Edmonds Kelp Crabs and Friends

Tell us your tale of coming nose-to-nose with a 6 gill [--this big--], or about your vacation to turquoise warm waters. Share your adventures here!
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Re: Edmonds Kelp Crabs and Friends

Post by Sharkb8 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:09 pm

Oh man that looks like it was fun. Edmonds with good vis is awesome! Nice shots and video :)
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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:30 am

Nice report! I love that huge seastar!! :)
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Post by carlk3 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:50 pm

I was also concentrating on stills. Here are some of them (including the 1st sea lion we've seen under the Puget Sound!). - Carl

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Post by YellowEye » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:53 pm

Very cool. Odd you can't set white balance in post, but I don't know video. I'm sure others will comment.

White balance will depend on the depth and the viz for the day, so maybe have a few pics around?

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Edmonds Kelp Crabs and Friends

Post by carlk3 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:52 pm

After more than a year, I finally figured out how to get good color video from my Canon GX7 II camera. Here is 85 seconds of clips from a Friday dive at Edmonds. I couldn't believe how many kelp crabs were crawling on wreckage of the Triumph.



Here was the trick:

Short answer: I used a picture of sand, from a previous dive, to set a custom white balance.

Long answer: The problem is that MP4 (video) bakes in the white balance. [This is not an issue for stills that I record raw.] So, you must set a reasonable white balance. The GX7 II offers a "underwater" white balance, but as far as I can tell, no one uses it. It also offers a custom white balance, where you take a picture of something white (or grey) underwater and then tell it to use that picture to set the WB. The problem is that for the GX7 II, setting a custom WB takes about 10 steps, too many for me underwater. (I understand the 1st GX7 is one step.) So, I used a picture of sand from a previous dive to set the custom WB before the dive. My other settings are TV with a 1/125 sec shutter. Everything else is auto. (For stills, I also LOVE slow-speed contiguous burst.)

- Carl

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