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Award well earned. Great video, a real pleasure to watch. Congrats

Thank you...I appreciate that!

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That was spectacular, some beautiful video and it really gets to the core of  why I love diving. For me the choice of video or photo is easy, underwater is video and land is photo.

I agree with you!

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:48:50 PM »
I really enjoyed it. Award well deserved. Makes me wonder why I donĀ“t do anything under water ...

Thanks for watching it.  It is certainly very expensive, I think that is what keeps most people.  If you shoot on land and want to upgrade a camera body...no big deal.  Just buy the body.  with underwater you have to buy a new housing with it and that can cost $3k to $6k just for that...  Not to mention most people have to travel to shoot.  It just adds up.

thanks again for watching and commenting on it.

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:46:33 PM »
Awesome work, sir.  I enjoyed every minute of it =)

Glad you enjoyed it.  thanks for watching it.

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:45:57 PM »
Great video.  Orcas,  sun fish,  whale shark & the hammerheads all in a few days... Very jealous!

Thanks.  Yes I can't believe the diversity myself.  It is a special place.  thanks for watching it

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:01:24 PM »
Dustin! Wow, nice job, beautiful! Steady shots even in surge! Well put together. Congratulations on a well deserved award. That was quite a display of underwater life. The closest I've come to that many visitors was diving in the Georgia aquariums main tank.

Thank you!  the surge can create some difficulty for sure.  The Aquarium had to have been interesting.  Any video?

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:00:27 PM »
Very nice!  congrats.

Thanks for watching it!

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:00:04 PM »
I'm impressed.  It is amazing how easy it is to find most (no, not all) of these creatures in the Galapagos.  What is not so easy is getting quality footage of them from good angles.

I have a small movie I made last year of a marine iguana.  It was really exciting to catch that moment, but I have a long way to go before matching something like this.

Thanks you,  it is certainly a challenging place to get good footage, with surge, current, and cold, makes it challenging.

Dustin

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:59:01 PM »
Justifiably awarded I would say, very nice.

On my list of places to Dive, hopefully 2015, always the dilemma, video or Images.

I've wanted to go for a while now mainly for the deep water looking up Images of the Hammer Heads.

The Orca was a definate plus, that's going to take some topping.

Well done, beautiful piece of video work.
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Thank you for the compliment.  It is an amazing place.  You will love it.  I was fortunate enough to get the Agressors's 2 for 1 deal.  This made more affordable.  As for the hammerheads.  They are in greater numbers in the spring time, but no whale sharks then.  We went in August.

The ocra's were cool.  Although they scared away the whale sharks.  We only saw 1 on the trip, and should have seen over a dozen.  Oh well...
Dustin

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Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 28, 2014, 12:56:21 PM »
Great job and an award well earned.  Congrats.  That had to be a great thrill with the special visitor.

Thank you!  Yes the Orca's were a surprise.  There were 5 of them.  You could tell where they were because the birds would just hover above them.  Pretty cool to see.  Much better than seeing them in a tank.
Dustin

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Video & Movie / Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:27:50 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share my latest underwater film - Darwin's Dream. I was lucky enough to have it awarded the bronze award at the Our World Underwater film competition. Galapagos is an amazing destination both below and above the surface. This was shot in only 5 short days of diving. At the end of the film you will see we had a special visitor. It was very exciting. Let me know what you think.
Please feel free to like, share and comment!

Dustin

Darwin's Dream, Canon 5d Mark II Small | Large

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Video & Movie / Re: Hunting CuttleFish
« on: February 10, 2014, 11:34:55 AM »
Very nice video. A pleasure to watch. Good job Dustin.

Thanks!

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Video & Movie / Re: Hunting CuttleFish
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:21:52 PM »
Very nice and very nicely done.
What I really mean to say is, Amazing!!  :)
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Is there anything like an underwater steady cam device available?

Thanks for watching it.  The key to smooth underwater footage is having a balanced camera...with all the lights etc... And having it neutrally bouyant.  That isn't so much my issue.  It's just that the macro lens has such a small DOF.  IT is very difficult to keep in focus even if I have holding still.
Dustin

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Video & Movie / Hunting CuttleFish
« on: February 09, 2014, 07:18:38 PM »
Hello,

I had an amazing experience of doing a night dive with this cuttlefish.  It used my lights to hunt.  It was amazing to watch.  I was using the 100mm macro lens.  So as you can image handholding it in water is a bit of a challenge to keep focus.  But I did my best.
Enjoy!

Dustin

The Executioner, Canon 5D Mark II, 100mm Macro Small | Large


https://vimeo.com/85781312

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Video & Movie / Re: Everything is better Underwater
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:55:38 PM »
Thanks for watching and commenting guys!

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