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In Topic: Tonga Humpback Whales

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For what it is worth the gallery is up at the website: http://aquabluedream...a/whaledepart1/

In Topic: Tonga Humpback Whales

18 October 2016 - 04:15 PM

Still playing with the RX100IV.  Will say the autofocus is quite good.  We had some rough days and you were stuck floating/bouncing on the surface, carrier was strict about duck dives.  So I was just hanging the camera below me and shooting away.  Very few shots out of focus.  

In Topic: Tonga Humpback Whales

17 October 2016 - 11:42 AM

For years now I have been shooting the Sony RX100 series underwater.  http://aquabluedream...al-de-evolution  With rumors of the new RX100V out there I picked up the RX100iV on Ebay.  It is housed in a Nauticam housing.  At first I mounted the Nauticam  WWL-1 on it, but due to conservative/very safe/very "respectful" way our carrier conducted the in water moments I left the WWL-1 on the boat and just shot it as is.  I have found for 90% of the shooting I do the RX100 series it work great.  Sure, when it comes to Super Macro and Natural Light wide angle shots interchangeable lens with big sensors have the advantage.  These shots were adjusted in Photoshop Raw to the max of my basic editing skills but came out ok imho.  

In Topic: Tonga Humpback Whales

16 October 2016 - 07:06 AM

It is amazing to be in the water with them and see that they are reacting to your presence.  Even when you don't see them....

In Topic: Tonga Humpback Whales

04 October 2016 - 06:45 AM

Thanks, we just got back last week.  Season runs, roughly, July - Oct.  It is all snorkeling and it is their winter.  The first 3-4 days were "rough" to the point people were getting seasick but then the last three days were calm and hot.   Technically you are not supposed to "Duck Dive" or freedive.   Our carrier was very strict, a story for another time.We had some excellent calf encounters with two of them coming up close enough you could touch them, but don't do that! The calf shots were taken at 24mm so they got CLOSE, it was awesome.  


Calf shot is not cropped and end of trip when the weather calmed down and sun was out.  The other was at the start, rough, lower viz, raining, and is Photoshopped to the  max of my meager abilities.