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About Laval

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    Toronto
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    UW videography: macro and wide angle

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Sony PXW-Z90
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    Gates AX700 / Z90 with GP34A Wide Angle Port
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    Keldan Video 8X 11000 Lumen, CRI 92 (5400K)

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  1. Thank you for watching and your comments, TimG. Regarding lights, "8x" is the model number, but 11000 lumens is correct. I used two lights. I was thinking about adding captions to this video, and I agree that it would be a good idea. I am thinking of making a video about wrecks, with a bit of history and many captions.
  2. Please watch my latest video “Scuba Diving in the Red Sea, Egypt, Sinai”, which will bring you to the best dive sites and shipwrecks of the Red Sea, and show what you can expect to see underwater during a 7-day long “Sinai Wrecks & Reefs” diving safari. This trip took place in August 2022, and it was organized and led by Massimo Franzese (aka Interceptor121) for underwater photographers and videographers, hence the name “2022 Image Makers Liveaboard”. We have to complement Massimo for the success of this trip. He used to work in this region as a dive instructor, which, combined with his underwater photography and videography skills, helped him to choose the best time for each dive. One of the great benefits of this trip was that every evening Massimo would review our photos and footage, and give us advice on how to improve. Our boat, the Snefro Pearl, with its fantastic crew always eager to help, made our trip very comfortable and enjoyable. With respect to marine life, we were pleasantly surprised how healthy the corrals were, with absolutely no signs of coral bleaching. The water was warm, crystal clear and unbelievably blue. The most unforgettable part of this trip was snorkeling and diving with a family of wild dolphins. I counted 21 of them. Diving the Thistlegorm shipwreck was very interesting as well. Overall, this Image Makers Liveaboard trip exceeded my expectations. I hope that Massimo will keep organizing Underwater Image Makers Trips in the future so I can join him for more fun diving and continue improving my videography skills. Underwater Video Equipment used: Camera: Sony camcorder PXW Z90 Housing: Gates AX700 / Z90 with Gates GP34A Wide Angle Port and internal UR Pro Red Filter Video Lights: Keldan Video 8X 11000 Lumen, CRI 92 (5400K) Keldan Ambient Filter M1 (10-20m) for 4X/8X Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS Picture Profile: PP10 (HLG); Gamma: HLG2; Color Mode: BT2020 Above water camera: iPhone 13 Max Pro I will greatly appreciate your comments, including constructive criticism. https://youtu.be/-YfjesgYRdg
  3. Thanks a lot, troporobo. I appreciate your nice comments.
  4. Thank you, Kraken de Mabini, for your comments. I am glad you like it. Val
  5. Here is my latest Video Trip Report about diving in Fiji's Rainbow Reef.If you enjoyed the video, please LIKE it and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel for more exciting travel videos! Underwater Video Equipment used: Camera: Sony camcorder PXW Z90 Housing: Gates AX700 / Z90 with Gates GP34A Wide Angle Port and internal UR Pro Red Filter Video Lights: Keldan Video 8X 11000 Lumen, CRI 92 (5400K) Keldan Ambient Filter M1 (10-20m) for 4X/8X Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS Picture Profile: PP10;Gamma: HLG2; Color Mode: BT2020 Drone: DJI Mavic 3 Above water camera: iPhone 13 Max Pro
  6. Thank you very much for your nice comment Kraken de Mabini. Val
  7. Hi Arellano, Thank you for your comment about my video. If you are planning to take a liveaboard, I would recommend you to check reviews at Undercurrent. If your choice is a resort (this is my preference), my recommendation would be Papua Diving Resorts: Sorido Bay Resort and Kri Eco Resorts. They are pioneers of diving in Raja Ampat and located on Kri Island in a middle of Dampier Strait, which offers the best scuba diving of Raja Ampat. You could watch my videos about Sorido Bay Resort and their founder, Max Ammer, using the following links: https://youtu.be/rY8pi6XgZMg https://youtu.be/vcmAxOhLgEM Also, here is the LINK to my trip report posted at Scubaboard. Enjoy your trip to Raja Ampat. Thank you, Val
