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In Topic: DIY rebuild

19 January 2015 - 12:30 PM

Hey Stoo,


I was in the same boat not that long ago - my A7D was as long over-due as your housing! Anyway, I sent it in Aquatica and they did an amazing job! They even replaced the somewhat scratched back LCD window! My housing came back looking, and working, like brand new. Definitely worth it for me! 



In Topic: Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

13 January 2015 - 04:50 PM

Hi Folks,


As usual, I'm humbled by the images that get posted here! While against my personality, I'm going to knowingly break the rule as well! I'm posting two of my favourite images from 2014.


The first is an image from a cave diving trip to Tulum back in March. The image was made with one strobe, fired with a 15' extension cord so as to remove me (the photographer) from the image as much as possible (didn't need to slave it off another strobe). It was taken in a passage called "River Run" where a layer of freshwater sits on top of the infiltrating seawater. It is a magical experience diving this passage, and I hope the image offers some sense of it.




The second image was made at Whytecliff Park, a little closer to home, and a popular Vancouver, BC dive site. The site is located on a fiord and as such, has a steeply sloping wall that starts in 20-30' and plunges down to over 700'. The cloud sponges, the main subject of the image, start at about 100' and are a favourite with technical divers. This image is actually the start of a little project to shoot the sponges with tech divers... if we ever get our winter vis!




Thanks for looking!



In Topic: Mounting ideas for a slave strobe?

19 December 2014 - 05:45 PM

Hi Don,


When I started shooting in caves about four years ago, I tried mounting remote strobes between the doubles on my model(s) and quickly found that it limited my creativity, not only with the lighting, but also the type of shots I could make. Tank mounted lighting really only works (if one likes the lighting that tank mounted strobes produce) with "diver facing you" shots. It took a little trial and error (all done in open water!) but I settled - and my models preferred, hand-held slave strobes. Nothing is attached to the diver so in the event of a more pressing need, the strobe can be simply dropped. I had a short aluminum handle made that has the Ikelite strobe attachment end and then used the now-discontinued Ikelite EV Controller to trigger the strobe. There may be more elegant solutions to firing the slave with other types of strobes. However, the advantage of the controller is that its adjustable in terms of position. So, with the strobe (on the handle) being held by the diver (in the left hand, when shooting) the strobe can be pointed in almost any direction - so now I have options with front-facing, back-lit shots, from the back looking into the cave shots and almost everything in between in terms of shooting angles.  


I use one strobe (usually turned down in terms of power so as not to over do the foreground in an effort to reduce my (the photographer's) "footprint" in the photo, and the divers get to angle and position themselves for the shot with a lot of flexibility.


Here's a photo that illustrates my description:




And here's a photo of the remote strobe rig...



Hope that helps! Best of luck with your cave photography!



In Topic: My first magazine... and a brochure!

03 December 2014 - 12:40 PM

Congrats! Nice work!

In Topic: Ikelite 161 or something else?

19 November 2014 - 01:12 PM

If I were to do it again, I might be tempted to try other strobes - mostly because the DS-160/161's are big and heavy. However, I've shooting with a pair of DS160's (essentially the same strobe as a DS-161) for a little over five years - in caves, wrecks, warmwater (without gloves) and coldwater (with dry gloves) and neither one has ever let me down. They are powerful enough for almost anything, absolutely durable and simple to use/operate - either in TTL mode or manual. Again, it is the size and weight I find a bit cumbersome at times. Unfortunately I don't have any experience with any other strobes.