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  1. Hello, 

    I just received a brand new Aquatica GH5s housing with Vacuum direct from the manufacturer.  This was a gift certificate I won in a competition, but couldn't transfer it to someone else.  So instead, I decided to just buy the housing, and try to sell it.  It is brand new, and has never been wet.

    Will sell for $1500 obo.  Buyer pays shipping/insurance.

    Let me know if you are interested.


  2. Hello everyone,

    I was fortunate enough to win a gift certificate for $2000 towards an Aquatica housing.  Since I am invested in another housing brand, I wanted to see if anyone here wanted to buy this off of me.  Make me an offer, as I certainly don't want this to goto waste.  

    The only caveat is that they won't let me transfer it to someone else, I have to buy the housing, and then would ship it to you.  PM me if you are interested.

    -Dustin Adamson

  3. Hey all,

    I had a couple of friends drop out of a Tiger Beach trip March 23-29th 2020.  They decided they wanted to get married instead of shark diving....Is that crazy or what..!  So there are 2 open spots.  We will be doing 5 days of diving there with Epic Diving.  PM me if you are interested in joining us.  Video / Photo coaching sessions can be arranged if you want them at no extra charge.  If not, we can all just enjoy being around these amazing animals in the best shark diving spot in the world!


    -Dustin & Tyra Adamson



  4. Dustin - Fantastic work as always! I'll have to watch it a bunch more times to absorb everything, but damn! There are several sequences that made me say "wow" - the two yellow gobies in the bottle, the nudis mating with an emperor shrimp standing guard, the nudi laying eggs with a skeleton shrimp next door, and the jawfish with eggs popping up into the frame are all spectacular. Did you somehow figure out a way to house a microscope for some of these shots? Great stuff, thanks for sharing. Robert


    Thanks for the compliments. I do love all those shots you mentioned. Especially the emperor shrimp with the nudis mating. That was my last shot of the trip on a dive, that was basically a bust. I haven't ever seen that before!


    To be honest, the most difficult shot was the shaun the sheep nudis. In order for that shot to happen with a black background, nearly everything had to be perfect. Its unfortunate that most people will see a nice shot, but not realize how difficult it was. That shot I used the SMC-2 Which if you have ever used it, is an incredibly diffiicult wet lens from Nauticam. The 4x magnification is great! but the shallow dof is so difficult. You have to have the subject 1/2 inch away from the lens. Then lighting becomes difficult. Those nudis are on leaf like algae, that moves in current. So I had really no current on the dive. Then I had to have the 2 nudis in the same plane of focus on the edge of the algae. I've seen alot of these, and this was a perfect setup. for the shot. I am just thankful they were both looking at the camera and both relatively in focus.


    I use a Canon 1dx2 which at 4k has a 40% crop. With a 100mm lens, and an SMC1 and SMC. That is my magnification setup. The SMC2 was also used for the close up of the jawfish eggs.. Lucky shot, that jawfish was the most cooperative I have ever experienced. Again, Lens 1/2 inch away from its mouth.



    Absolutely amazing!


    Care to share filming techniques? Lighting setup etc? Camera setup?




    Thanks. No secrets here. Used a Canon 1dx2, 100mm lens, with SMC1, and SMC2. Nauticam housings (smallhd monitor), Sola Lights. Xit404 tripod.

    Stellar work, man. Can you tell me about your equipment please

    Answered in another response.

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  5. I also have the nauticam small hd setup. I do like the idea of flipping it upside down. Never thought about that before.


    I also like the nauticam setup and personally don't know how I did it without it in the past. The focus peaking is a huge selling factor for me. I also find the color to be pretty good as well. It is very easy to use as well with different modes depending on what you want to see. You can flip between them with 1 button push. There are some cons however that I think Nauticam could address.


    -The HDMI cable is very finicky. I always travel with a spare cable and bulkhead.

    -The housing is larger than it needs to be.

    -The shade is an addon that is ridiculously priced. But I do like it. Especially for shallow water.



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  6. Hi Dustin,


    We have revised the design of the Flip Holder some time ago (sorry that I forgot the exact time!) and I believe this problem have been fully resolved as I also dive a lot and I don't experience this problem anymore. I would like to send over 2 of the new ones to you to help testing the new design in the field. Please let me know the best way to get them over to you.


    Best regards,



    Hi Edward. Thanks for the response. I will pm you my address.



  7. Hello,


    I have had a total of 3 different Nauticam Flip diopter holders. Each one has seized up on me at the hinge. The first one I broke trying to muscle it to close underwater. Our current 2 are my wifes and I's. Both are suffering the same issue. We were in Lembeh, and I started to swing it open and shut in some fresh water, but it still didn't help.


