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Cooling Filters for Ikelite Strobes

12 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

I have been shooting with Ikelite DS125 and now DS161 strobes for a few years now. I currently shoot mostly WA and for which I like the warm temperature of the Ikelite strobes. Now I am starting to shoot some macro and I find the warmer temperature of the Ikelite too harsh for macro and everyshot requires post editing to remove the yellowish tint the Ikelite strobes add to ther image.


Now I know that people that own Inon Z240 and similar strobes add a warming filter (slight yellow tint filter) to them to decrease the temperature for WA work. So on the reverse side is there a suggested filter to add to the Ikelites to increase their temperature (e a slight blue tint) for macro? I know I can adjust temperature post edit but I prefer an easier option to reduce workload and to get the best image possible stright out of the camera.


Any ideas much appreciated.


Regards Mark

For Sale: I-Torch Video Pro 4 video/focus LED light 1400 lumens

09 August 2013 - 04:08 AM

I have put my used but in excellent condition I-Torch video pro 4 on Ebay to fund my upgrade to the I-Torch video 6.


These lights retail for $499usd new and I started the auction at $250aud. Open to offers also.


Here is the link to my auction: http://www.ebay.com....984.m1558.l2649


Here is a link to a review of the light: http://www.divephoto...o4-video-light/


Regards Mark


Grey Nurse Shark Rescue

26 July 2013 - 03:28 AM




It basically started out as what I do almost everyday and that is go out and take photos/video for myself and for the Diveshop I also work for (Sundive, Byron Bay).  In recent weeks we started to see you annual aggregation of Grey Nurse Shark which move into Julian Rocks Marine park over the Winter and Spring months.  With the Grey Nurse Shark here on the East Coast of Australia being classsed as a Critically endangered species we are fortunate enough to get close interaction with good numbers of the Sharks in a small area around Julian Rocks. I have seen how even in recent years the numbers of sharks that visit increase from only a handful to numbers which are hard to count  (as you can see with the video clip posted above showing the amount of Sharks in a un cropped 5minute clip). From my posting of Video and stills on Sundives Facebook page which also included shots of GNS which had large stainless steel circle hooks:




From these stills and video above the staff from Sea World on the Gold Coast decided that they would come down and check if the animals are still in the area. Couplr of dives later and we confirmed that the two GNS where infact still in the area and the rescue mission was given the go ahead for the next day.  Here is a few photos of that event taken from my iphone as I had my camera housed as a backup camera.



Heading down to Julian rocks onboard the Sea World research and rescue boat.



Back of the boat waiting for divers to return after the first attempt of capture.



2.4m Male captured after a 10 minute fight from being lassoed



Shark with a stainless circle hook from commerical long line fishers



The size of the hook removed after bolt cutters where used



It was actually an amazing story to have one of your photos start something like this rescue and to be able to be there through the whole event. 


Regards Mark


Shark deterrent wetsuits

19 July 2013 - 07:38 PM

I came accross this company recently and was kind of shocked by the whole idea of these suits and the use of marketing to promote them as a much safer product to deter Shark attacks.


Have a look at their website. At first I thought it was a joke but it is actual company that is seriously trying to market these wetsuits to the general public.




I had to laught at the comment that if you wear the diving camo suit that you be "hidden" underwater. 


The scary part of it is people will believe the marketing and buy and suit thinking that they are safer.


Regards Mark