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Rouge on RED
A Passage To Komodo
2012 Lembeh Highlights
Update: This is another remaster of a video shot originally in 4K but down sampled to an HD workflow. I've just reconstructed it in 4K end to end and made this HD version of it from the finished 4K piece. While I was at it, I made a couple of minor changes to the original version. I decided that the first minute of scenes, which were all filmed at about 110 ft. might look nice in B&W. At that depth, everything is monochromatic anyhow, and sharks are a perfect subject for B&W so why not... I like the look of the scenes in B&W, RED footage converts to monochrome very nicely. The remainder of the film matches the original cut.
In October 2013, while on a project in Fiji, I had the pleasure of doing 10 truly amazing shark dives out of Pacific Harbour (you can see my prior blog post on my website, www.FishTalesFilms.com, for more details). I was diving with Beqa Adventure Divers. They bill themselves as a conservation organization that runs a dive operation. I can say that they live up to that credo because they are all about protecting the area's shark population. They were instrumental in setting up the Shark Reef Marine Reserve where the dive takes place and securing full protection from fishing in the area. They set up the reserve in 2004 and have been actively protecting the area since then.
This short film is made with some of the footage from those 10 dives. Shot on RED. Hope you enjoy. I will definitely go back.
This part of the description is an optional bit of shark evangelism which you may also want to read:
I know that some divers object to shark feeding because they think that it's "not natural", but here are a few reasons why it's a good idea when done correctly:
1. It increases awareness. Some people don't know how much they love sharks until they see one up close and personal. Remember, we only protect what we love, and we only love what we understand.
2. It gives the sharks some subtle incentive to remain in a protected region. These sharks are not dependent on the feeding. It's just a tasty little snack to them and they aren't getting it every day. An 8 ft Bull Shark can (and does) go anywhere it wants to. But the feeding is an encouragement to hang around in the general vicinity, which also happens to be the safest place for them.
3. Sharks REALLY need some advocates. The shark fin fleets are pillaging the world's shark populations. It is estimated that they are slaughtering over 100 million sharks a year, just for their fins, just to add some texture to a soup that has become a status symbol in Asia. If this doesn't stop really soon, the populations will crash to the point that they cannot recover. I'd hate to see these magnificent creatures that achieved evolutionary perfection 65 million years ago disappear from the seas in my lifetime.
Kudos to Beqa Adventure Divers for putting a dent in a really big problem. You guys ROCK!
This is a minor update to the version of the video that I shared a few months ago. At that time, I didn't have my new MacPro, so I couldn't view my work in 4K. Now, I'm going back through some of the films and remastering them with a different workflow. Before the MacPro, I could edit 4k footage, but then I would send it from FCPX to Da Vinci Resolve as HD, color grade it there, then round trip it back to FCPX to finish and export as HD. Unfortunately, that workflow left me without a finished 4K version. Now, I'm doing primary grading in REDCINE-X Pro, editing in FCPX, and if I want to do a bit of secondary grading in Da Vinci Resolve, I send it from FCPX as 4K rather than HD. What I get back in FCPX is 4K ProRes 422 that I use to make a final 4K version, then have FCPX down sample into an HD version for sharing. This new version of Fiji Below is the HD result of that 4K end to end workflow.
In Sept/Oct of 2013, I went on the maiden voyage of the Fiji Siren. This short video is a sampling of scenes from that trip. It includes footage from the Blight Waters, Namena Nature Reserve and Somo Somo Strait. All shot on RED.
I've been shooting UW video with the RED in my Amphibico Rouge housing for almost 9 months now. Recently, Amphibico asked for a sample piece to show at this year's DEMA Dive Show in Orlando this coming November. So I put this piece together using RED footage that I shot in the Rouge in Indonesia (Lembeh Strait, Raja Ampat and Triton Bay), in Fiji (aboard Fiji Siren in the North and with Beqa Adventure Divers out of Pacific Harbor) and in Sydney, Australia with Dive Centre Manly. Since DEMA is an industry only show and not open to the general public, I though I should also share it on my Vimeo Channel. Hope you enjoy it.
Steve worked in Palau from 2005 to 2007. This video is made from highlights during that time
A brief look at some of Lembeh Strait's famous critters.
Scuba Diving in one of the Pacific's most remote areas.
Award winning video of Nudibranchs and Crustaceans from Komodo, Alor, Banda Sea and Raja Ampat.
A video of the fantastic Scuba Diving in Indonesia's Banda Sea, the heart of the Spice Islands
A video of the undersea wonders of Komodo National Park in Indonesia
2012 Nudibranch Highlights from Lembeh Strait.
2012 Seahorse and Pipefish Highlights from Lembeh Strait.
2012 Cephalopod Highlights from Lembeh Strait.
A video commemorating a string of 300 consecutive dive days. The video contains one scene from each of the 300 days.
A video of the reefs and creatures of the Alor region in Nusa Tengara, Indonesia.
2012 Eel Highlights from Lembeh Strait.
2012 Critter Highlights from Lembeh Strait.
2012 Fish and Frogfish Highlights from Lembeh Strait.
2012 Crustacean Highlights from Lembeh Strait.