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In Topic: Underwater World of Anilao

06 July 2015 - 04:47 PM

nice work

In Topic: Am I missing something? - Galapagos

06 July 2015 - 06:28 AM

To be honest, when I was there the current wasn't so bad, we had loads of hammers and 13 whalesharks during our time in Wolf and Darwin (it was first week of Nov) I don't recall if it was half moon or not but the currents were nothing compared to Blue Corner or the Tuamotus or Komodo or such.. I would have no hesitation bringing the DSLR rig with me on the dives.  However, saying that, currents change all the time and you will just need to look at the conditions before dive time and make the decision then.  I would certainly bring the whole rig so as not to avoid disappointment..  Bring a good reef hook

In Topic: The Flying Snakes of Gili Manuk

06 July 2015 - 05:30 AM

i like the shot where the snakes swim into the diver legs and scare the heck out of him! hahaha

In Topic: How do I avoid my wife murdering me when I come home with two more YS-250Pro...

09 June 2015 - 06:37 AM

I have always just avoided marriage, easier that way!

In Topic: Life of a Strobe?

09 June 2015 - 06:35 AM

I have a pair of YS 120s that I bought new in 2001, I have probably had them in the water for something like 5000 dives.  They started acting up in 2009 (shooting too hot even on 1/2 power) so I had them serviced and they have been fine since.  So yes, I think a servicing is a good idea, you will get many more years out of those strobes, they are fantastic strobes.  They are very powerful as well.  But.. it could be something else such, most likely your distance from the subject.  Any strobe is only good to about 6 feet (2 metres) from the subject underwater (and that is only if it's paired with the correct f-stop)  I think you need to start your investigation with distances and f-stops (and ISOs) before we can properly diagnose the issue.  At f5.6 and ISO 100 with the strobes on full power you should be able to illuminate the reef from 5 feet away no problem at all.  At f22 and ISO 100 with strobes on full power then you will still overexpose somewhat at f22 from 1 foot away.  However, there is no way you are going to illuminate the reef from 3-4 feet away on f22.


What f stop settings are you using for what distances away from your subject and what strobe power?  If you have your f-stop at f22 and you are 3 - 4 feet away from your subject you won't be able to light it properly..  So if you can post some examples of your underexposed photos with all info such as distance from subject, fstop, ISO, and strobe power that would help us try to figure out the issue