November 2017 Video Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND RESIDENT UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERT JEFF GOODMAN

Winner: Mediterranean Slow by Lutfu Tanriover

Winning Video:

Well done everyone for your entries into November’s contest. All very good films with a variety of styles and techniques. It’s a real pleasure to see these videos reflecting the wonderful diverse marine wildlife from around the world. Videos of the standard entered over this last year have clearly shown the time and patience given by all.

Let’s take a look at November’s entries:

Bahamas Sharks – Sealife DC2000 – Henry Hall

Watch Henry’s video here.

Not a great fan of feeding stations for tourism but having said that I thought the video was very nicely shot. Good clear steady images with nice colour balance. The editing was also good, with attention paid to cutting transition points to the pace of the music. Also liked the information subtitles. Great.

A little mix from my previous dives on Koh Tao – Istvan Zoboki

Watch Istvan’s video here.

Love the aerial opening shots. Drones seem to be becoming a standard part of the kit now days. Excellent underwater shots, all well filmed and great quality. The variety of wide angle and macro was very good. The whale shark was particularly spectacular, as was the closing jellyfish.

HTMS Sattakut wreck – Istvan Zoboki

Watch Istvan’s video here.

Dramatic opening music which created a great sense of expectation for the coming shots. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. The images that followed were quite normal. Nice, but normal. However, the following shots of the wreck were very good. Black and white was an interesting choice though. All in all it didn’t quite work for me. The use of black and white should have purpose; it needs to emphasise a feeling or statement, and needs to do that in a powerful way.  It was a good idea but just needs a bit more thought.

Mediterranean Slow – Lutfu Tanriover

Watch Lutfu’s video here.

Underwater slow motion is an interesting concept where generally many things are slowish anyway. But it actually works really well, especially with the larger animals where it adds a wonderful feeling of power and grace. The Music was a good choice and complimented the action well. The octopus was lovely and the ray out of the sand was quite spectacular. The ctenophora (hope that’s right) at the end was out of place and perhaps should have been taken right out of the video as the ray would have been the perfect ending.

Barracudas Of Malgrats – Kiril Ivanov

Watch Kiril’s video here.

That was nice. I do like short single species videos. It means that you have spent some time with them and looked to tell their story. Very nice images with some lovely close ups. The music was just right. The length for an images only video was good. If it had been any longer then I would have liked to see some information about the Barracudas either as subtitles or narration.

And the Winner is….

The winner this month is Mediterranean Slow by Lutfu Tanriover which held my attention throughout as well as giving me the feeling that I need to get into the water again soon.

Well done to you all. Looking forward to seeing your entries for December!

Scubaverse.com’s December 2017 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 Scubaverse.com. 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.

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