Sunday, December 13, 2015

Underwater Macro Photography

A fantastic underwater macro photography shot by Pat Sinclair that was shared on the Underwater Macro Photography Facebook page. There a lot of fantastic shots there to look at.

Here are Pat's settings.
  • Spotted Cleaner Shrimp
  • "King of the Mountain"
  • Olympus OMD EM-1, Nauticam housing, 2 Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes, m.Zuiko 60mm macro lens
  • Taken in Bonaire
  • Settings - f/20, s 1/250, ISO 250
  • Editing - WB in Lightroom

Friday, October 16, 2015

Santa Fe Institute

The Santa Fe Institute is some kind of a research and educational institute based in New Mexico, USA.

I got interested in them a month ago because of their free online courses in fractals, complexity and chaos theory. I have been fascinated for decades by the patterns of nature, evolution, revolution, phase diagrams, punctuated equilibrium, emergence, the power law, the combination of opposites in phenomena and the messiness of the real world.

I want to incorporate messiness in future film and doco projects instead of some idealised preconception of the world.

Complexity Explorer is where the free training takes place. I have been finding it quite useful to get me thinking more about the subject.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Last week I watched a DVD of the film Elizabeth (1998) made by Working Title and directed by Shekhar Kapur. He also made Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Both films won richly deserved Academy Awards. There was supposed to be a third film which sadly was never made.

Here are the Working Title web pages for Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Opening Sequence
In the Directors commentary on the Elizabeth DVD Shekhar Kapur says that the opening sequence of 3 protestants being burnt at the stake is "done with real people in there" and "everybody asked if there were any special effects" ..."There were none".

I thought the filmed sequence was very effective and tried to find out how that shot was done.

Update August 2015
I asked on the Facebook P.E.G Practical Effects Group and then on the Directors own website. Here is his reply.

"There was some smoke added initially, but as the fire built it was real and the people inside the fire were in covered in fireproof suits .. All the camera wires caught fire though as it was on the top of the flames .."