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#1 bobjarman


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Posted 20 May 2002 - 05:53 PM

As I get ready for my Coco's trip I wonder if anyone has any experience with prefocusing and panning with a G2 or similar camera.

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?



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Posted 22 May 2002 - 06:48 PM

When are you going to Cocos? I'm going at the end of July:D
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Posted 22 May 2002 - 07:17 PM

July 8-19. Yipeee!!!!!

I'll make sure we save you a whale shark or two :P

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Posted 23 May 2002 - 01:58 AM

Hey Bob,

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. :P

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.

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Posted 23 May 2002 - 02:59 AM

Awesome Mark, I remember a bit of those types of conditions from my trip to Galapagos. That trip was just like yours. I had a mmII, it was my first time with a camera, and you can only imagine how badly nearly every pic stunk. :P

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.

Be well


[Edited on 5-23-2002 by bobjarman]