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#387012 Instagram

Posted by JimSwims on 26 August 2017 - 06:55 PM

So a couple of years on and this Instagram account continues to flourish by repeatedly violating copyright.


Goes to show Instagram won't police its users and is complicit.


There is a collective assumption that re-posting/sharing is not a breech of © It of course is. Also users seem

to think that as long as they attribute they don't need to seek permission. They do! GRRRRRRR!




#387011 Is this Instagram account stealing YOUR photos?

Posted by JimSwims on 26 August 2017 - 06:40 PM

Should be called SpotMyCopyrightInfingement :angry2:

#368541 Manipulating underwater subjects

Posted by JimSwims on 22 December 2015 - 11:36 PM

I think you're missing the point here Don. It's one thing to see some Octopus species moving from one point of cover to another. But for a benthic species like a Mimic or Wonderpus

to head up into water column goes entirely against the predisposition of such species. Its not that Octopus can't swim up, it just goes against there evolved form and behaviors. The

few occasions I have personally witnessed an octopus free swimming were all due to it feeling under pressure. In all instances the octopus went to ground as soon as it could. Such

instances are extremely rare to be a photo oppurtunity as they happen very quickly and the octopus nearly always are heading rapidly away, escaping.


What is clear, is that competitors in such shootouts are under self made pressure to get wow shots in a short space of time. For some obviously the image comes before the needs

of the subject being photographed. Shame if a website promoting underwater macro photography would actively promote an anything goes attitude. Even worse if it were to then

suppress any discussion to the contrary.




#365559 Instagram

Posted by JimSwims on 25 September 2015 - 09:34 PM

Like most other FB related sites they do have a limp DCMA Copyright violation form to fill out- https://help.instagr...539946876093520


As usual the onus is on the copyright holder to find and point out violations. The website/host distances itself from any onus to discourage or prevent

such infringements from happening. Same as FB, Pinterset, etc, etc...


Another annoying part of the Instagram reporting process is that they provide your contact details to the infringer.




#360264 **Wonderful** Photos winning 3 competitions

Posted by JimSwims on 19 April 2015 - 04:50 AM

I do understand that point. But to appear to accuse a photographer of fraud on a public forum without any proof? I completely disagree with the

approach of the OP.


I don't know Davide Lopresti and I don't follow the competition circuit, having only ever entered a handful over the years. I have no idea of the

submission opening and closing times of the competions in question. If the OP is solely pointing the finger at competition organisers not vetting

finalists as per their stated competition rules then there certainly is an issue with them and their application of rules agreed upon.


My issue with the OP is the annonomous mud slinging. If they are sure of something, they could provide proof and have the courage of his/her

convictions to do so in person. There is no clear proof other than inferrence that the entrant acted without conscience.  





#360003 Wide Angle Question Tokina 10-17 vs. 11-16mm?

Posted by JimSwims on 13 April 2015 - 01:35 PM

The 10-17 with a Precision Dome would be a really great combo for an Ikelite housing. Very compact.



As for the 11-16 it's a rectilinear and will need to be used with a large dome 8" minimum, extension and probably a

+2 dioptre. Refer to Ikelite and your supplier on what their recommendations for the the lens in their housing is.




#349779 Z240 erratic behavior after 3 year - expectable?

Posted by JimSwims on 02 July 2014 - 11:21 PM

Hi guys!


Many thanks for all these valuable feedbacks!

Let me answer to some of the comments:


Strobe internal issues - source?

Apart from errbrr, it seems that all of experienced reliability with your Inon strobes themselves (not mentioning the FOs here)...............


Maybe it was just obstructing dirt on housing side afterwards, but if I experience some more issues I'll definitely cut the housing-sides of the FOs. Are you saying that a sharp knife would do the trick, or scissors? Is there any partiuclar way to shape the cut for light to travel better.

I am thinking this actually could be the cause, as among last weeks I have regularly removed/inserted my FOs from housing side (which I didn't do in the past), and have possibly damaged them.

