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In Topic: Your Favourite Photo of 2009

30 December 2009 - 02:45 PM

2009 was a fun year. I made the leap to digital. Here is my special favorite. I have spent 14 years looking for a snowflake moray eel on the island of Saipan, Norther Mariana Islands and this year was the one. Canon G-10 with WPC-28 housing, S&S Y-110a strobe. Manual mode, F-8 @ 1/160 sec, ISO-80

In Topic: Need some info on a Nikonos V and snorkeling

26 December 2009 - 02:01 PM


I think you made a very wise decision. I really wanted to react to the comment one of the posters made on the Rangefinder forum when he said something like you would be happier with a quality film camera like the Nikonos rather than a point and shoot. But I perhaps wisely declined to say anything :)

When you're ready to buy the housing for your Canon G10, I suggest you get in touch with Reef Photo. Ask for Ryan Canon.

Finally, congrats on your FM2 purchase. I recently bought one and have been having lots of fun with it.

All the best,


In Topic: Turn your flash off please

28 June 2009 - 07:52 PM

There is a thread from a while ago and one guy doing a PhD thesis on seahorses suggested that there was no observable damage. BUT I am reminded on a daily basis that the plural of anecdote is not data. Similarly, there are observations by divers that multiple flashes have led to some pygmys falling off their perch. In the open scientific literature there are discussions about the spectral sensitivity of the seahorse eye and the photosensitivity of the pineal gland. It appears that in some of the seahorses at least there is minimal effect on the pineal gland but I haven't found any real data on the effect of bright flash on the eye of the seahorse.


While diving on Troy's Reef in the Kwajalein atoll, Marshall Islands, a local diver insisted photographers not turn on their strobes. Her comments were the high pitched whine of the strobe capacitors winding up irritated the large schools of grey sharks.....and could provoke an attack. I went back there many times with other divers that did not know this "local rule" took many stobe photos and did not notice any reactions by the sharks....... I could be wrong..but most of the animals on this great planet were here millions of years before we showed up and have adapted to many radical changes in the environment.

In Topic: Anyone used the G10 and WP-DC28 combo?

12 May 2009 - 05:17 PM

Here's my recently posted gallery of macro shots from Lembeh. http://gallery.me.co...b...k&view=grid

Sea&Sea YS110alpha
Inon 6x macro wet lens 67mm

The casing has been working well since December, but I think I'm diving a little bit more than it's been designed for.

I'm curious as how you attached the Inon macro lens to the DCWP-28 housing. A special adapter?

In Topic: G10 and aperture priority question

12 May 2009 - 05:02 PM

Manual mode on the camera and manual mode on the flash == No TTL

I find TTL to be extremely effective with macro and short range shots.

There are other point/shoot systems that support optical sync DS-TTL in 'M' manual mode. It seems like Canon intentionally lobotomized the G10 in this regard.

After going through the various G-10 modes P, Av, Tv, Auto , Scene UW, I feel most comfortable and have more control now since using the Manual mode. For some reason the colors are very vibrant even with the Vivid color switched off.
Using a S&S 110a strobe I do find in Manual mode the strobe focus led light will not switch off when the shutter is operated as it will in TTL. Just have to practise and move the strobe further back (in macro or very close up) to avoid over exposing and blowing out light colors. The G-10 is not perfect, but I'm having a blast with this camera. I was a hardcore Oly, Nikon, and Nikonos fan in the past.