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  • Underwater DSLR Video | Eastern Fields Papua New Guinea
    couple of weeks I ve been completely occupied putting the following video together Downloadable copy available via my iTunes podcast Music by Alain Thomas via Musicalley com I shot all of the video footage and most of the photos during a month long stay in Papua New Guinea last year aboard the MV Golden Dawn a trip I co organised with Eric Cheng and Wetpixel Of note I captured all the video footage with DSLR cameras using a Canon 5D Mark II underwater and a Canon 7D topside This is also the first time I ve edited anything with Final Cut Pro and Motion both part of Apple s Final Cut Studio software collection So cut me some slack if you see mistakes areas for improvement I think I did an excellent job of making Craig look No simple task by any means In case it s not obvious the waters of Papua New Guinea are absolutely amazing I m planning a few more trips with Craig for June 2011 and January 2012 We re still ironing out specifics but check back soon for details Note For contrast and comparison here s another video I posted earlier from the same

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/dslr-video-of-eastern-fields-papua-new-guinea (2016-04-26)
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  • Photographs and Video from The Night Safari Lembeh
    the water temperature and conditions were great through the night In addition waking up mid to late morning and jumping into the water for a first dive at 17 30 or so proved to be a very civilised schedule With much of the morning and afternoon free to chill out sort through photos charge batteries check gear etc the night schedule was well easy Having so much time before the first dive also meant I never went in without charged batteries lens cap still attached CF card missing or any of the other common flub ups that happen when you re in a rush or don t have sufficient time to double check gear before hitting the water I hesitate to speak for everyone on the trip but I think we all felt this way and several people asked to be kept informed if there s another night trip because they liked this one so much I am in fact running another night trip later this year in Ambon together with Eric Cheng and Wetpixel It s basically the same idea diving mostly at night concentrating on the dive sites collectively referred to as the Twilight Zone It s been difficult to dive these prolific sites at night for many years now but with the new Maluku Divers resort situated close by we ll have easy access to Ambon s critter central I have no doubt that it s going to be an awesome adventure The underwater topography is similar to but different from that of Lembeh and though there s certainly an overlap in the resident critter life Ambon s marine community is unique which means lots of new animals and behaviours to see and enjoy If you re interested in checking out Ambon s night life in November

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/video-of-night-safari-lembeh-trip (2016-04-26)
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  • Time Lapse Video | Saddleback Anemonefish in Lembeh Strait
    lay large clutches of eggs near their host anemones The fish care for their offspring with remarkable devotion and energy by clearing away garbage circulating water over the eggs and fending off potential aggressors until the young fry hatch and swim away There are many excellent photographs of anemonefish taking care of their eggs but somehow a single image doesn t quite convey the vigour with which these fish attend to their next generation During my recent trip to the Lembeh Strait I spent some quality time with one particular group of saddleback anemonefish Amphiprion polymnus at a dive site called Retak Larry The fish were in a nice shallow location with minimal visual clutter I took several hundred consecutive images of them tending their eggs and assembled the photos into a couple of time lapse sequences In this first sequence above the eggs are to the right side of the frame The bright orange colouration of the eggs indicates that they were laid not too long before I took these images As the eggs mature they gradually become transparent with the nutrients represented by the orange colour morphing into eyes gills other vital organs and such Watch the video

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  • Making Mochi for the New Year Celebration in Japan
    which is basically mashed up sticky rice In times gone by everyone made their own mochi by steaming and pounding the rice themselves In our modern civilised existence most people just buy mochi pre prepared Store bought mochi can still be delicious and filling but it s even better hand made as I learned a few days ago when I had a chance to participate in a mochi making party

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/making-mochi (2016-04-26)
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  • Visit to Ogasawara Japan | Bonin Islands
    unspoiled bit of paradise in the middle of the Pacific that s difficult not to fall in love with Below is a short video slideshow to give you an idea of what it s like in Ogasawara It s a large file so let it buffer before you play if you have a relatively slow internet connection All the images and video including the sperm whale underwater were shot with

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/ogasawara (2016-04-26)
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  • Measuring a Giant Squid Architeuthis Feeding Arm
    and retrieved the arm of giant squid I know For most people doing something like this isn t a life goal I get it I m not normal But it doesn t matter because I did it and it s something I ll never forget Here s the condensed version of what happened While we were cruising along in deep water looking for signs of sperm whales the captain s wife shouted something from the top deck I looked up and saw her gesturing frantically but with the combined noise of the engine wind and ocean swells I could neither understand what she was saying nor grasp the reason for her excitement Following the time tested principle of act first think later I grabbed my mask snorkel fins and camera and jumped into the water Visibility was excellent I immediately saw a long reddish object sinking into the blue and swam down about 10 metres to take a closer look As I approached the squid arm my brain finally kicked in the think later part and I realised that the only reason a rapidly sinking giant squid arm would be at the paltry depth of 10 metres is if a sperm whale i e large animal with big mouth had just dropped it like perhaps only seconds earlier At that point I looked around in a brief moment of panic or sanity depending upon your point of view thinking that perhaps the whale that had dropped such a tasty morsel might not appreciate my absconding with it Fortunately the previous owner was nowhere to be seen so I avoided becoming whale food grabbed the squid arm and swam back to the surface We kept the arm segment on ice until the next morning when we had sufficient space and light

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Video Multimedia Friday Oct 30 2009 Sperm Whale IDs It s been about a week since I got back from photographing sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus in Ogasawara with friends Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Video Multimedia Wednesday Sep 30 2009 Humpback Whale Video I had a video camera with me this year while I was in Tonga Nothing too fancy A Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Video Multimedia Friday May 8 2009 Custom Wetsuits Believe it or not we made this video the first time we met Khun Pachara who s the owner of Continue Reading Video Multimedia Places Adventures Monday Apr 20 2009 10 Great Places to Eat in Phuket In case it s not completely obvious I love the fact that I get to try lots of great food in many of the places I travel to especially in Asia When I was in Phuket last year we spent two entire days eating at local food stalls and restaurants places not on the tourist map This is a short video summary of 10 recommendations for places to try which goes together with this Continue Reading Life Food Video Multimedia Thursday Apr 9 2009 Outtakes This video stuff is turning out to be more fun than I imagined Doing video coverage at DEEP Indonesia actually made going to a dive show fun everyone knows

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/category/video-multimedia/P10 (2016-04-26)
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  • Celebrating the New Year with Mr. K.
    scientiae Home Journal Mr K Mr K I welcomed the new year last night with Mr K the friend I wrote about at the end of last year See post Mr K smiling with a glass of red wine He gave me permission to post a photo or two for friends who ve recently let me know they re also facing cancer as a way of sharing some positive vibes

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