  8. Please find the following link to my new 4K video "COLORS OF RAJA AMPAT IN HDR", in which I was trying to show magnificent colors of the Raja Ampat's marine life, biodiversity of which is the highest recorded on Earth. It's simply overwhelming. You could watch the video in SDR quality or in HDR quality on an HDR-enabled television, tablets, phones or computer screens. All footage of this video was shot in 4K using Sony Camcorder HXR-NX80 with picture profile Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). For camera setting, I followed recommendations of the following article: AX700-Z90-Housing-Recommended-Settings-R2: https://www.gateshousings.com/wp-co...AX700-Z90-Housing-Recommended-Settings-R2.pdf: Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS; Picture Profile: PP10; Gamma: HLG2; Color Mode: BT2020 Thank you for watching, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
  9. Here is the link to my new video - the Episode 2 of my series of videos about dive sites of Raja Ampat, which will bring you to the Blue Magic Dive Site at Dampier Strait in West Papua, Indonesia. If you enjoyed the video, please LIKE it, leave a COMMENT, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE for more exciting travel videos! In this video I used 4K underwater video clips shot during our two stays at the Sorido Bay Resort in December 2018 and January 2020. All 'manta ray' clips and a few 'fish' clips were shot using Sony A7Rii camera in 2018; and all other clips were shot using Sony Camcorder NXR-NX80 in 2020. I will greatly appreciate a constructive criticism of this video. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND YOUR COMMENTS! https://youtu.be/7kyn7nkcfEQ
  10. I am glad to hear that you like it. You may want to keep an eye on my YouTube channel, as I will be posting video "Raja Ampat - The Last Paradise" in a week or two. This will be Episode 1, which will be focused on the Sorido Bay Resort and diving at Cape Kri.
  11. Thank you very much Kylie. I am glad you like it. We' ve been to Misool Eco Resort as well, but we like Sorido Bay Resort better, and planning to come back again as soon as travel is allowed. I am actually finalizing my movie about Sorido Bay Resort, and, if you are interested, you could follow my YouTube Channel to get unbiased information about this resort and diving at Dampier Strait.
  12. Have you been dreaming of Raja Ampat recently? Me too.So, I created a video DREAMING OF RAJA AMPAT to share our memories and dreams about the breathtaking Raja Ampat. In this video, I used footage from our two most recent trips to Raja Ampat. Both times we stayed at Sorido Bay Resort (Dampier Strait), which is our favorite dive resort. If you are interested in more technical details, please keep reading below. On the first trip I used a Sony A7Rii camera, Ikelite housing and Keldan Video lights 8X 11,000 Lumen CRI 92 (5400K). Sony A7Rii had some problems with autofocus and did not allow to set WB manually. On the second trip I used the following equipment: Camera: Sony camcorder HXR-NX80 Housing: Gates AX700 / Z90 with Gates GP34A Wide Angle Port and internal UR Pro Red Filter Diopters: SAGA +5 Diopter Achromatic Close-Up Macro Lens, and SAGA +10 Diopter Achromatic Close-Up Macro Lens Video Lights: Keldan Video 8X 11,000 Lumen CRI 92 (5400K) with Keldan Ambient Filter M1 (10-20m) for 4X/8X Camera Settings: 4K, 30 FPS, Picture Profile: BT709, and on several dives - HLG picture profile. For camera settings, I used recommendations from the following article : AX700-Z90-Housing-Recommended-Settings-R2.pdf HDR clips were converted to Rec.709 color space using the following two methods: 1 - FCPX HDR Tool HDR to Rec.709 SDR, 2 - Leeming Camera LUT Pro Sony A - HLG to Rec.709. For reasons I could not explain, FCPX HDR Tool worked better for some clips and Leeming Camera Lut worked better for other clips. Juan Miguel Núñez Arellano provided me invaluable guidance and mentoring in shooting and grading HLG footage. You could visit his website (http://wetpixel.es) to learn more about underwater videography in general and about using HLG in UW videography. Juan's videos could be found at the following YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JUANMONTEREY/featured
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