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#1 tomeyer

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:57 AM

I have recently joined up for the first week of the wetpixel trip to Isla Mujeres, and I am totally excited as I have never seen a whale shark before. Any advice regarding photo equipment or other(behavior in the water, miscellaneous equipment, etc) from those who have been would be greatly appreciated. Do I bring strobes? If they can be left at home that would be great because it would be nice not having to lug them around for once. Would a magic filter be useful? My current setup is a Nikon D200 in a sea & sea housing with ys-110a strobes and Tokina 10-17 lens. I look forward to meeting fellow Wetpixel members on this trip. Thanks!

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:21 PM

no strobes, no filters

10-17 will be great

The rest they will explain when you get there. It will be a great experience.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:38 PM

Agree with George. No magic filter needed either - mostly you are at the surface. You will have so many whale sharks all over you, just point and shoot.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:04 PM

Hi Tom,

Also bring a big memory card. It can be a long day on the water and the potential to take a lot of photos. 8GB would be OK, 16GB better.

See you in Mexico.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:26 AM

I have recently joined up for the first week of the wetpixel trip to Isla Mujeres, and I am totally excited as I have never seen a whale shark before. Any advice regarding photo equipment or other(behavior in the water, miscellaneous equipment, etc) from those who have been would be greatly appreciated. Do I bring strobes? If they can be left at home that would be great because it would be nice not having to lug them around for once. Would a magic filter be useful? My current setup is a Nikon D200 in a sea & sea housing with ys-110a strobes and Tokina 10-17 lens. I look forward to meeting fellow Wetpixel members on this trip. Thanks!

Tom


Maybe you can take a WA rectilinear lens for a different taste (and flat surface) or even a 60mm (better with a strobe...) or a 17-70mm for portraits etc...
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:20 AM

Maybe you can take a WA rectilinear lens for a different taste (and flat surface) or even a 60mm (better with a strobe...) or a 17-70mm for portraits etc...

Don't think they allow strobes.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:58 AM

Don't think they allow strobes.


Oh no they didn't?!?

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:48 PM

Oh no they didn't?!?



No Strobes allowed with the whale sharks. I shoot them from June - Sept , ambient light only. 10 - 17 is great , get close and take lots of photos, the vis is usually great around isla mujares. Have fun.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:00 AM

Thanks for the advice everybody, I can understand why a larger card will be needed and will be sure to pack the 60. No problem with not being able to use strobes, they would just get in the way.


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Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:08 AM

Thanks for this post. I would love to visit this island in the future. And take lovely photographs of it

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:11 AM

Never heard of strobes not being allowed somewhere but not being a photographer it never confronted me. Would that rule apply to a videographers lights as well?
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:14 AM

Would a 100mm dome well on this trip or is the 200mm better suited?