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#341769 South Africa white shark cage diving?

Posted by pdemaagt on 12 January 2014 - 05:04 AM

Hi David,

I went a couple of times with shark diving unlimited.


They operate from Gansbaai. I would definitely recommend Gansbaai over Simonstown if the only thing that you want to see are Great whites.

Of you also want to dive (without a cage) with the sevengills, I think SImonstown is fantastic. In that case i would recommend shark explorers



#333995 shooting in merky water

Posted by pdemaagt on 08 July 2013 - 01:48 AM

this sound to me as reasonable viz :-))) I would definitely bring the strobes. The key to getting good shots in merky water is to get as close as possible and make sure that you strobes do not light up the particles in between. Maybe point them outwards a little and pull them back behind the camera a bit.

I don't know how much light you have over there, but I would start with a shutter speed of 1/60th.

#326368 Cardinal Fish with Eggs

Posted by pdemaagt on 20 February 2013 - 05:18 AM


#324093 New rig feedback requested.

Posted by pdemaagt on 08 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

Next time you are in the water with this new setup, try this (from Martin Edge's book) to help you get a sense of what setting to start with for getting the blues you want in the background. Using wide anlge setup and no strobes, pick a spot and shoot into the blue water different f stops and shutter speeds. Keep going until you get the type of blue you like. Make a note of what f stop and shutter speed you like best. Then use this as a starting place when you add your strobes to fill in the foreground. It really does help to try this exercise - and it can help give you a sense of how ambient light can work with your strobes to fill in the main focus of your picture. I was having a horrible time of lighting my wide angles stuff until I worked on this piece and understood how I wanted the blues to look.

Happy shooting. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff - DiverPam

Hi Pam,
that is a very nice piece of advice!

#318413 Tigers and Lemon shark images revised

Posted by pdemaagt on 15 October 2012 - 01:24 AM

Thanks all Posted Image

Hi Tom, thanks Posted Image sorry forgot to add, this one is a composite, I added the tiger, you may recognise it from another shot

Hi Paul,
still like it though!! Very nice.

#317700 Malteasers...

Posted by pdemaagt on 03 October 2012 - 04:22 AM

I like the second image. What was the visibility like?