10-16-2013, 09:31 AM #1
"Mucky Secrets" - Macro video of marine life in the wild in Indonesia
Hi, I am not an aquarium owner but rather an underwater videographer with a passion for marine life.
I am making a 90-minute documentary about the Lembeh Strait, a special place at the heart of the Coral Triangle with an amazing diversity of marine species, many of them rare. The diving there is known as "muck diving" because of the volcanic sand and silt and the amount of litter underwater, much of which gets used as habitats by the marine life.
I have made a short prologue video of macro footage set to music, in which I tried to convey the personalities of the fishes and other creatures. I guess some of these species might be difficult to keep in an aquarium.
You can see the names of all the species by opening the closed captions, under the CC button.
10-16-2013, 04:06 PM #2
Beautiful and fascinating. Thanks for sharing. I have always wondered how underwater photographers get those extreme close-ups without frightening the fish.
10-16-2013, 04:24 PM #3
Thanks WhistlingBadger. Well, I always make a very slow approach, from as low down as possible, and breathe as slowly and as gently as possible, exhaling through the nose so the mask diffuses the bubbles and creates less noise than exhaling through the regulator. That camera has a +3.5 diopter screwed onto it for macro. For it to be in focus, the camera actually has to be further away from the subject than it looks, say 12-18 inches. I hide behind the housing as much as I can. Then the challenge is to hold it steady and avoid wobbles.
11-04-2013, 02:54 PM #4
very cool video full of interesting creatures. I look forward to seeing more.your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!
11-04-2013, 03:17 PM #5
Thanks Crispy! Just putting the music on the full length documentary now (which I find the most difficult part). I'll update the thread when I start to serialize it.
09-02-2014, 09:23 AM #6
So after serialising the documentary over 20-weeks, I finally uploaded the whole 90-minute thing in its entirety.
It's packed with marine biological information. I did my utmost to be factually correct, but I always welcome additional information and/or corrections from those who know more than me. I am sure there are many on this forum!