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In Topic: Airjaws in South Africa

28 May 2008 - 09:31 PM

Hi PRC, have a look at these pages. Bring spare underwear. :D Great White Diving - PADI
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In Topic: First pics underwater

27 May 2008 - 09:54 PM

Thank you all of you.

I was using the correct 6" dome port for my Canon 17-85mm lens. The petals were set correctly but at 17mm I cannot avoid the dark spots. A bit better composition and a little cropping will sort this out. Not that I am making excuses but it was 06h30 and we had bad viz.

The pic with the Manta with the fish was taken on the fly and the resulting motion blur si what you see. Sharpening in PS didn't change that but it did improve the Manta a little. My techniques with PS are a little like a kid with a fresh pack of candy: Eat them all right now, get sick later. I need to spend a lot more time learning PS.

From what I pick up on the forums, the 10-22mm lens seems the way to go? Better get that 8" dome port. I am also shooting with only one DS-125 and intend getting another. No more happiness to the body from the wife...

Oh! By the way: the Manta shots were strobe free. We were cautioned not to use strobes at that reef by the resident DM so I had to settle with a 400ISO and a steady hand.

In Topic: Airjaws in South Africa

27 May 2008 - 09:38 PM

South Africa.

In Topic: Airjaws in South Africa

26 May 2008 - 05:50 AM

I agree, opposed to what? The Great White couldn't care less about who is opposed or not. It's an awesome spectacle and a great opportunity to educate people that think the shark is a man-eater.
There are many good spots to view them from and also many tour operators that will take you out on boats. The locals are hilarious, the food is delicious, the weather is spectacular, the roads are made by motorcycle riders, it's a cheap holiday if you are from abroad.

The question is: Are you here yet?

In Topic: Advice from Ikelite SLR housing users

26 May 2008 - 05:39 AM

I have a 30D with the 6" dome port. Although the Ikelite setup appears to work fine, I am always very nervous if I have to pass it to anybody. In South Africa we dive mostly from RIBs and I have never had a problem when I ask for all my dive gear to be placed at the back of the boat. This gives me plenty of space to kit up and more importantly, to put my camera down at the back corner of the boat - away from everyone.
Also, I got hold of an inner tube from my mountain bike and cut a large width band from it. This I stretch over the back of the port. After kitting up and checking for leaks in the tank, I transfer the band over the two clips. Its a snug fit and the clips don't get caught up on other gear.