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diver dave1

Member Since 02 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Jan 11 2015 08:31 AM

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In Topic: Black and white

23 November 2014 - 01:04 PM

Love your B&W photo's at the link.

In Topic: Diving with two full-gear

08 November 2014 - 12:39 AM

Several years ago I learned something very, very valuable (from Alex Mustard, in fact): the best images are carefully planned, and the dive is constructed around that plan.


The lens, the port, the lighting, the time of day, the position of the subject - they all matter.


"General purpose" kit yields snapshots: zoom lenses, multi-purpose domes and infinitely flexible strobe arms may let us photograph a multiplicity of subjects, but how many would we photograph well?


Carrying two set-ups just increases the tendency to jump from subject to subject, without giving each one the consideration it deserves, and without committing the dive to the aim of that one, perfect, image. My best photographs have been taken when I've carried a very specific camera set-up, and worked creatively to match its characteristics to the potential of the subject.


I think that flexibility is a blind alley!

Your comments, in a nutshell, describes several reasons why most of us take glorified snapshots and Dr. Mustard (and others) generate art.  Taking a standard dive boat outing rarely allows this level of planning and control.  Knowing what to do with the availability of such planning and control would seem to be another.

In Topic: Experiences with the Apeks WTX-D18 wing?

24 October 2014 - 02:04 AM

One might think they could go to the Apeks website and see the weights of each device, wing, backplate, etc.  Then you could figure how light a system you could make.  They list  considerable information but no weights for the wings...just the lift weights.  sigh...

In Topic: thoughts on mini domes

31 July 2014 - 10:37 AM

No experience with whales but used the same setup for sailfish.

Here is the best of that trip.



2 others on the trip had massive domes on FX housings.  While their resolution was probably better, they were definitely envious of my far smaller setup and talked about it.  They used a cord to tie the setup to their wrist so they could not drop it.  I added that after the first day as well.


If I had it to do over, I would stick to the mini-dome and 10-17.  I used no flotation and did not feel the need for it, other than the risk of losing it.


One suggestion, I wish I had done more cardio training in advance.  I did plenty of fin laps in a pool in advance and never had muscle problems but thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest from trying to keep pace then stop the bait ball.  No idea how needed that is for whale work.  Just a thought.

In Topic: Advice on a Subsee holder

30 July 2014 - 03:30 PM

I placed an order with Divervision for the unit you mentioned, Jim.

They offered to make a customized size to fit my MP60 at no additional cost.  Mine is about 102.3mm and the standard unti does not fit it.


Thanks for the assistance.


Diver Dave