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In Topic: 3 From Frederiksted Pier

15 August 2015 - 07:03 PM

Got some feedback from a Flickr power user on #3. Trivia Shell , the closest match being (Pusula pediculus) (http://www.jaxshells.org/pp20.htm). Reading on Wiki, it says that Trivia shells are also known as Cowries in the UK. So much to learn! Thanks!

In Topic: OMD-EM1 using lcd screen or viewfinder?

31 July 2015 - 07:53 AM

Using the EM10 as well - in a Nauticam with the stock viewfinder. I really like the flexibility of having both. My close vision is also starting to slip, so the viewfinder very helpful with that. I also find myself using the viewfinder more often to check focus on macro. For wide angle, the lcd seems to work well. I have enabled the super control panel for changing settings. Even though the SCP works fine in the viewfinder, I have to rely on the lcd for that, since the setup is so compact I can't have it up to my face and have room to manipulate the SCP. Maybe more practice. The way that the EM10 sits in the Nauticam, the lcd is tilted back a little. I find this very useful if trying to shoot into more crevice-type areas (holding the housing more at arms' length).

In Topic: Olympus 60mm First time shooting - tips?

29 July 2015 - 08:36 AM

I just got back from shooting this for a week in St. Croix. I didn't get a chance to use the CMC much, but the included Rhinophores shot used it (the body of the nudi was illuminated from within). I found the CMC difficult to work with, but it was my first time. The distance from port glass to subject is a few cm at most. I think using .19-.40 would be a good idea if you knew you were shooting only CMC, but otherwise the hunting wasn't too bad on .19-infinity. I left mine on .19 to infinity because I wasn't sure what I would encounter. I've included examples of the range of the lens. I was quite pleased with it overall. Of course, I wouldn't recommend trying to shoot sharks with it, but I figured - we had 5 sharks chasing us back to the shallows and circling, so why not try to get a few shots in??  :)


In Topic: Clear Lake, Oregon

27 July 2015 - 08:35 AM

Thanks for posting. I have always wondered what it would be like to dive Clear Lake since visiting there almost 20 years ago. I don't own a drysuit, so I'll never find out. But hiking around the lake ranks up there for the most beautiful days I've spent in Oregon. 

In Topic: Photos from Turks & Caicos. Need help improving

24 July 2015 - 08:32 AM

It looks like the SP350 can shoot in RAW format. If you're not shooting RAW, definitely do that. Aperture should be able to process the RAW ORF files and the RAW format will give you much more latitude for color and exposure adjustments. Every gallery I put together from trips, though, there are some shots in there for reasons of posterity and not because they're great pics. I want to remember and prove to myself that I actually saw a Guilded Pipefish, even though I'm not pleased with my picture of it. I think you just have to make peace with that. 


Even with RAW, it's not possible to create red where none was recorded by the sensor. Or, if you do create red, it ends up looking really fake. So, don't be afraid to experiment with other treatments for shots from afar (attached). 


But, as Tim pointed out, there really is no substitute for getting close. Getting close solves all kinds of problems. Easier said than done, of course.