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mcliffy2

Member Since 20 Jun 2009
Offline Last Active Sep 29 2014 07:59 PM
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Macro lens for Raja Ampat liveaboard?

22 September 2014 - 11:59 AM

I'm wondering what lenses to take for my Raja Ampat liveaboard.  I have a Canon 100mm 2.8L macro, and a Tokina 10-17 w/ 1.4 teleconverter for CFWA.  My biggest question, is whether I should add the Canon 60mm macro to my lens collection for this trip?  

 

Some background -- I shoot a Canon 7D in Aquatica housing with dual S&S 110a strobes.  Since switching to a DSLR, I've mostly done big animal photography.  I've only done one trip where I actually used my 100mm macro (Sipadan & Philippines), and I had results I was happy with. (This trip was four years ago.)  I'm thinking of taking a tripod to try and do some macro video, and wondering if the 60mm will be better for this than the 100mm, or whether the working distance of the 100mm will be better for video.


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.

 

http://www.edgedivet...euslightx2.html

 

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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.  

 

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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.