Introductions (original thread, now closed)
Posted 22 November 2003 - 03:47 PM
Well, since I've been posting for a week or so I might as well check in. My name is Doug and I am a dive instructor (PADI Course Director) living and working on St. Croix US Virgin Islands for the past 5 years. I learned to dive in San Diego in 1973 and have been an Instructor since 1986. I was a serious landscape and studio photographer earlier in life and have shot 2 1/4, 4x5 and 8x10 film platforms bothin the studio and in the backwoods. My u/w photography started with a Nikonos II camera and a bag of flashbulbs, but I've owned and shot u/w Nikonos 3, 4, 5's, Hasselblad SW, Nikon F2 and F3t ( which I still shoot once in a while in a Tussey housing), a Beauleau 16mm movie camera and for the past 3 years a slew of digital cameras which include a Canon S-300, Olympus Stylus 400, 750UZ, 5050, and Nikon CP-5000 with more strobes than I know what to do with. If I could get my Sinar 4x5 with a digital back and Schneider 75mm in a housing, I'd sell my truck to make it happen (do they make housings for Speedotron studio strobes?). Or not... this year will probably see mee upgrading to a DSLR though.
Over the years I'm been fortunate to live in or travel to Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Fiji, PNG, Cayman, Cuba (can I say this and not have homeland security after me?) and at leasta dozen other Countries. Still wanting to get to many places, but Cocos is my next trip.
Currently I work for a dive Company "St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures" teaching IDC's and other specialty programs (photo, wreck. nitrox etc) and diving as much as I can, as well as renting Olympus digitals cameras to the masses. Last year Rodales ranked our shop #2 in the world and staff #1 in the world, so obviously the hard work is paying off.
I am enjoying being a forum member, and have already added a few posts of my own. James you and Eric must have a lot of patience to moderate some of these forums, or else a weird sence of humor. I look forward to adding my 2 cents worth.
Posted 27 November 2003 - 03:47 AM
I have been diving for over 2 years now, logged about 90 dives. I took up photography soon after my first couple of trips. It's so addictive! Keep wanting to get better shots each trip. I am really hooked on uw photography now, wish I can go out more often. Did my Rescue and now planning for DM.
Posted 07 December 2003 - 11:06 AM
Have been diving for 20 years and 4500+dives in a variety of enviroments. My favorites would have to be wrecks and caves. Diving almost exclusively on rebreathers for the past 5 years. I have used a variety of equipment, But my staple has been an f2 in an Ike housing with a variety of strobe/lens configurations.
I have just decided to go digital by purchasing a d100 and to my suprise, Am the proud owner of an aquatica housing for it as of this morning( today is my birthday and I've got a wonderful girlfreind). Any guidance as to where to go from here would be great. Thanks in advance. Ted
Posted 07 December 2003 - 12:04 PM
Sounds like you've got a great setup.
Take a look at the DSLR forum, and search back for at least the last 90 days. You'll find a lot of info on the D100 / Aquatica combo
Good luck and look forward to sharing with you
Posted 11 December 2003 - 07:44 AM
Iíve been diving for 20 years. During most of that time I owned a Nikonos IV and a Sunpack Marine 32 (manual) flash together with a set of extension tubes for macro shots. It was a great camera!
Last September (2002) I decided to go digital, and bought a Canon PowerShot S40 with a Canon WP-DC300 housing. Iíve never been more enthusiastic about taking photos. Technically my current equipment is not as good as what I used to have, but I take so many more pictures now I get more good shots anyway. Getting instant feedback (seeing the picture) is great for learning!
I deliberately started my digital venture with a not-too-expensive camera, and Iím currently investigating what to move up to.
All photos in my online album are taken with the Canon S40.
I have a business interest in some underwater imaging products.
Posted 19 December 2003 - 02:21 AM
I use divegypsy as my "handle" as it best describes my lifestyle. My real name is Fred. I am one of those "full-time" underwater photographers whose pictures you've probably seen, but never tooknotice of who took them. I dive and travel about 8 months per year. The other four I need for slide processing, editing, labeling, and business. Diving and underwater photography is my life. I miss diving and the marine animals terribly when I am "marooned ashore".
I currently shoot with with Nikon F5's in Seacam housings as my primary tool, and use Hartenberger strobes for lighting. I use three zoom lenses 17-35, 24-85, and 70-180 for about 90% of everything I shoot. But have and use a full range of lenses from fisheye to 200mm, sometimes with converters. My favorite subjects are the cephalopod molluscs - octopuses, cuttlefish, and squids - because of their intelligence, their ability to change coloration and texture, and their complex behavior.
