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Filefish Photo forgettable

14 July 2017 - 10:22 AM

Planhead Filefish

Destin, FL

TG-4, UWL-04, YS-03, YS-D2

light amount of post-processing (color correction and cropping)


During the dive I felt I nailed the shot when I took it; the filefish gave a decent angle as I was slowly moving into position.  When I first reviewed I was pretty excited, it was sharp, clear and had good color.  But quickly, other shots from the day usurped it as more memorable or interesting. 


It could be too closely cropped with too dark a background, not a dramatic enough upward angle, or perhaps just the scenery and subject are themselves forgettable.  It just doesn't seem to go beyond a good "fish id" shot.  All comments and feedback welcome.





Ok shot... but can't put my finger on why it's not great

20 October 2016 - 03:57 PM


Gulf of Mexico, North Florida

Olympus TG-4, YS-03, UWL-04


I was pretty happy with the shot at first, the colors came out well, but the longer I looked at it the more I realized it just didn't quite "pop" as much as I hoped it would.  I don't know if it's that it isn't as sharp as it could be, or if the low light at depth (75ft) in the gulf without using a focus light was the problem or if it doesn't have enough depth.  I was within 1-2 ft of the subject and got as low an angle as possible, also maybe with a single ys-03 at that depth I just don't have enough light.


It's not bad, and considering my gear and being new to uw photography it's probably about what to expect but it would be nice to know why it falls short of being great for future shots.


Thanks for critiques.



Feedback on camera gear upgrades

22 August 2016 - 10:30 AM

My current setup is an olympus tg-4 in the pt-056 housing with the uwl-04 WAL and a single ys-03 strobe on a flex arm.


I like shooting WAL (CFWA) but do occasional shoot macro/portraits of subjects.  It's time for a second strobe I think to get some more light into my wide angle scenes (and more even lighting) also I want to upgrade to the idas tr-03 tray, handles and arms.  There are other arm options called "light weight arms" that are just a solid piece instead of honeycomb looking, does anyone know any advantage of the idas arms?


I'm also now thinking of just adding a second ys-03 strobe instead of a ys-d2.  Down the road, I never see myself going into a dslr setup, about the only camera upgrade I may consider in the future is a sony rx100 iv with nauticam housing.  This will give me a considerable larger sensor size than my tg-4 and more megapixels but I can retain my UWL-04 lens and ys-03s.


Thoughts on going with two ys-03s versus something like a ys-d2?