    Is anyone else having issues with this?


    Thanks for your help.


  8. Now that I have been able to watch full screen with the sound turned up, I am even more impressed. It wouldn't be right to pick favorites but three sequences really stand out for me. The opening shot of the squid and ink cloud sets the "alien" tone so well due to the dramatic lighting. The mantis aerating her eggs is just such a great behavior sequence. And the cricket noises coming from the little triplefin (?) on the whip coral made me laugh. I also like the new title sequence, though the style in part 1 is also effective.


    You might want to check how this is embedded. Maybe its my browser but I don't get any controls (full screen or volume) so had to go direct to Vimeo to play this right.


    Not sure what would be wrong. I am able to put it full screen.


    That squid was shot in the Solomon Islands. We did a black water dive, and it actually hit me pretty hard and then inked me. Also had a silky shark attack my lights. Memorable dive...haha. The cricket noises actually aren't that. It was some sound effect that I sped up about 300%. I kinda thought it sounded like a bird chirping. That was one of the sounds I wasn't so sure about, so I am glad to hear it wasn't bad for you.

  9. Wow! This is amazing, Dustin. How long did it take you to edit and add the soundtrack? Everything Robert said - plus love the tilting work too.


    Really terrific stuff - thanks so much for sharing. Another prize winner I hope. It sure deserves it.



    Thank you Tim. Honestly, the soundtrack is always the hardest thing for me to pick out. Once I have that, then it is pretty easy to edit. Add in the sound effects that somewhat match the clips, and it takes extremely long. I've been working on this on and off for the last 7 months. Finding the sound effects are hard. I don't want them to sound too obvious of what the sound is actually in real life, otherwise it just sounds bad. Then you have to find ones that I can license and pay for to use...So it is all kind of a pain.


    But thanks for the comment, and for watching it. Glad you liked it.



  10. Dustin - Brilliant work as usual, really fantastic macro cinematography. I only watched it once quickly (at work, but couldn't resist) but I am again impressed with how you manage to get such steady detailed shots of skittish critters at macro range. The sound editing really is entertaining too, at least, for those who know this is not how things really sound under water. Were these sequences shot primarily at one location or a compilation from multiple trips? You've edited it all together seamlessly. I cannot imagine the time that goes into producing these but I am glad that you do it. Thanks once again for sharing! Robert


    Thanks for watching it Robert. It's funny, on my facebook page, there are people who are saying not to put the sound in because that "not what it sounds like" underwater....haha. I had to tell them that is the creative part of it, it is meant to be fun. I would say it is about 70% anilao, and 30% solomon islands. The editting time is more than I care to admit. I guess its a good thing I like to do it.



  11. Hi Everyone,


    I wanted to share my latest short film. This is a followup to my award winning 'Stay With Us' film. The story will have a total of three parts.


    This is a film you will want to have the volume up, with some bass if possible, and watch in full HD. It was shot with the Canon 1dx with 100mm macro lens.


    Curious to know what feedback you all have. I hope you enjoy it.





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  12. Loved it. I actually loved the intro, the aerials. Everything. So much nicer than the standard diving videos, which most of us are guilty of - straight into the underwater stuff.


    Really lead you into the area you were diving.


    Lovely mix of WA, divers, macro.


    And again. That bloody Canon of yours really showing us how MWB should work. Deep blues and lovely balanced foregrounds.


    Only thing I would say. Would be to add a bit of post stabilisation to the underwater stuff on the parts where you are going over / pass stuff. But I'll being real picky !


    Again. Great stuff!



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    I appreciate it. Thanks for watching it. Yes the Canon is the best for WB. Thats why I waited for the 1dxII for my next upgrade.

    I really liked the video, gorgeous! good work!

    I would like to know which camera rig do you use.




    I used the Canon 5dII on this particular video. With a 16-35F4L, and 100mm MAcro. aerial was a dji inspire 1

    Awesome stuff, Dustin!

    I apprecaite that. Thanks for watching it.

    Great video - maybe your best yet, and that's saying a lot!


    I appreciate that. From a story standpoint, I would agree with you. It was fun to make it. Trying to figure out what my next one is going to be....

  13. Hello everyone,


    I wanted to share my most recent short film. This time focusing on the magical world of Bali Indonesia. This film was one of the lucky 10 minute films accepted into the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition. It's got a good variety of dialogue, aerial shots, and of course underwater, macro and wide angle.


    Curious to hear what your feedback is. Any constructive criticism is always appreciated.





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