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In Topic: Lenses for Puerto Galera Trip

Today, 06:49 AM



Puerto Galera has some amazing Macro but also great seascapes and also a very nice wreck with great soft coral and fish life. So a good macro and your 8mm fisheye. Well i guess take them all :dancing:


Two images that i could quickly find attached.

In Topic: questions about starting out with one strobe

01 November 2015 - 12:38 AM

hi, new to uw photography, i have alot of above water experience and equipment and diving experience, have d810, starting uw with ikelite housing with 105 and 10-17tok, only want to commit to one ds160 strobe to start plus small focus light neo fix sw 1000.  i think one strobe will be ok with macro but i am not sure it will be so great with wide angle? 
1. did i make a mistake with tokina? vs sigma 15mm  - i know it will vignette below 14.5mm. 

Like Tim said above, its more suited to DX and not FX
2. using the wide angle would the  small focus light add any value to fill shadows or should i set it to turn off when the strobe fires?

Unless you are in a really dark area eg: under a deep over hang or through a cave system etc. you wont need a focus light for wide angle. If you are diving any wrecks you probably will need the focus light.
3. general tips for 1 strobe close focus wide angle?

Keep the strobe on either side of the housing, behind the dome port, pointing slightly outward and not directly at the subject. Sometimes one may be able to point directly also, but it should be behind the dome to avoid flare. Change power settings manually as required. If you want to take CFWA images with a sun-ball in the background, keep the strobe sync to maximum that your camera allows either 1/200, 1/250 or 1/300 and start with an aperture of around f10. For general seascapes, keep the strobe high and straight above the housing. Make sure it is behind the dome and pointing slightly upwards.
4. position for my focus light? - top housing or on other housing arm?

You will probably, as Tim said only need this for macro. Top is best usually, i keep mine on top but to one side of the camera.
going to big island hawaii in jan......



Hope the above helps,



In Topic: Andaman & Nicobar Island Info

13 August 2015 - 12:04 AM



That's great :-) We have a group trip in FEB 2016 with 14 participants. This is land based though. Good luck and let me know if you need any info, help etc.


Dive safe and cheers,



In Topic: Andaman & Nicobar Island Info

12 August 2015 - 12:34 AM

Dear Graham,
I am a fellow marine photographer based in Mumbai, India and have extensively dived the Andaman and Nicobar Islands personally and on assignment for a coffee table book on marine images as well as a Fish Id book. There is only one liveaboard operator plying these waters from the Andamans. For some bureaucratic Govt. issues i believe they can only accommodate 8 divers at a time. What is your group size ?  Some dive sites 6-7 are really excellent with one muck dive site. Some are good.  There is also some great diving off Barren Islands etc. If you need help with booking this do let me know. I am currently working on a package for some south american divers but which is land based from Havelock Islands. Along with my partners who own a dive shop in India for the longest time http://www.barracuda...g.com/index.phpwe also arrange group dive trips for Indian divers all over the world via http://scubacentric.com/  So do let me know some more specifics and i could help the best i can ? You may mail me at diggydesai@hotmail.com. Attaching some uw images from Andamans.


Hope this helps.





In Topic: Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe Failures

10 August 2015 - 01:37 AM

What i meant Bill is that i had a similar problem, albeit with Z240's and two were replaced. The strobes show that they are charging but the flash wont fire.. The focus light works. Inon replaced the strobes for me BUT they never reveal the problem ! The supplier though shared what Inon wrote to them and here is what they said : 


When the camera battery is low , the trigger signal from camera is not recognized on Z240 strobe, Z240 recongnize it as "noise" And it cause some circuit trouble which affects the flash tube not being able to fire.
Therefore i shared this as the DS1 also use external batteries.