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  1. Thanks for watching. As for the octopuses....the opening shot was crazy. The white legged octo, was just sitting in its little hole, sitting as still as can be. I have about 10 minutes of footage of it just sitting there. I had a +10 diopter on, so it was right up against its eyes. Didn't mind a bit. In fact, it was holding so still, I took a few still photos, which is what the cover is on the video. Don't normally do that, but I just had to considering how cool the framing was. The last octo was just in a hole in the reef. I got a lot of good footage of it actually. To have it turn black, I backed off my camera, and hovered above the hole probably 4-5 feet above it. Just above my lights. Seeing the black of the wetsuit, I believe makes it want to change....I could be wrong on that, but it worked.
  2. Hello everyone, I wanted to share my latest short film effort. I don't know about the rest of you, but whenever I am macro diving, I always have to take step back and think about how crazy looking and acting the animals are down there. To me, I think of Aliens! Have a look at my new film 'Stay With Us'. I am curious on feedback on the footage, concept, music, sound etc.. Let me know your thoughts. I hope you enjoy it. Dustin
  3. Thank you!. Yes it was the 100mm. As for diopter, a +10 was used on some of the close ups. Thanks!
  4. Thank you so much for watching it! Thank you! Glad you liked it. Thanks Diggy!
  5. I wanted to share a short film I made recently. Back in October, I was lucky enough for it to be selected to be shown at the San Diego Undersea Film Expo. It seems that most underwater films are very similar now days. So I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little different. Earlier this year, a young artist, named Nick Carro approached me to ask my permission to draw an image from one of my films that had an octopus in it. I was flattered, but had one condition...that was for him to show me the final piece. Not only did produce an amazing piece of art, but he also filmed himself doing it. He was kind enough to allow me to use some of his footage to make this film. This is different.....and I am curious to know what people think of it. It was a very difficult to edit, but I think it turned out pretty good. Let me know what you think. Enjoy! Dustin Or Youtube
  6. That is a good question. Sometimes, they don't cooperate. Other times they do. Patience is key. In fact, I had 1 dive at a muck spot, that was a 2 hour dive, and everything was cooperating! And they were traditionally difficult subjects. I am going to do a film that just has footage from that dive. It was pretty cool. Thanks! Yes, I use a tripod. A necessity for dslr macro footage. you are welcome! thanks for watching it.
  7. Hello everyone. Once again, I would like to share my latest episode in my 'Rolling in the Deep' series. This time exploring the muck of Eastern Papua. This is one of my favorite ones I have done. One particulary cool shots is of a Peacock Mantis shrimp aerating its eggs. Very cool behavior. Let me know what you think! Dustin Or youtube
  8. Thanks for looking at them. The bobtail squid was very strange. It was on the wall right on Tawali's house reef. Just sitting on top of dead coral. I have always seen them in more mucky conditions. So I was surprised to see one there.
  9. Well we finally finished the gallery for our Papua New Guinea trip. Milne bay is a fantastic destination for both macro and wide angle. Here is the link to the gallery. Let us know which ones are your favorites. http://www.oceanshutter.com/p439135783 Enjoy!
  10. I am starting to think that the 1dxII might be looming for me. if that can have 4k @ 60p, and focus peaking, I think I might be sold. Although wish it was in the smaller form factor as the 5d...and in all reality, I just wish that 5d4 would just come out, but I have a feeling Canon is going to protect their cinema line. Have you ever shot the C300 underwater? And if so, how is the WB with that?
  11. The question is Drew, can it get a decent wide angle white balance? How does your a7rII do? Coming from canon dslr, is tough to give that up.
  12. Hello everyone. I am excited to share a really short video I put together of a frogfish I had the pleasure of filming during our trip to Bali. In this video...our beautiful frogfish friend 'Finds Nemo'. You may not want to show the kids this one.... All comments welcome. Enjoy! Dustin Or Youtube
  13. Thought I would post a trip report for our recent trip to Bali Indonesia. With my wife doing photos and myself doing video, we have certain expectations when booking with an operator. With Mike Veitch being both, we figured that booking with his company, Www.underwatertribe.com would be a good idea. After researching others experiences, we felt comfortable with moving forward with them. And we couldn't have been more pleased. Our group was a mix of people with varying levels of dive experience/interest, as well as non divers as well. Everyone also didn't arrive or leave at the same time, so needless to say, the booking for our group was challenging. Mike,Miho, and Luca handled everything great, and the trip went off without hitch. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending their operation to anyone, and I don't give those kind of compliments very often...lol. They handled all of the transports from each location, the diving, tanks, guides, gear cleaning, hotels, boats, etc...Everything went like clockwork, even if some things were changed by our group at the last minute. Their main guide Derek is excellent, and mike isn't too shabby a spotter either. Although they did miss a few things on the list, like a mimic octopus, mating blue ring octopus, and orcas. Although, I am willing to forgive them for the last 2. ;-). A lot of the diving is shore diving, so the diving isn't easy. Between getting to the sites, setting up gear, and lifting everything, rinsing it, and also helping you into the water, with breaking water, and rocks that my feet aren't used to stepping on, they were extremely helpful in every way, and made the diving as easy as it could possibly