For me, digital is mostly a toy, an experiment, right now because I don't know any digital camera/housing combination that can match the capabilities of my F5 yet. But I believe it will come into its own and already has several advantages over shooting with film - most significantly number of shots per dive. And because I want to know more about digital imaging, which is why I've started visiting the Wetpixel site (and DPreview) after finding it via Google. I recently bought a Fuji S2 and an Ikelite housing to put it it, my first digital camera of any kind.
I believe that virtually all underwater housings are inadequately designed to take full advantage of the cameras they house, and as a result I enrich the proprietors of several machine shops on a very regular basis modifying my housings to make them more usable. And building other equipment. My Ikelite/S2 housing has the most extensive modifications I've ever done and include making numberous controls operable from the handgrips, adding a totally new control that allows me to change focus points from the handgrips, and allowing it to use the same zoom lens gears and ports as my Seacam housings.
I visit Wetpixel on an irregular basis as I am frequently too busy diving or not within easy internet reach. When possible I'll weigh in with a "pro's" point of view on various topica and am willing to share almost any technical info.
Posted 19 December 2003 - 06:17 AM
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on Seacam and Hartenberger here. We only have a couple users of that equipment and more experience is always good.
I'd also like to hear more about the way you modifiy your housings and who you use to do the work.
- Col. John "Hannibal" Smith
Nikon, Seatool, Nexus, Inon
Posted 19 December 2003 - 07:38 AM
I've just been through this whole thread, and realised that I never have introduced myself. That is highly remiss of me, so here we go.
I'm an Australian expatriate, living in central Texas and working at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University. I know more than you or anyone else wants to know about the mechanics of measuring the concentrations of proteins in the feces of dogs and cats . I spent a decade in private veterinary practice before seeing the light and returning to the comfy halls of academia.
I started diving as a way of filling in the time while writing up my PhD thesis, and was certified in the slightly brisk waters of Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Australia in 1998. I have subsequently gradually slid my way up the ladder of dive certification, and am currently a divemaster, I help train the up and coming divers in the TAMU recreational sports program.
I have been a hobbyist photographer above water since I was about 8 years old. My first serious camera was a Canon AE-1, followed by the AE-1 program, some Minolta bodies, Mamiya medium format SLR, Toyoview view camera... Then I took the red pill and went Nikon. I started underwater photography with an Ikelite Auto35 and external strobe on a trip to Cozumel with my then-girlfriend-now-wife in 1999. Being badly bitten by the bug when I picked up this print:
I started spending far too much time and money on underwater photographic equipment. I progressed to housing my N6006 in an Ikelite housing, was happy with this for a while, then upgraded my camera body to an F100, sold the n6006 and housing, and at the time of writing don't actually have a housing for any form of SLR, digital or otherwise. I have and use a poky little Olympus 3040 in a pt-10 housing, and have been able to borrow/beg some very nice wideangle equipment (Nikonos V, 15mm lens, that sort of stuff) from a friend as I need it, which keeps me shooting while I vacillate about which dSLR I would like.
I'm a member of the Houston Underwater Photographic Society, and manage to attend about one meeting in three.
D300, D200, D70, 12-24 f4 AFS DX, 60mm f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 AF-S VR, 105 f2.8 AF-S VR, Tokina Wunderlens.
Photo galleries @ Ruaux.net
Posted 23 December 2003 - 10:45 PM
I have been diving for about three years now. I enjoy UW photography. I started with a Sony DSC-85 w/ ikelite housing and DS-125 strobe. I have dabbled with some of the Canon Rebel cameras and housings, however I am waiting for Ikelte to release the housing for my Canon 10D (hopefully in January).
I enjoy reading all the great info on this board and hope to maybe contribute a little myself.
Posted 24 December 2003 - 08:46 AM
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 29 December 2003 - 07:23 PM
So far I have only owned my little Canon S230 with the Canon housing for it and used it in Mexico and at various sites here in Ontario, Canada.
I now own an EOS 10D, a Speedlight 550EX flash and so far a 24-70mm F2.8 lens.
I really enjoy taking natural light photos with lots of contrast and character. Looking forward to getting some of the faster wide angle lenses available for this thing. Just need a sugarmomma first. Any takers?
Seriously though I am looking forward to learning a lot about underwater photography from all of you and I may have some pretty dumb questions.
Until my next foolish question....
Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:45 AM
I've shoot almost exclusively in the freezing northeast pacific (west coast of the US and Canada, from southern alaska down to about Monterey). I'm looking to expand my travels a bit in the near future, with Fiji, south Africa, Antarctica, and the Red Sea destinations at some point.
I've got a little marine ID site called www.seaotter.com (that is badly in need of an update) and I'm working on a gallery for my other work at www.h2ophotography.com.
I guess my background is carpenter/network security troubleshooter/divemaster.
Anyway, hopefully I'll get to know a couple of you as time goes by!
Posted 08 January 2004 - 02:13 AM
You may have known me here on wetpixel as just "rdelfs" - with a little fang blenny as an avatar. But long ago, on a diving board far far away, I used to be "frogfish", and I decided I liked that better.
