Posted 06 October 2005 - 05:39 AM
One think that is very tue. SPLIT LEVELS - The magic filtyer is exelent to do this job. Due the weater contitions and my small dome I have not great photos to show you but believe me... Its work great
Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:28 AM
Of course, the flexibility that Mike reports is great news. It means that you can use and Magic Filter on your dive and if you happen to surface to see the most beautiful split level photo opportunity then you can snap it knowing it will be fine.
But when I get in the water specifically to shoot split levels then I wouldn't use a filter.
Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:41 AM
What I have see on split levels and Magic filter is that if you have the camera faced lite down and you have a reef that is goint to 10-15 meters deep you get more colors on the bottom of the reef with magic filter.
Posted 02 November 2005 - 09:42 AM
I liked having no strobes on my rig, but I was unused to having to WB before each shot. To find the right conditions to use this filter optimally requires a different WA mindset than I usually have, so it was an adjustment.
I'm intrigued with Mike's mixed usage with the filter and strobes, and I think that might work better for me, so that I can choose the right technique for each shot.
And on a completely different tangent, I had taken my camera out of the housing to make some settings changes in the menu, and was walking on the beach back to the camera room from my bungalow in the evening when I saw the most awesome sunset. As I whipped the camera up to take some photos, I remembered that I had the Magic filter on, and the WB was still set to the last setting from my earlier dive. Ah well, I thought, but then I rather liked how it turned out:
Perhaps there's a future for Magic with land photographers??
Equipment: D2X, Sigma 15mm FE, Subal ND2 (except for sunset), white plastic tupperware lid for WB setting
Posted 02 November 2005 - 10:23 AM
I hadn't thought about using the magic filter for sunsets. It certainly works pretty well.
This is the real reward for me with this filter, seeing other photographers producing fantastic results with it - as using it ways I never imagined (like sunsets).
Thank you for sharing these,
Posted 08 November 2005 - 05:55 AM
The URL is still: http://www.magic-filters.com/
There is quite a bit more info on the new site about how to shoot with the filters in the TIPS section.
Posted 27 November 2005 - 01:37 PM
The shots where taken with P&S camera (canon S50), I had to cut the filter to the dimensions of the inner side of the small Canon housing's port.
Dept of 6-7 meters:
Photo taken by my wife at dept of 4-5 meters:
Posted 29 November 2005 - 07:52 AM
This was taken at 7-8 meters using the 77mm filter between lens and screw-on UV filter (at 17mm with a 17-40mm lens).
BTW, I found re-setting WB at various depths (in strong current) a real hassle. Do I understand correctly that if I'm shooting RAW, I can forget about that, just leaving the camera on AWB (or my usual setting of 5200) and then "fixing" it later in CS2? If that's the case, it would make using the Magic Filter WAY easier and more fun to use...
Lumix GX8 in Nauticam, Canon 5DMkII in Aquatica, 1DsMkII in Seacam, G15 in RecSea...Inon Z240's...too many lenses
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damned fool about it." WC Fields
Posted 29 November 2005 - 08:04 AM
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 29 November 2005 - 08:35 AM
Posted 30 November 2005 - 04:32 AM
As James says, if you shoot RAW then there is no need to set WB underwater. But setting WB underwater can be a big help as if allows you to see what the finished image will look like and may mean you change the composition/framing.