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#406417 Cayman/Belize 2019 rookie underwater shots

Posted by troporobo on 20 May 2019 - 09:31 PM

Hi and thanks for sharing. You’ve got some pretty good shots for a rookie!

For Lightroom, I recommend starting with their series of LR Coffee Break videos. They give one-minute tips Oman a single topic that are a great way to start getting up to speed quickly. Other and longer Adobe videos then take you deeper. The web site Go Ask Erin is also good. All are on YouTube.

The shots you posted look highly saturated and a bit unnatural as a result. I’d go easy with those sliders. Keep having fun!

#406389 Anilao Philippines

Posted by troporobo on 19 May 2019 - 08:48 PM

Very nice shots, thanks for sharing

Do you remember the dive site where you saw the whale shark? We’ve only seen one there once, from the surface

#404024 What's more valuable, Autofocus vs resolving power?

Posted by troporobo on 06 March 2019 - 04:27 AM

Ouch.  The last thing I need is another $1000 solution.  Maybe I will try it behind the 150mm dome and report back . ..  .

#403969 do nudibranchs have a mating season?

Posted by troporobo on 04 March 2019 - 05:11 AM

So after nearly 15 years of the same dive sites, never seeing mating nudis, this past weekend they were literally everywhere.  We see eggs all the time, but until now no mating pairs.  I've searched but did not find any info on when they mate.  Is it moon phase, or tides, or just luck?


First up, mating nembrotha chamberlaini.  I was cursing my decision to rig for wide angle (until we came across a very cooperative hawksbill turtle)




Then a nudi that I don' know and cannot look up right now, and was not very cooperative:




What's the secret?



#403739 What's more valuable, Autofocus vs resolving power?

Posted by troporobo on 22 February 2019 - 05:21 PM

I'm also in the m4/3 camp, and have pretty much the same setup as Chris above.  It is fantastic.  I was just about to post the same point about print sizes but he beat me to it,  In short, 20 MP is more than enough.  And I find the fast autofocus essential when shooting super macro or using a diopter when there is even a slight current.


As for price, the savings on price and tax that you would enjoy in, say, Singapore (shoutout to Scubacam!) would more than pay for your air ticket to get there on your way to a dive holiday.

#403702 Rolling in the Deep - Dauin

Posted by troporobo on 21 February 2019 - 01:49 PM

Dustin - Fantastic work as always!  I'll have to watch it a bunch more times to absorb everything, but damn!  There are several sequences that made me say "wow" - the two yellow gobies in the bottle, the nudis mating with an emperor shrimp standing guard, the nudi laying eggs with a skeleton shrimp next door, and the jawfish with eggs popping up into the frame are all spectacular.  Did you somehow figure out a way to house a microscope for some of these shots?  Great stuff, thanks for sharing.  Robert

#402020 Philippines diving?

Posted by troporobo on 29 December 2018 - 02:41 PM

Yeah, the search function works.  Type Philippines and this is on the first page of results. It's got enough info by itself to get someone pointed in several useful directions. There are similar hits on every other page.



#401990 Philippines diving?

Posted by troporobo on 28 December 2018 - 02:54 PM

See that handy search bar at the top?  Use it and be rewarded.  There are 7 pages of results here for the Philippines, and similar volumes for Anilao, Dumaguete, Bohol, Malapascua, and Tubataha.  Go for it. 

#401143 Amazon Basics, Eneloops, or Eneloops Pro for YS-D2

Posted by troporobo on 25 November 2018 - 11:33 PM

I’ve been using the regular Eneloops forever and am very happy with them in strobes and dive lights. I’ve got a couple dozen AAs that are maybe 6-7 years old and still going strong after an average 50-60 dives a year.

I have read that the Amazon batteries are the same, so perhaps worth a try, but the price difference is small. I see no reason to use the Eneloop Pros for my casual diving.

#400297 Anilao - July 2018

Posted by troporobo on 22 October 2018 - 12:58 PM

Spectacular work, wow! The video is excellent and the sound is subtle and really completes the ambience. Thanks for sharing.

You made some great sequences. The anemonefish eggs are fantastic, as is Shawn the sheep. The tiny octopus in the bottle is an image I have not seen before. There are many others I love.

I have to know your macro setup. You didn’t get some of this with just the 60 mm lens!

#399464 Help: Strange circles in pictures

Posted by troporobo on 18 September 2018 - 05:29 PM

It might be a reflection, but the banding suggests to me that it could also be an artifact of post processing. I see this sometimes when applying extreme corrections like a lot of contrast and color correction to a lower resolution JPEG file. Were you working with a RAW file or JPEG?

I also see what looks like sensor dust at the lower left.

#399221 Bifocal dive mask and Aquatic Optics

Posted by troporobo on 10 September 2018 - 12:36 AM

I'm on my second Sea Vision bifocal mask (after a prescription change) and have been thoroughly satisfied with both.  They replace the lens entirely, there's no additional "bonded" lens.  I'd buy from them again without hesitation. 

#398503 Strobes for Olympus E-M5 II?

Posted by troporobo on 19 August 2018 - 01:27 PM

I have used Inon S-2000 (primarily for macro) and Inon Z-240 (for everything) with my Olympus cameras and they work flawlessly every time. The sTTL function is so good and apparently so compatible with the Olympus flash routines that I rarely switched to manual strobe settings. If I get the upgrade bug (though I see no reason currently) or if my Z-240s ever die, I will switch to the new Z-330 strobes. 

#397930 packing and transporting my rig

Posted by troporobo on 29 July 2018 - 02:27 PM

I tried various combinations and didn't find that separating the port from the housing worked any better. Maybe it wouldn't work as well with a larger DSLR housing. I guess that is one advantage of a m4/3 system.


I got the ThinkTank dividers and lid organizer, mainly because I couldn't try the Pelican Trek Pak dividers in person and was a bit sceptical that they would bend as I wanted to accommodate the housing and dome port as shown.  The lid organizer is excellent, much nicer than the Pelican mesh version, and will hold a laptop or tablet:



#397663 Best photographer diving near Manila (or easy to get to from there)?

Posted by troporobo on 23 July 2018 - 05:36 AM

I can second the recommendation for Alona / Balicasag at Bohol - it's one of my favorite destinations - for more turtles than you have ever seen on a dive and a good chance of schooling pelagics and the occasional pod of dolphins. Plus the best beach in the Philippines is Alona, never mind what they say about Boracay.  Bohol Beach Club is a very nice resort and there are many other good choices. 


However there is the caveat that it will take all day to get there from Anilao. You'd have to allow 4 hours to be safe (though it might be 2.5 hours) for the drive from Anilao to Manila airport, 2 hours for check-in, an hour flight, and an hour to collect baggage and transfer to one of the resorts.  It's pretty tough to make anything happen before 0800 anywhere here, so your earliest arrival would be 1600 subject to flights. Currently the last flight of the day is at 1400.  Maybe a night dive is possible the same day if arranged in advance.  Or you could leave Anilao in the afternoon - in which case a 4 hour drive is guaranteed - then stay near the airport and get the 0700 or 0800 flight the next day, allowing a half day of diving in the afternoon. 


Frankly, my advice would be to relax and allow some down time, with something interesting to do on land during a transit.  More often than not, things do not go to plan around this country, like most developing countries in Asia and elsewhere, especially so the further you get from the big cities.  If your happiness depends on clockwork logistics the probability of frustration is close to 1. But if you allow some space for serendipity, it may well find you!