Panning with prosumer cameras
Posted 20 May 2002 - 05:53 PM
I am planning on doing a bit of this to try and capture the hammerheads and minimize the shutter lag.
Would love to heare your results, tips or ideas?
Posted 22 May 2002 - 07:17 PM
I'll make sure we save you a whale shark or two
Posted 23 May 2002 - 01:58 AM
I went to Cocos in June last year and it was without doubt the best diving I have ever done. I am very jealous of you.
It was my last trip with a film camera (MMII) before upgrading to digital. I have to say that my pictures were terrible. This is for a few reasons which make photography difficult there.
1) Overcast sky - the sky was overcast almost all the time we were there, leading to dark conditions underwater
2) Thermoclines - Expect to encounter these quite a lot. A real pain if trying to shoot through the shimmering.
3) Pesky Hammerheads - They really do hate the bubbles. Getting close (I was using a 16mm lens) is really hard so you have to take your chances. A rebreather really does help.
4) Currents - Some of the best photo oppurtunties were in currents so strong that you couldn't even look into the current without losing your mask. Take a pair of gloves or a reefhook (there is no coral to damage)
5) visibility - not always the best. A lot of hammer shots you can't get close enough so just turn off the strobes to avoid backscatter.
I am sure you will make a better job of it than me.
As regards panning - the hammerheads don't tend to move that fast so it shouldn't be too tricky. Now the blacktips and silkies can be a different matter.
I found one of the best shots (at Alycone) was to lie on your back and shoot up with the Hammers schooling above you for good silhouettes.
Anyway hope you have a great time.
Lighting: 2 x Ikelite DS-125, 2 x Manual controller
Posted 23 May 2002 - 02:59 AM
Thanks for the tips and pointers! I am not sure about whether I will do better than you, but I am guessing since you shot film on that trip, tha I will take more than you were able to! Maybe the law of averages will hold.
My Local dive shopr owner/photo pro is trying to get me to take a rebreather class on the way our there and do a couple of rebreather dives with him. Sounds intriguing, but I think I will focus on my digital camera. One new thing per trip tis enuff.
[Edited on 5-23-2002 by bobjarman]