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#1 troporobo


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:17 AM

On my last dive weekend, I somehow managed to forget to pack the tray and handles for my housing.  I had the strobes, and arms, but no way to attach them.  (In flaccid defence, I had arrived back in country after midnight and had to be in the car at zero dark thirty the same morning).  Of course I discovered this while setting up on site.  So there was nothing to do other than improvise.


I was able to jury-rig one strobe to the cold shoe in place of my normal focus light, right above the port with no possibility of adjustment. I am used to the flexibility of shooting with two strobes on multiple arms so was really not sure how to make this work, and sure the backscatter would be terminal.  


Here are the best examples from those dives.  I was stunned to get clean black backgrounds (except the fire goby which took a fair bit of spot removal) and much more 3D light than I am used to getting.  I think when I rigged the strobe to the housing I must have pointed it in just the right way to barely edge-light macro subjects.  Conclusion: I normally use too much light and don't think carefully enough about controlling it.  


Anyway I'm happy with these shots and will work more at incorporating this lesson even when I remember all the bits and pieces!













#2 Nicool


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 02:35 PM

Nice shots! So one single strobe attached to the hot shoe without arm, meaning your only flexibility was the one provided by the clamp?

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 03:43 PM

Not quite.  I didn't have a ball adapter for the cold shoe, only a YS style adapter like this one, so no clamp and the strobe was directly on top of the port, pointed more or less straight ahead. 



Anyway, glad you liked the results!

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 12:42 AM

Very nice! I like the Christmas tree worm. As someone who only dabbles in macro occasionally, I get much better results with one strobe. I usually position it out to the side to get a few shadows and rarely feel the need to turn the second one on.

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:43 PM

I am impressed!  Next time I will copy your example and try just one strobe for macro.  Thank you for posting.

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 04:25 AM

A difference between school and real life.


In school, first we get the lesson then we get the test.

Usually in life, first we get the test then we get the lesson.

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 02:24 PM

Very nicely said!