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LR 3.6 (& LR4 Beta)

28 January 2012 - 07:49 PM

I have LR 3.6 (and also LR4 beta) and PS CS5 installed. I tried to do an EDIT IN "layers in Photoshop" with two images selected.
Choices for Layers, HDR, Smart Object are all grayed out.

My preferences are set to PSD.

I cannot figure out what setting is wrong. Any help?



Gates VL8 Video Lights

13 September 2011 - 05:40 PM

We just returned from a week on the Rocio del Mar in the northern Sea of Cortez. We worked the new Gates VL8 LED lights (on a L&M Blue Fin) really hard. 18 dives, frequently with short surface intervals. Used 1/2 power at all times, usually leaving the lights on the the full dive (60 minutes or so).

Really super coverage, excellent color behavior, absolutely trouble free. After fighting HID problems, this really lowered the frustration level.

The lights packed nicely against the housing for out-of-water handling.

On board, they charged in just under 2 hours.

If you are looking for LEDs, these really should be considered.

If I missed something, send a question.


L&M Monitor Cable Replacement

11 September 2011 - 10:40 AM

My Light and Motion external monitor cable has finally died. Does anyone know who will custom make a new cable to fit the "proprietary" four pin wet connectors?
If any of you out there can do this, I would be happy to negotiate the project with you.


Gates VL8 Video Lights

28 July 2011 - 05:48 PM

We picked up two of the first production run of the Gates VL8 LED video lights on Thursday and had them underwater on Vision on the south side of Santa Rosa Island on Sunday morning. We did 10 dives over three days running the lights every dive in the rough, 20 - 40' vis cold water of the Northern Channel Islands and a love affair is now a commitment. Easy to use, mounted on ULCS arms make them more stabled and less of a problem than the LockLink arms we were using.

Shot video with a L&M BlueFin using a Sony HDR 9. We were using a L&M wide angle lens. coverage was very even and color temperature was right on. We white balanced per our usual for the location and got better color quality than when using HIDs.

The power packs recharged during the normal surface interval between dives. On a couple of dives, middle of the day, we did not recharge between dives and we did not run down the batteries. Most of the time we were shooting on 1/2 power so the predicted burn times were tolerable. The night dive got blown off - literally - 30 knot winds - so we could not check them out at night. That will happen in early September.

Bottom line - a well engineered - what else from Gates - easy to operate LED array that will perk up any video shooting.

I will post a You Tube link to some clips soon.

Neal - the technical end and Sharron - the video geek.

L&M Sun Ray System for sale

29 June 2011 - 06:20 AM


Complete L&M Sun Ray Pro underwater video lighting system ready for use. Battery pods currently used on L&M Bluefin housing.

View equipment at http://s1189.photobu...s/z436/chemsaf/

Sold as a lot containing:

3 L&M HID heads factory serviced March 2011, tested in pool, no open water use since service
2 L&M battery pods with retainer for housing
5 L&M batteries one opened to replace cells and tape sealed; useable. All batteries work, burn times vary
2 L&M Loc-Line arms; need Loc-Line to Housing adapter
2 L&M battery chargers
2 Welch Allyn HID lamps; factory new, never used replacement for HID lamps.

Lot price $625 plus shipping. PayPal, MC/Visa accepted

(Pre eBay posting)