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About stphnmartin

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    Seattle, WA, USA

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    Panasonic GH5
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    Sola 3000 X 2, Sola 500
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    Tripod, strobe arms, floats, SmallHD 501 monitor, DJI Phantom 4

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  1. Oh, look at that. You got me! Busted! You are 100% incorrect. No lights were used. The threshers filmed were on a shoal at a cleaning station about 50-60 feet iirc. It was a sunny day and the viz was okay with some hazy, fine particulate.
  2. Thanks Tom. The thresher and whale shark footage was taken using ambient light only. No lights.
  3. Took a trip to Southern Leyte, Visayas & Malapascua, Philippines to see Thresher and Whale sharks among other beautiful creatures aboard the Philippines Siren. Had a great experience with threshers and my first time seeing them. Being still and not finning towards them allowed them to be curious and come closer and investigate bubble blowers. Here's a video of the experience. Lost my first drone on this trip! But, managed to recover it from it's water death and get the files off the SD card.
  4. Here's a video of a recent trip to Halmahera and Lembeh in Indonesia from June. It was nice to finally get out and travel again. And, I didn't catch covid in the process. :-) The trip was onboard the MSY Seahorse, a 12 day liveaboard departing from Bitung. Visibility deteriorated as the trip went on making it a challenge to shoot. The highlight was a wall of about 1,000 barracudas at Tifore Island.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks Kraken de Mabini! Appreciate your comments. I may make the next one with longer cuts.
  7. Thanks. I think the kelp forest in the video was south Vancouver Island near Victoria. However, you can find kelp forests closer at Salt Creek on the peninsula.
  8. Thanks. Hope you're swimming with mantas and whale sharks right now!
  9. A few others have mentioned the short clips. It's kinda like Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire". You have to slow it down to figure out what he's saying in the fast parts. :-) I'm not much help about real estate on the Islands. I can say a few of my favorite dive sites are on the south side of Lopez Island. :-)
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