Welcome to Wetpixel. I noticed in your last picture, an interesting battery configuration. What are you running (are they the std baterry pods with tape on them?)?
Thanks for the welcome Shawn.
I've been following and posting on WP for a while now, after I came back from Palau several months ago. I was there working as a pro uw videographer with Mark (Thorpe). I'm actually one of his contact persons here in California, for whenever he needs to get stuff for his current rig (say through B&H, Gates, RED, etc. ).
I love WP, there's so much knowledge around here, and it's nice to be among colleagues. You guys are great!
Re: my battery configurations for my new Bluefin HD, well those are the pods that I used to have on my Bluefin 900. They fit perfectly under the new Bluefin HD housing; I have the front part of he pods flush with the front of the housing, this way the pods' blukheads are a bit recessed from the back of the housing. (I never use the handles's light buttons anyway, so it's not a problem for me not to have the pods flush with the back of the housing).
Re: the tape, yes, I always put a bit of duct tape on the pods' front, for extra safety; I also do the same for the latches that hold the back plate of the housing in place. L&M says they're safe, but I want it safe-ER. I often dive California waters, and the last thing I need is for some kelp to get snagged around the the pods' or back plate's latches.. and there goes the housing (and cam!).
Also, you never know when you pass the rig on to some absent-minded divemaster on a boat, they just grab onto whatever comes first...
So I've used this little tape trick in the past 6 years, and I've never, ever flooded a housing or lights so for. Of course, I know I'm overdue... hehe :-)
Oh hey Shawn, I've a question for you and the other folks using the Bluefin HD. I shoot a lot of macro, and with my previous rig (PD100 in a Bluefin 900) due to its much smaller size it was relatively easy to do, even super macro when using a tripod. I actually made one myself using bendable arms, with Locline materials, same as those used to hold the l&M lights, following Steven Fish's advice.
I tried to use the same tripod with my new rig, but as I expected given its much larger size, when I'm shooting in even minor surge, it's a bit tricky because the bulkiness of the housing makes it prone to movements back/forth or side to side, even with the tripod in place. I may need to add extra weights to the legs of the tripod or something. Right now my rig is a bout 2 lbs negative, may make it a bit more negative so it stays down better.
Any suggestions on tripods for this new baby?
Btw, I've looked at the new tripod by Gates; it seems nice an solid, however it may need to have a few pounds added to it; and those articulated legs/feet take a while to be repositioned (unlike my Locline bendable arms on my tripod, which can be repositioned in a flash). Plus it may be tricky to mount on our Bluefins ( I have the Blufin HD tripod mount, that can be secured in the grove between the battery pods, but the Gates tripod can't really be screwed into this mount, unless one starts modifying things..)
I wonder if we should start a separate "tripod" topic for this question, what do you and other people (Mark, Mike, Steve, Wagsy, Nick, Dan, etc.) think?
Edited by nickdiver, 27 November 2006 - 02:32 PM.