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  1. 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. 


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  2. On 3/4/2022 at 6:01 PM, sandra kaye said:

    I am not as professional as all these other people commenting, but I thought the video overall was pretty good, to the average person they would not see what the others are critiquing about. Keep up the good work!

    Thanks Sandra. Appreciate it!

  3. 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.


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  4. 22 hours ago, wolftalker said:

    Great video!   Where was the kelp forest at?  I haven't seen any in Washington yet!  


    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. 

  5. On 3/27/2021 at 1:42 AM, phxazcraig said:

    I usually don't like watching videos, but that one is compelling.   The only think I didn't like about was the use several times of the quick-take-zoom-in sequences.   A bit too quick for my taste.  (I wonder what they'd look like about 1/3rd longer takes.)

    Thanks phxazcraig. Appreciate your comments!

  6. 20 hours ago, troporobo said:

    We’re looking for property on one of the islands now, so if you’ve got any tips they would be much appreciated!


    After watching the video again, my only critique is that some of the jump cuts are a bit too quick for my taste.  I get that they are well timed to the soundtrack but when the image is only seen for a second or two I struggled to identify it. The rest of the mix between macro and others is perfect.

    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. :-) 

  7. On 3/6/2021 at 3:15 PM, troporobo said:

    Wonderful!  Really great cinematography and editing, and good choice of soundtrack. 

    I learned to dive in the Sound a long time ago, but haven’t been in cold water since. This whets my appetite for when we will finally return to the PNW later this year. Thanks for sharing. 

    Thanks! Let me know when you're back in the PNW and want to dive.

  8. On 3/6/2021 at 12:59 AM, hyp said:

    That is really cool. Which lenses did you use to shoot this?

    Thanks hyp. I put the full gear list in the YouTube description but used these lenses on a GH5:

    M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
    M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO and Nauticam port
    M.Zuiko Olympus MZ ED 7-14 f/2.8 PRO and Nauticam port
    M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ and Nauticam port

  9. The cold waters of the Salish Sea contain many beautiful and colorful marine creatures. With the world in challenging shape this past year, I feel fortunate to be able to visit them every now and then. Here's a compilation of various visits throughout the pacific northwest.

    Comments and critiques welcomed.


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    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.




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  11. 8 hours ago, troporobo said:

    Excellent macro videography!  That was certainly a target rich environment.  Thanks for sharing

    What was your lens/port combo for the sequence with the anemonefish and eggs at 1:08? That is a perspective I've been trying but failing to get.  

    Thanks troporobo! If I remember correctly, the wider shots were done using the Oly 12-50 and the closeup on the eggs was the Oly 60mm (on two different dives of course). Both lenses fit the Nauticam 12-50 port.

  12. 9 hours ago, Interceptor121 said:

    The image quality is outstanding and good proof of what the GH5 can do

    However, and I am repeating myself here, even if the shots are lovely, a slide show of stills would not be far off as the fixed focal is really bearable for a short time 

    Thanks Inteceptor121. Am I really to believe you think a still image of a harlequin shrimp reveals almost as much detail as video of its intricate movements due to lens focal lengths?

  13. 13 hours ago, aviator8 said:

    Wow, I just spent the last hour on your youtube channel.  This is the type work I aspire to be able to do.  Your video is great.  Crisp subjects, great lighting, very well edited.  I went through your videos and right around the 2017 Coz video The quality of your videos took on a whole new level of production.  What did you do differently then?

    Thanks aviator8! I appreciate you watching. Yes, 2017 is when I switched from the Sony CX550 video camera to the Panasonic GH5. So, the technology improved being able to shoot in 4k60p.

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