VLOG: We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

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NOTE: All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

We advice to all persons that undertook our Marine Wildlife Videography Online Course to regularly consult these Vlog articles as they contain valuable information regarding filming techniques and filming hacks. 

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  • Olivier - Beyond Scuba

Subject: Mantis Shrimp may be the least understood of all crustaceans. Unlike their name suggests they are not really shrimp but Stomatopods (shrimp have 5 pairs of walking legs, Stomatopods have only 3 pairs). There are four distinctive groups that are determined by the type of claws they possess; spearers, smashers, hatchets and spike smashers. These crustaceans have the most complex eyesight and visual system in the animal kingdom. This gives them an advantage when hunting. It also helps to spot potential danger and to avoid becoming prey themselves.

Technique: To make the critter stand out I slightly blurred the background. To accentuate the motion of the animals’ legs a rainmaker’s sound was added to the music.

Subject: Juveniles of the Mauritian Anemonefish are orange coloured with white bars. At a later stage in life they change colour depending on their host anemone. When the individual lives in a Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica) like in this clip the orange of the body (not their fins) starts darkening to brown. When the fish sets out to live in a Carpet Anemone (Genus Stichodactyla) the orange body changes into black.

Technique: Music and sounds are important in film. Seemingly happy moving fish are best accompanied by a happy and joyful tune. We also added a matching sound when the anemone fish pinches one of the anemone’s tentacles.

  • Olivier - Beyond Scuba

Subject: The Slow Dragonet (Calliuonymus aagilis) is endemic to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. It is extremely rare. Before 2013 it has never even been observed in its natural habitat. The white spots on its flanks and the honeycomb pattern on the cheeks and snout characterise this sand-dwelling species.

Technique: With the fish being almost invisible against its background this image had its share of challenges. Therefor I opted to make the image crispier by increasing the contrast a bit. A subtle vignette draws the eye to the center where the animal is.