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bvanant

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Ambon with The Underwater Tribe

19 April 2015 - 11:07 AM

A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to Maluku Divers to do a photo seminar/class with the Underwater Tribe.  Mike Veitch and Luca Vaime led a group of 8, 7 photographers and my wife the videographer ( who has listened to the f/stop, aperture story for the 20th time and keeps asking what an f/stop is) for a week of diving the muck sites of Ambon.  The class was held at Maluku divers and Joe and Emily showed us great hospitality, good food and lots of great diving.  Over the course of the week, we had seminars on basic shooting, advanced techniques, some basic Lightroom classes.  The classroom teaching was very good, Mike is a great teacher and Luca did a fine job on the Lightroom side, but it was in the water that made this class very special.  On each day Mike would take 4 of us and Luca the other 4 and worked hands on with each student during the dive. Unlike almost any other photo class, neither Mike nor Luca took a camera into the water, only a slate. They would help us think about what to shoot and how to shoot it and they did lots of looking at our pictures after they were shot, writing furiously on the slate to change this or that and try again. One thing that we worked on quite a bit is how to use high power LED lighting instead of strobes or as backlighting for shooting larger critters.  After the diving they were available every day for photo critique during the afternoon when we were not diving.  The diving was typical Ambon with several Rhinopias in varying colors, lots of nudibranchs both common and relatively rare, lots of hairy shrimp, one green shrimp (the very tiny one), and tons of other muck critters including the very hard to shoot shrimp that lives in the blue tunicates.  Overall, we had a great trip and want to thank Joe and Emily for running a great operation, and Mike and Luca for helping us all make our pictures better and for making the whole week great fun.

 

Bill


Come Meet Jack Connick

11 February 2015 - 05:45 PM

Our next meeting is next Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at the Natural History museum in Los Angeles.

Jack Connick the owner of Optical Ocean Sales will be with us showing some amazing images from Raja Ampat, teaching us how to do some Close Focus Wide Angle and suggesting ways to use still cameras to shoot video (can they do that?).

 

Meeting starts at 7:30 at the Museum. See the website (laups.org) for more information.

 

Bill


For Sale: Sola 1200 Video light

07 February 2015 - 02:59 PM

For sale is a new, never been wet, Sola 1200 video light with spot and flood capabilities. 

Great video light for you macro lovers, I use them for focus lights for my still camera.

 

New these are $599, yours for $475 shipped in the U.S. International shipping is at your cost.

Bill


For Sale: Sola 2100, never been wet

07 February 2015 - 02:54 PM

A brand new, never been wet, Sola 2100 Video Light.  New price was $800, yours for $525, shipped in the U.S. International shipping available at your cost. This is the video light with 2100 lumens wide angle and a 1200 lumen spot.

Flood Output

  • Beam angle 60°   
  • High power 2100 lumen 
  • Medium power 1000 lumen
  • Low power 500 lumen

Spot Beam Output

  • Beam angle 12°
  • High power 1200 lumen
  • Medium power  600 lumen
  • Low power 300 lumen
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Bill


People Magazine

08 September 2014 - 05:06 PM

This week's People Magazine (Sharon Tate on the cover) had a blurb in things to watch that highlighted DiveFilm HD and the Secret World of Sea Slugs in particular. That video is coincidentally by my wife and Wetpixel member Nannette Van Antwerp. You can see it at dive film HD or at

http://www.blueviews...s13_640x360.mov

 

Enjoy

 

Bill