Introductions (original thread, now closed)
Posted 09 February 2003 - 01:39 AM
Posted 09 February 2003 - 07:36 PM
I have been diving for 18 years and have only very briefly dabbled in U/W photography. I have been lucky enough to dive a fair bit of the South Pacific and South East Asia and lived and instructed at a dive resort in the Philippines for 6 months.
I have a Nikonos V 35mm and 75mm lens with dual Isotta Strobes which I want to upgrade to digital, hopefully.
Posted 10 February 2003 - 11:00 AM
Alright, a little about me... During the daytime, I work in computers at a large insurance company. As fun as it is, this just serves to finance my other interests. I live in Central Florida and am lucky enough to dive about every other weekend, year 'round. I've been diving for 24 years and am currently a non-working PADI Divemaster.
I started taking land-based photos over 20 years ago but didn't really take it seriously until about 7 years ago, during my first Caribbean vacation. I've been lucky enough to dive in Hawaii, California, a freakin' cold mountain lake in South Dakota, rivers, lakes, and springs in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida, an abandoned lead mine in Missouri, the Gulf side and the Atlantic side of Florida (100s of times), the Keys, three trips to the Bahamas, two to Roatan, and once each to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Curacao.
Also, I'm a graduate of the Stephen Frink Underwater Photography School. Stephen is one of the most published underwater photographers in the world and I was fortunate to get into his always-sold-out class. As would be expected, the quality of my photos has improved dramatically since then and I formed John Easley Photography.
Some of my photos have been published in two different dive magazines, one has been reproduced as a water color and is hanging in a local gallery, another has been made into a postcard, and several others were made into a calendar. Some of my photos have appeared on t-shirts, a half dozen of them are in use by the Florida Wildlife Commission in a traveling presentation, a bunch have been used on various websites including Ikelite, and an entire batch are currently on loan to a local art museum where they are considering sponsoring an exhibition of my work. I set up a display booth in six or seven art shows per year and sell my photos on a website at www.johneasley.com. I have been invited to group and club meetings as the keynote speaker to give underwater photography presentations and receive, on average, about two e-mails every week from someone new asking for advice or assistance with underwater photography or related equipment.
Equipmentwise... I went the entire gamut from disposable underwater cameras (which, despite what anyone says, WILL flood at 78 feet and ruin all of the photos from a trip), to an Epoque 100, to an MX10, then into digital. At first, I housed a Nikon CoolPix 800 in an Ikelite housing with a DS50 strobe. Later, that was replaced with an Olympus C4040 in an Ikelite housing with twin DS50 strobes. Last fall, the Olympus gave way to the Fuji S2 Pro digital SLR, which is housed in an Ikelite case and has twin sync-corded DS125s. The Fuji is outfitted with a Nikon 18-35mm wide-angle zoom lens behind a 6 inch dome port for wide-angle and fish portraiture work. For close up work, I opted for the Nikon 60mm macro lens which sits behind a flat port and has the pop-on Woody's Diopter (about +3)on the outside. So far, the rig is working pretty well.
Now, all that being said... I am continually learning things from the stream of chatter on these forums. Eric should be commended for giving us this home away from home... which we sometimes look at while actually at home, which would make it a home at home. Anyway, thanks Eric.
Posted 13 February 2003 - 03:54 PM
Got into reading Clive Cussler novels a few years ago and was curious about some of Dirk Pitt's Gear (the Doxa Dive watch and some of his knives). Finally stopped into the local dive shop I had passed by for years on my way back from looking at a project with my wife. Went into the store looking for the Doxa and maybe a cool knife. Never had any intention on scuba diving, ever. The young man who was on the floor was showing me some of the gear for scuba and said, "Hey, why don't you and your wife come to the pool tomorrow night for a Discover Scuba and try it? It cost about the same as dinner and a movie and who knows?" Amazing how insidious these diseases can be. Finding their way in on the thinnest most innocent thread. Just when your looking down at the cute puppy... WHAM!!! It nails you.
Well, to make a long story a bit longer, on the way home we called them back and said sign us up!! The rest is history. My wife and I did the DS in July 2000, I did my OW in Aug. 2000, did AOW in Sept - Oct. 2000, then Rescue...you get the idea. I stopped at DM and after a couple years I am due to do my IDC to spread the disease!!! :ph34r:
Then this Camera thing!! After diving in Bonaire in last month with the venerable MX-10, I had finally had it with point and surprise!! I decided digital would be it!! New disease.... Currently choosing between the D100 and S2 + housings, etc.
I have been a member at Digital Diver for about a month and have learned a bunch from those great people. Am here to do the same and shortly be able to post my own Digital masterpieces!!
P.S. Has anyone ever seen a Doxa dive watch? (never got around to finding one...)
Posted 13 February 2003 - 04:01 PM
I think Markh may well have a Doxa dive watch... Dirk taught him everything!
I like very much your 'Klingon Camera' with cloaking device, sure will fool those pesky fish types!
Posted 13 February 2003 - 04:06 PM
In the future, can you please size your images down to below 640 pixels or so? (horizontally) I'm going to edit your pst down so the rest of the messages here aren't pulled out so far.
Posted 13 February 2003 - 04:26 PM
Thanks for the welcome!!
Posted 13 February 2003 - 05:06 PM
p.s. if anyone has a good starter setup for sale or suggestions on buying some photo equipment, i'd appreciate it.
Posted 15 February 2003 - 07:48 AM
I'm Kevin from just outside Dover in the not so sunny UK and am an IT Project Manager.
