May 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review



Winner: Volcano Macro by Dean Spraakman

Winning Video:

Only a few entries this month but all good and enjoyable films. I know well the investment of time it takes to make videos so it is always good to see entries. As each month passes, each film tells a story of either a journey or a location and gives a real feel for the fantastic places we are able to visit and enjoy our marine wildlife. Summer is on us now in the UK so for all of those who are not quite lucky enough to spend time abroad in tropical seas, don’t forget the rich diversity of life we have in our home waters. Have fun and good filming.

Let’s take a look at May’s entries:

Volcano Macro – Dean Spraakman

Watch Dean’s video here.

Lovely opening image with very good music and what an incredible selection of amazing critters to follow in the rest of the film. Good macro is not easy to achieve but you have done really well. Clean sharp and steady shots that were a pleasure to watch. The motion speed change for some of the animals has worked well. Lighting was good with some very creative and moody instances. Excellent. One thing I would have liked to have seen was a wide angle establishment shot or a short sequence of the underwater habitat where the critters were found.

Diving in Komodo Islands – Mervin T Thomas – The Adventure Studio

Watch Mervin’s video here.

Nice opening pre-dive sequence. Strange colour effect on the girl and people on the front of the boat thought. Was it deliberate? I can see why the trip could be life changing; what a superb place. I assume from the head title that you used the GoPro and I am guessing that you set the white balance on auto with the occasional use of a colour correction filter. This worked well most of the time but there were occasions where colour balance went adrift and became too red. If you aim to do more with the GoPro have a look at the Native (or RAW) settings and then correct colour values in editing. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how to do this.  Overall though a relaxing film to watch.

Ocean Born – Lorenz Fischer

Watch Lorenz’s video here.

Hi Lorenz. Not sure what is happening with playback but I have attached a screen shot of what happens when I try to look at your video. The message I get across the screen is ‘Playback on other websites has been disabled by the video owner’. I have tried several times but no joy. Would you like to submit it again for June’s contest?

And the Winner is….

My favourite video this month was Volcano Macro by Dean Spraakman. A great macro film, Dean – congratulations, and please do enter future competitions; I would love to see more of your videos.

Even if you didn’t win this month, please do look at the other films and my comments on each. It may help you next time.

I look forward to your entries in June – good luck to you all.’s June 2018 Underwater Video Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater videos here.

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

One Reply to “May 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review”

  1. Volcano macro video had some incredible creatures, hard to find and video. A lot of it was out of focus, but I guess it was included as we’d all like to see it nevertheless….. A real shame, but part of the deal. Still WOW.

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