So I asked, and the administrator agreed to change my name, but it's still me.
I've been shooting underwater for about five years, film until last summer, when I acquired a digital camera and housing. Currently, we live in Indonesia, which is a very nice place to dive. If you haven't been here before, I heartily recommend it.
Nikon D2X in Subal housing.
Tabula Int'l Ltd.
Posted 11 January 2004 - 11:45 PM
my name is Matt Potenski. I am currently living in Hollywood, FL and finishing up my masters degree in marine biology. I am a graduate research associate for the Guy Harvey Research Institute an the Oceanographic Center of Nova Southeastern University. In March 2003 I purchased a Sony DSC-F717 camera and and Ikelite Housing. I tested the set-up on a trip to Belize the following April (South Water Caye). I moved to Grand Cayman in April 2003 to complete my masters research on southern stingrays. I am looking to compare the populations of stingrays that are fed by tourists to wild rays to determine what type of effects the feeding may have on them. 5 months and over 3000 shots later I have resettled back on the mainland. I hope to finish my masters and proceed to more work with sharks. Up until 2003, for three years I made trips out to Bimini to work at sharklab for Dr. Sam Gruber. My time there has brought me in contact with lemon, nurse, bull, tiger, caribbean reef, blacktip, and sharpnose sharks. I also have been to the marquesas keys (FL) for Doc. Additionally, I have made 2 trips to Utila, Honduras with Shark Research Institute to tag whale sharks. Now that I have my camera, I can't wait to revisit these locations. I like the look of ambient light and do not use strobes - I think it looks more like the images I recall from the actual dive...I hope to post some of my work and use feedback to improve my picture taking...
The Shark Research Institute -Director of Field Operations
Bimini Biological Field Station - Sharklab - PIT Project Staff
Posted 16 January 2004 - 05:04 AM
St Croix, US Virgin Islands.
We've been diving for about 10 years, and doing serious photography for about 5 years.
Both of us started out on Nikonos V. This year im starting on my first housed camera,
a D100, in a Subal D10 housing.
Besides underwater photography I like other forms of photography (land, astronomy),
traveling, and my other main hobby is fiddling with anything technical.
I work for a dutch ISP that I co-founded named XS4ALL.
See you all around on here
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Posted 19 January 2004 - 12:45 PM
I ve just discovered this great site (I heard about it in november in Antibes).
I m DM for 2 years and paramedic.
I made my first pictures underwater 4 years ago , beginning with a nikonos ( RIP flooded ! ), then with an ikelite housing , then a subal for my F100 and now a fuji S2 pro with its Subal housing .
I dive 2 or 3 times a year in Egypt, I m just back from a safari to the Maldives , but for me , the best dive trips I ve ever made were in the moutain lakes in Austria.
Next year, we'll go to the Baikal Lake
'hope I'll bring you back some great pictures ......
Nikon d2x and Seacam Housing
Posted 20 January 2004 - 02:09 PM
I am an exiled Scot living in Sunny California, I have been diving on and off since I was 20, which is too many years ago to mention Up until late 2003 I had been using a Sea & Sea MMII EX Pro and YS-60 strobe and managed to get the occasional photo worth keeping. With my deep love for gadgets I decided to sell all my photographic equipment (land & sea) and go the digital route, I bought a Canon 10D, Jonah Housing, YS-90DX strobe and a few associated lenses. I only recently found the wetpixel site and I am glad I did. The wealth of information is enormous and for a rank amateur such as myself it is an invaluable resource to have.
Thanks to all who post,
Posted 24 January 2004 - 02:35 PM
My name is Jason Heller and I'm a digital uw photography addict... I've recently made the switch to digital, and I'm (almost) never going back. I shoot with a D-100 in a Nexus housing.
My site is geing updated at the moment, but to see a bunch of my digital shots from a recent trip to indonesia, go to http://www.underwate...os.net/wak1.htm
Most of my time and energy is spent running an Interactive Advertising Agency in New York that I co-founded called Mass Transit Interactive http://www.mass-transit.com, but I try to go diving as often as possible. Most recently I spent 3 weeks in Wakatobi and Bali Indonesia. Truely amazing places...
I look forward to sharing ideas with other digital uw photographers!
Posted 28 January 2004 - 05:55 AM
my name is Daniel, I'm from Germany and I'm glad that I found this very useful site.
I'm quite new in u/w photography, started one year ago with my Nikon D100 in an Ewa-Marine case, and just ordered a 'real' housing, which will be delivered soon.
I'm here to learn a lot and to get hints to improve.
Topside I use lenses up to 400mm, u/w it will be the Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm and a Sigma 50mm MACRO for the beginning. The housing for the D100 and the SB-80DX will be the Sealux CD100-GD.