Battery cells were fine I presume, as I charge them regularly, and the red ready light came on quite quickly..............................................


Thanks again for all the help!



Hi Nicholas,


as Jim Anderson has said above I just cut the affected ends off with a sharp Craft Knife straight across the cables. I learnt early on to

put the FO cable ends in my mouth to wet with saliva before inserting. This helped to avoid the ends bending or flexing when inserting

into the cable ports on the housing. I felt that over time the repeated bending could turn the clear plastic milky.


All in all I have no complaints for my Inon strobes. They are compact, relatively light and do what I want when I want. Just wished that

manual was easier to read :mocking:  I have however used them 90% of the time for macro and only in temperate water, so haven't pushed

their tolerances.




#346524 Flickr

Posted by JimSwims on 21 April 2014 - 01:46 AM

Flickr says no problem<  https://www.flickr.c.../blogging/#2937  >but it obviously doesn't work any more. Used to be a drop down share box where you could copy the embed code I think?


Just another way the team at FlickrHQ have made Flickr more user friendly(read as, Dumbed Down)- https://www.flickr.c...show embed link

Not sure if there is a current workaround Tim. You could have a poke about in their App Garden< https://www.flickr.com/services/ >to see if one of the Slide show generators can still work for you.


Personally I detest the new way Flickr does slide shows on site now, especially since I upload low res images. Grainy versions of my 'masterpieces' sliding across my screen at awkward angles 

making a mockery of my compositions really leaves me cold.




#344531 Four crabs and a shrimp (should that be a movie title?)

Posted by JimSwims on 15 March 2014 - 10:33 PM

Hi Fabian,


looks like you had a great trip!


1. Cinetorhynchus hendersoni.


2. Not a lot to go by for me on that left crab, the right one is a Trapezia tigrina.


3. Squat Lobster, Galathea sp.


4. Soft Coral Crab, Hoplophrys oatesii.





#343858 Tube worm burrow?

Posted by JimSwims on 27 February 2014 - 01:48 AM

It's the egg ring or sand collar from a Sand Snail aka Moon Snail, family Naticidae.




#343381 WTB :D90 housing ikelite / D80 / D70s with strobe - full set

Posted by JimSwims on 15 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

I have a Nexus D90 housing package available in Australia. Haven't got around to listing it here on Wetpixel as initially trying

to sell within Australia first.


See here for my listing on DiveOz- http://www.diveoz.co...egory.asp?cat=9




#338314 D7100 or D600

Posted by JimSwims on 18 October 2013 - 04:35 PM

I think Erik summarises things very well, although if you could afford a D800, new housing and replacing lens then go for it! Mind you I would personally 

never consider housing it in an Ikelite. As far as the speculation regarding the impending demise of DX, well it's just that; speculation.......


I have a D7100 now for topside nature images. I upgraded from the D7000 and I love it. Would love to house it and if I had the cash would do so.


Will the D7100 will be enough for you for a few years? That all depends on how well can you resist upgrading. There is no doubt it is an excellent crop

sensor DSLR capable of producing high quality images now and for as long as you continue to own and use it.




#337680 Asking for your views on strobes for Nikon D7000 in Nauticam Housing

Posted by JimSwims on 01 October 2013 - 03:53 PM

Hi Nick,


I use Z-240's with my D90 and cant fault them. Perfect for macro with very reliable STTL. The Ikes have a slight advantage

for Wide Angle but its not great enough for me to pay that much more and then have to lug them about on shore dives.


If you want to have a dedicated Macro rig then its worth looking at the Inon S2000 strobes mentioned by Tim.


There is also the Sea & Sea YS-D1, another compact and powerful strobe that might be worth considering.




#335367 First attempt at over under

Posted by JimSwims on 05 August 2013 - 04:12 AM

I think its a fair first effort and I do like the freshwater setting you have chosen.


On the critique side there is a lot of chroma. Would like to see it done with the sun behind you.




#334626 flamingo tongue mating??

Posted by JimSwims on 19 July 2013 - 11:37 PM

Tongue kissing?   :man_in_love: