This is a short video I put together with images and video clips from the waters around Ambon in the Maluku province of Indonesia.

Ambon is home to the recently described Maluku frogfish (Histiophryne psycheledica) and many other amazing animals that live in the waters around the island. The marine life featured in this video represent just a small fraction of the weird and wonderful critters I came across in the area.

In case you're interested, I took the photos and video over the course of three separate visits to Ambon, using Canon 40D, 7D, 5D and 5D Mark II cameras in Zillion housings.

I used a Totomega insect eye lens for the unique perspective in the wide-angle macro footage. Three SOLA 600 lights and a FIX LED1000DX provided the illumination for the video clips.

And finally, Michael (full name, Erenst Michael Puturuhu) was kind enough to sing Panggayo, a traditional song of the Maluku area, for the background music to this video.

I used a Zoom H4n to record his terrific guitar skills and singing voice in a makeshift studio, i.e., one of the cabins at the Maluku Divers resort.

If you visit Ambon and dive with Maluku Divers, there's a good chance Michael will be the guy who picks you up at the airport!

If you're interested, I set out an overview of the workflow I used to edit this:

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