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diver dave1

Member Since 02 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active May 05 2015 01:27 AM

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In Topic: Taking pictures of transparent planktonic creatures

02 May 2015 - 03:51 AM

I used strobes for all the blackwater pics, also the spotting light on the strobes, also the Sola spotting light.

f9, 1/200, ISO 200 on the camera, manual setting on the strobes most likely but too long ago to recall accurately, using a 60mm lens. I recall being surprised at how much the strobe spotting lights helped the focusing.  Perhaps the different angles when using 3 spotting lights helps because they are not that bright compared to the Sola.


I took a lot more photos that night that I did not share on line, poor focus, composition, etc.  Upon reviewing them again today, my best guess (and it is a guess) is that the portions of the creatures putting out light are also reflective of the same colors in those locations at the time they are displaying.  I got the same colors in the pics that I was seeing in the field, if memory is accurate.


Hope that helps.

In Topic: Taking pictures of transparent planktonic creatures

25 April 2015 - 03:50 AM

One option is to approach it similar to black water dives, similar to Kona's.  Experienced photographers there bring LOTS of light to the subject.  I did one of those dives.  The local's had 4 lights and looked like a freight train lighting up the world.  Your photos would obviously lose the natural ocean colors and have darker backgrounds.  This might not be what you are after but its one option for effect. 

I was using a bright Sola spotting light and 2 Z240's for strobes.

Just some food for thought as I have very little experience in this area to share.


Here is one photo from the Kona blackwater dive to show some results from this approach. 




In Topic: 8 inch vs mini dome with 10-17 and 1.4X question

31 March 2015 - 02:14 PM

Thanks for the comments.

I will plan to leave the 1.4x in the bag. Hoping the manta's get as close as Kona.  They rubbed my head as they passed there.  It was quite startling when they did that from behind.


Hoping to see hammerheads too but you never know.

In Topic: Bonaire photos

04 March 2015 - 04:45 AM


Nearly all the small fish portraits were with a 105mm.  I took the 60mm out for one day to try a few larger fish portraits.

In Topic: Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

18 February 2015 - 07:39 AM

This quilfin blenny was my favorite.  It does not compete with the quality of other shots here but it was my first photo of this species of blenny.