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Alison Perkins

Member Since 04 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active May 09 2018 12:33 PM

#391414 one Inon Z240 producing less light

Posted by Alison Perkins on 19 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

A pair of needle-nose pliers on the button shaft should do it. I purchased replacement buttons from an Inon dealer and simply screwed in a new button. I've also switched the focus light button across and lived without a focus light button instead. If you could purchase a little magnet to fit the space then you could also probably replace the magnet itself and glue a new one in.

#385596 RETRA Strobe Thread

Posted by Alison Perkins on 05 July 2017 - 09:49 AM

I would put the camera on a tripod, slow shutter speed and fire strobe by hand. That's how this was shot.




I really want a test fire button! :-)

#383565 Browse the Wetpixel forums using a mobile app

Posted by Alison Perkins on 25 April 2017 - 06:38 PM

I use Tapatalk to browse the Wetpixel forum.

#381557 Who shares on Instagram?

Posted by Alison Perkins on 17 February 2017 - 12:52 AM

I like:















... and many more. Whose pics do you enjoy seeing?

#381454 Who shares on Instagram?

Posted by Alison Perkins on 13 February 2017 - 09:16 AM

I'm interested in following some more underwater photographers on Instagram. Do you share your photos on Instagram? What underwater photographers do you follow?


You're welcome to follow me, or not. It's totally up to you! :-)


#379637 Is this Instagram account stealing YOUR photos?

Posted by Alison Perkins on 15 December 2016 - 09:11 AM

There are a lot of familiar images on this Instagram account. Maybe they are there legitimately, but I'm suspicious.




Not many photo credits in there...

#378213 Island of the Gods - Bali

Posted by Alison Perkins on 28 October 2016 - 10:45 AM


#369368 Asian Diver Magazine

Posted by Alison Perkins on 16 January 2016 - 09:46 AM

Actually, after a very long wait the money did eventually end up in my bank account. Certainly wasn't worth the $ for the effort required to extract it from the magazine. I would highly recommend against dealing with Asian Diver Magazine.

#367179 Sea & Sea / Inon reliability - opinions

Posted by Alison Perkins on 16 November 2015 - 06:49 PM

I have 4 Inon Z240 strobes. Never had a flood and one of these strobes has been going strong since 2008 and getting plenty of use.

I've never experienced any twisting or pinching of the orings. Keep your orings lightly greased and they work the way intended.

#363258 Spawning Anemones in New Zealand

Posted by Alison Perkins on 15 July 2015 - 02:03 AM

Discovered by accident in 2009, the spawning of the Jewel Anemones must surely be considered one of the greatest annual wildlife events you can observe as a scuba diver in New Zealand waters.

For two consecutive years I have had the special privilege of capturing the action.


This is the first time I've ever put a video together - that was a fun learning curve! Please feel welcome to share your feedback.


#362112 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by Alison Perkins on 11 June 2015 - 12:50 PM

I got into underwater photography because I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture the beauty I was seeing underwater in a photograph. I want my photos to be as beautiful as what I see. Mostly I fail miserably as the natural world I observe is much more beautiful than my captures. :-) So the challenge continues and I find this very stimulating, and rewarding on occasion when I get it right.


Recently though, I have seen a very distinct change, or growth, in my motivations for shooting underwater. Increasingly what I'm dipping into is documentation. This can vary:

  • documenting an interesting/unusual/rare/new species or behaviour
  • documenting a site of scientific/archaeological interest for scientists who aren't divers
  • recording "before" in case there is an "after" - to show change over time to natural environments


I think if you tried to make money from this type of underwater photography you could probably quite literally die of starvation. However, I am finding it to be very rewarding in its own right. I feel like I'm contributing to something bigger, the advancement of knowledge. It's not glamorous but I think it's really cool.


In 2009 I took a photo of a pair of sundial snails spawning. I was excited about:


a) spotting them

b) getting a photo

c) finding someone who cared enough to identify them


A couple of days ago I received a request from a scientist who is studying these molluscs and apparently there are very few photos of their egg masses. Getting my geek on!


I'm still aspiring to take the "wow" magical photos but I'm also finding great pleasure in taking underwater photos that would struggle to get a like on facebook. It doesn't have to be popular to be interesting.

#355385 Long exposure time/night dive/painting with light

Posted by Alison Perkins on 13 December 2014 - 09:53 PM

I have done tripod-mount long exposure painting with light in a cave but there's not really much information to share. 30 sec exposure and paint away. :-)


You want to be methodical about your painting - wide beam light. Consider having a preset focus because it's a pain to focus the camera in the dark.

#353159 Short fin pilot whales

Posted by Alison Perkins on 02 October 2014 - 05:27 PM

What a pleasure to view these photos!


#352751 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by Alison Perkins on 20 September 2014 - 10:37 AM

Wow! You are capturing some truly beautiful scenes. Thanks for sharing.


#347509 A Circular Experiement

Posted by Alison Perkins on 09 May 2014 - 06:16 PM

It has a fun "looking down on the planet" feel.