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twin morays, solo shrimp - comments?

11 November 2018 - 01:14 PM

I haven't posted images in a while and am feeling a bit stuck with my usual subjects and technique, so here are two from my most recent dives.  Comments on new ways to shoot these subjects would be most welcome. 


These two white eyed morays did not seem too happy to be sharing a crevice. In fact, I rarely see morays sharing a spot. The slightly smaller one kept twisting around and nipping at the bigger one then they would wrestle a bit almost like kittens play-fighting. The lighting is a bit harsh, as I couldn't find a way to get my right side strobe around the obstructing bit of reef.  Maybe I should have brought the left side strobe up and closer to the top of the port?




This wire coral shrimp presented a promising composition as it was nestled into a loop of the coral. Again I could not move the strobes to eliminate the shadow on the subject due to space constraints. Also I should have left more space to crop and rotate!  




These both feel like cases where a single strobe more or less centered and up a bit higher might have produced better results, at the risk of harsher shadows.  As an aside, I find it challenging sometimes to position my relatively new Z-240 strobes for macro and really miss the tiny S-2000 strobes that I should not have sold!


Sale or trade: Nauticam flip diopter holder

16 August 2018 - 09:47 PM

I recently changed ports and now need a different flip diopter holder.  I am open to sale or trade.


I have the holder for M77 ports, part # 25103, for sale ($200 including shipping in the US) or trade:




I need the holder for M67 ports, part # 25101, that I would like to acquire by trade or purchase: 




Can anyone help me out?



Olympus E-M5 + Nauticam +++

02 May 2018 - 09:35 PM

Olympus / Nauticam System


This is a do-it-all underwater camera system capable of making great images. Go from wide angle to portrait to 1:1 macro on the same dive. All gear has been professionally maintained. Original accessories, manuals, and packaging included. Detailed photos available on request.


Sample photos taken with this system are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskX8Tc22


I prefer to sell the package, but will split up once housing sells.


I am based in the Philippines and willing to ship internationally if buyer splits the cost.  For US and Canada buyers, I can ship from San Diego when I am there in June.  


Camera / Lens:


Olympus OM-D E-M5, perfect operational condition, small blemishes on the top plate, about 15,000 clicks (rated for 100,000 shutter actuations). Includes flash and one original Olympus battery and four aftermarket Progo batteries, plus two chargers. 
(New price $1200, sale price $300)


Olympus m.Zuiko 12-50mm f3.5-f6.3 zoom lens with macro feature. 
(New price $300, sale price $150)


Housing and accessories: 

Nauticam NA-EM5 aluminum housing, perfect condition, completely serviced in late 2017 with all new o-rings on all buttons and switches. 
(New price $1400, sale price $700)


Nauticam tray, L/R handles, ball joints. 
(New price $250, sale price $120)


Vivid Leak Sentinel vacuum system with valve, electronics, and pump. 
(New price $200, sale price $100)



Nauticam port and zoom gear, allows access to the e-zoom and the macro switch. 
(New price $800, sale price $400)


Package price:


$1600 (10% discount off individual sale prices)




Buy the complete package and get FREE:


Olympus m.Zuiko 12-42mm EZ zoom lens. 
(new price $150)


Olympus HLD-6 battery grip
(new price $180)

















How do you shoot a black hole?

18 February 2018 - 12:14 AM

I found a very small black hairy frogfish recently but, despite working on it for a while, struggled to get a decent image.  How the heck do you shoot something that absorbs all light while it is sitting on a bright reflective sandy bottom?!


As shown, I eventually settled on using one strobe high and to the left to try to get a little relief from the lighting, but it was only partly successful.  Standard macro front lighting produced an unrecognizable blob as it just washed out all the texture. I wanted to also try backlighting, but was in less than 2 m of water, fighting the surge with nothing to brace against, and just couldn't get a good stable position. 


I'd love some tips for the next time I get this opportunity.