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Canon 7D Mk II compatibility with existing 7D housings?

15 September 2014 - 08:53 AM

This is always the pipe dream when a new camera is released.  At a quick glance the layout of buttons looks identical, so maybe there is a chance? Any further insights are appreciated.

new 50,000 lumen video light - enough to replace strobes?

12 March 2014 - 08:29 AM

Just noticed that Edge has released a new 50,000 lumen light, which, importantly, has a strobe setting.  Price aside, I'm wondering if two of these could feasibly replace my strobes for still photos.  Given the results I saw on an earlier thread testing 2x 19,000 lights (i.e., 38,000 total lumens) in strobe mode, it seems that two of these with a 100,000 lumen combined output would do the trick.





Galapagos 2013 Pictures

28 January 2014 - 08:15 AM

We had a fantastic trip to the Galapagos; truly the most spectacular big animal diving I've ever experienced.  Here are a few selections.  












Is there a place for Instagram-esque post processing in UW photography?

19 January 2014 - 07:54 AM

I'm curious what people think.  My personal view had been that Instagram degrades photos in a way that can admittedly look cool on very small screens (e.g., an iPhone), but in the end, was not something that was viable for "real" photography.


However, I recently purchased the Nik Collection of PS plug-ins.  There are many professional photographers that I admire (e.g., Tony Wu) who are big proponents of Nik.  Some of the filters in the Nik Collection, especially in Color Efex, reminded me a bit of Instagram.  I started playing with them and begrudgingly admit they are kinda fun, and I like some of the results, even if they aren't exactly "realistic."  Here's one sample of a photo I ran through the Detail Extractor in Color Efex (to bring out the texture in the water surface), and then a Sepia preset in Silver Efex.  It is a bit hyper-stylized, but I think I kinda like it, in a guilty-pleasure kind of way. 


So what do people think?  Is this type of Instagram-esque post-processing cheesy?  Or is it a viable way to add some variety to our UW photos?   I have thick skin -- its OK if the consensus hates this picture and everything like it.  I'm more just curious what people think on this topic.






For Sale -- Two iTorch Pro 6 video lights

20 December 2013 - 04:23 PM

I'm selling two iTorch Pro 6 video lights for $525 each, shipping within the US included.  These are in great condition and include the original packaging.  I purchased the lights last month and only used them on one dive trip (where I shot still photos half the time, and video the other half).  I'd estimate they have only been used on 12-15 dives.  I am selling because I want to purchase the iTorch Pro 7s, which weren't available in time for my last trip.  Pictures available on request.