Once an 'every weekend' UK diver my work commitments are such that I tend only to be able to dive when on holiday nowadays . Still, maybe this year....
Wherever possible I drag my Inspiration CCR along with me to supplement the Tetra housed Olympus 4040z and Sea and Sea strobes which I've had for about 10 months/three dive trips with varying but, I think, improving results.
Posted 15 February 2003 - 01:54 PM
Thanks, looks like you get around.
Welcome to another Brit.
Should I infer from your group that there are abnormal moderators around here?
Posted 15 February 2003 - 03:08 PM
What you will discover is a great bunch of people who will be able to shorten that learning curve dramatically through good advice, critique and inspiration - no pun intended!!!
Posted 18 February 2003 - 02:01 PM
Big Al here from Shark Diver Mag! You've got a great forum Eric. I hope to learn more as I interact with your forum members.
Posted 18 February 2003 - 09:02 PM
My name is Jim Abernethy and I am new to this forum. I operate three local dive charter boats in Palm Beach, Florida and one liveaboard dive vessel in the Bahamas. I shoot roughly six days a week with a digital sony trv-900 video camera in an Aqua Video housing with two large lights or a Canon d-60 still camera in a sea & sea housing with two strobes. On my days off I usually fly with a photographer in a flying inflatable boat in search of aerial marine animal images! We just started using the still camera underwater so my wife and I still have a lot to learn! I am really looking forward to learning more about what we love (images) from all of you. Presently I have "hired" Eric Cheng to teach my wife and me about digital imaging and web design. Immediately I ran into a problem that I am sure many of you have experienced with your computers. However, I was experiencing it with my brain. I was attempting to download massive gigabytes of information from Eric during our classes, when I quickly discovered that my processer was incredibly slow, my connection wasn't any where near fast enough and my hard drive was definitely way to small for that much data. For those of you that know Eric personally, I am sure you know exactly what I mean!
Posted 19 February 2003 - 01:19 AM
Im 28 years old, living in Frankfurt, Germany an Dive for 1 1/2 years now. I started taking UW Pic right at my second divetrip. I photpgraph a lot "over water too". At the moment I use a S40 with a WP-DC 300 Housing and Im' going to order a DS125 in the next days (i'm off to Egypt in March : -) ) . Since yesterday I'm the proud owner of a Canon D60, but I don'Ät have a housing yet and will not buy one before my trip in march.
I'm working as a freelanced IT-Consultant.
Posted 19 February 2003 - 06:47 AM
You got that right! The first thing I learned from Eric was
Welcome to Wetpixel y'all.
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 19 February 2003 - 06:54 AM
For those who also don't know Jim's love of diving and marine animals is infectious. This guys just plain loves to dive and do what he does. He is an inspiration!
Glad to see you here.
all photographs posted © Todd C Mintz
Posted 27 February 2003 - 02:44 AM
Have just started scuba diving, when I was visiting the Seychelles just recently and now booking courses back in sunny Norwich, England. Am studying for a degree in Business and Computing at the moment, after a career change from working in a classic car restoration garage, specialising in VW beetles, campers and old porkers. I did custom paintwork and performance engine building.
Have an avid enthusiasm in digital photograpy, have a fujifilm finepix6900z for a while now, and considering an upgrade for underwater photography...all in time!
Hmmnn...that's it I guess..
Posted 27 February 2003 - 10:47 AM
I am new to this site and I have been reading all the different posts and threads. I like it. Great site. I think I will learn a thing or two. . . I need to learn alot.
I own a Olympus C4040, PT-010 housing and just recently purchased an Ikelite DS-50 strobe. I have used the camera without the strobe for 3 dive trips and I must say that I love this camera. My old setup was a MX-10 with strobe and I am enjoying this setup much more. Next month I get to use my strobe for the first time.
I only have a few years experience with underwater photography so this site should help me iron out some of the kinks. I have already found answers to some of the questions I had.
Thanks for sharing,
Posted 11 March 2003 - 06:40 PM
My name is Chris Joens and I currently live in Colorado Springs, CO. I am 21 and in the Air Force. I have only been diving for about a year but I have been moving along quite quickly. I am currently a master diver and I will be upgrading to instructor in April. I will be teaching open water, advanced, rescue diver, and eventually nitrox and masters.
I am in the US Air Force Academy SCUBA club and most of our diving is for training and it is in fairly cold water. So most of my diving is in Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. If you are ever at Blue Hole and see a bunch of college students around feel free to say hey. I wear an O'neill neoprene drysuit. I mostly dive dry and because of school I have only been able to dive in one other location than NM. That was Blue Springs state park in FL (where I am from originally). BUT, there is hope, I am going to Truk, Micronesia in about a week and a half so that should be a lot of fun, and I get to try out my new strobe. YAY!!
I became interested in UW photography when I went to Blue Springs and swam by the manatees and wished I could take a picture UW. So as soon as I came home I started looking for a camera. I found this site and a few others, this site has been so much help. I finally got around to purchasing an Oly C4040Z with Ikelite housing and Inon Macro Lense. I just purchased an Ikelite DS-50 with deluxe arm. I have only been shooting UW digital since February so I have a lot to learn, and I think this site is great for a guy like me.
I am the first person to go digital in my club so now I am in charge of taking pictures for our website. I also used my camera to make some training videos. This is really my first experience with photography so I am just jumping in and learning as I go.
A few of my hobbies are of course SCUBA, Archery, cars, trucks, and planes. I look forward to getting my photos critiqued and hopefully being able to offer some advice of my own some day.
Thanks Eric for the great site and thanks everyone else for the great advice. Keep it up!!