get. For those that haven't been to Bali before, a lot of the dives in the tulamben area, and Pemeturan area are shore dives and you have to deal with the sand in your gear. It makes getting geared up less than ideal, but have the right mindset and you will be fine. Also, I don't know if my feet are extremely sensitive, but the rock to walk on hurt pretty bad at times. I had soft sole booties, but highly recommend thick soles, if you have feet that are less than tough.. Though Derek, and Mike would help with cameras and fins for those entries we were less than sure of. Whether it be unstable rocks, or the surf, they were always willing to help. My only complaint regarding the diving would be the tank fills we generally around 2700-2800 psi. Although this isn't the fault of the operator as there is company that delivers the tanks to all the operators, so this would be the same for everyone. Mike, noticed my air consumption was subpar, so he ordered a larger tank for me. Which helped quite a bit. We had 11 days of diving, and started in the Pemeturan area, staying at adi assri, which was a nice hotel, with nice rooms. We startied diving with menjangan island. It has some nice coral dives, with some moderate walls. Some nice fans for photography. But for video, it was just reef stuff, nothing overly exciting. 1 day was enough for us there. We then dove secret bay, which had the best viz, that mike had ever seen there, so I think we lucked out a bit there. It was 10 degrees colder than in menjangan. Still worth a visit although if viz is low, probably not. We then dove puri jati on the way to tulamben. In Tulamben, we really got in a grove with 6 days there. The liberty wreck dive is the most popular, which we didn't prefer, as it had too many people for us. We liked the liberty slope more, and it had great critters. We dive site, which I can't recall, it wasn't a popular site...but we drove in, saw a cow that was in labor, did the dive, saw 5 mantis shrimps with eggs, probably a dozen ornate ghost pipefish, a clown frogfish, and a warty frogfish, in which I got video of it eating an anenome fish, and some nudis....got done with the dive, and the baby calf was standing next to its mom...will never forget that dive. It was amazing. Did a bunch of night dives in tulamben, have to admit it, it wasn't as good as I had hoped. But still was productive. Didn't help that we went on full moon, and the current was pretty strong. As we ended our time in Tulamben, we journeyed to Sanur, to dive with the mantas, and molas. But on the way to Sanur we dove in Padang bai. We really liked it. And wished we had another few dives there. The water was again 8 degrees cooler than tulamben, but in 2 dives, we saw a rhinopia, nudis, zebra crab, 5 frogfish. Nice diving and good viz. We chose to dive Nusa penida for the last two days. The first day, the surge was poor and we couldn't get to the manta site or mola site, so we dove the reefs there. They are nice healthy reefs, but we were bummed about not being at the other sites. The next day we were able to get to manta point, and chose not to try for the mola, as the chances of seeing one, and taking photos without anyone in them was remote, we chose to shoot mantas, and for the last two dives of the day we could shoot with nobody in the shots..the last dive we were the only ones in the water. Had trains of up to 8 mantas, and in one video frame I counted 13....not bad. We then spent a couple days off gassing in ubud, which is a must do....although two of our group members had to visit the first aid, after getting bitten by the monkeys in monkey forest. Dont take water bottles in there if you don't want a monkey to bite you..trust me..lol. Make sure you take time away from diving to experience the culture and sites, we didn't do too much of that as we had been there before for just land sightseeing a couple years ago, didn't do diving that trip. Also. Beware that if you try to take a drone in there they might cause you problems. They claimed a new law was passed an you needed a permit for one....they wanted me to leave a $3k drone at the airport....I had to promise not to fly it...;-). My overall impressions of Bali as a dive destination are good. It doesn't has as much critter density as Lembeh or anilao, but still very strong. Mike mentioned he thought it was strange that we didn't see more nudis on our trip..the muck diving is still one of the tops in the world, and the combine with nice reefs and manta diving, it really is superb. On top of that, it excels at the topside beauty and the richness of the culture that no other destination can compete with. Everyone should dive Bali at least once In their lives. I'm sure this won't be our last time, and when we come back we will be using Underwater Tribe. Dustin
  14. I agree with that...and when I see others do it, it does look very natural. However, there are times, when I try it, and it doesn't feel right. Perhaps this is just the fact that it is my own work, so I am being critical. Where if someone else did it, it would be okay.
  15. I took it as he was talking about dissolve transitions between clips. While I don't agree that that they are for people that don't know how to edit. I do agree that too many of them are not good. I have traditionally used the soundtrack as a guide in which I do. And after looking at my video after his comments, I agree I did too many. There is a place for dissolves IMO. But overuse is bad. If you look at films in general they very rarely use cross dissolves between clips. It does happen but very rarely.
  16. Thanks for the feedback Thanks for the critique. I do tend to lean towards dissolves if the music isn't obvious for cuts. I am getting better at it, than what I used to do. Good reminder, when I have some time I may look to re edit it with some of your advice.
  17. Thanks for watching, and glad you liked it. I hope your curse ends soon. I would recommend Socorro to break it though. While we had bad weather, we eventually got a clear day to dive. The boiler is amazing. I am not that good at editing, so I can't remove the remoras...sorry. ;-)
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