taken with a Nikon D500 and 8-15mm lens in a Nauticam housing with the 140mm port, which I personally find to be really great combo. The macro images were taken with the 40mm Micro-Nikkor - I screwed up in the last minute packing and left my 60mm and 105mm macros behind... As they say the best lens you have is the one on your camera! I have been visiting Papua New Guinea regularly for 20 years, but this was the first time to the Witu Islands and I really was impressed. When you look at the location of the islands in the Bismarck Sea, relative to the rest of the Coral Triangle, it becomes clearer why they are such so biodiverse. Here are a few images to illustrate what I mean. Don
  46. 4 points
    This is the final cut of my semester project for film class at the Academy for Creative Media Windward. Due to the COVID-19 shutdown I was reliant on b-roll that I filmed during an expedition to Cocos Island, Costa Rica in early March of 2020. This is not a "creature feature", more an experiential film to guide the viewer on a virtual dive in the Deep See submersible. Filmed aboard the Undersea Hunter Group’s M/V Argo, on location at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Best viewed in 4k, with good speakers or headphones... -Brian
  47. 4 points
    Hi, This video is shot in my home country in the emirates of Fujairah. It is during different seasons. Although visibility is not great, the wreck is full of life and lies in 24m. The whole video is shot in ambient light with red filter using the Panasonic GH5s. I hope you enjoy it.
  48. 4 points
    Thought i'd posted this before but i don't think i did. A slightly-too-long compilation of 3 days of Oceanic Mantas at Black Rock in the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar. Very unusual trip in that (i) lots of mantas there and (ii) the visibility wasnt 5m of green for once! Underwater shot with a Canon EOS70D with and without a magic filter. I know there are frame rate stutter issues in places. No sound track as i dont actually have any music stored locally to put onto the footage.
  49. 4 points
    Hi, I want to share my latest video with you In winter I have been at the White Sea in Russia for ice diving and i was curious how the landscape and diving might be the rest of the year. Because i like the indian summer colors i decided to come back in autumn. My plan was to capture the autumn mood at the White Sea and create a story around a leave falling and sinking in the sea. On the spot it turned out that this story is not far-fetched, because leaves constantly flushed by the tides in the sea. So, have fun watching! globaldivemedia.com
  50. 4 points
    cardinalfish by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Double ended pipefish by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Flounder by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Jack in jelly by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

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