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In Topic: Why do you shoot underwater?

Yesterday, 07:11 PM

Awesome photos Tim.


Perhaps it reflects the diving I'm doing at the moment, but I find that I'm shooting to tell the story of the dive trip. Which means not just the underwater pretty shots, but also the getting in/getting out images, and getting prepared images, and all the bits that go with it. The shots of sea lions playing underwater that I took on the weekend are nice, but having the shot of the boat we got there on, and going snorkelling to get the shot of the sea lions hauling out when they got bored, and the shot of them harassing divers underwater for fun - all those images are part of communicating the experience of diving with sea lions.


I'm definitely driven by sharing what I'm taken. As well as showing what we saw when we got there, I want to show how we did the dives, the effort that went in, and the fun that was had between times. To tell the story to those who may not have the chance to experience the same.

In Topic: my half-life as an underwater photographer

Yesterday, 07:04 PM

Very cool shots. I really like the Raja Ampat windows from last year.


I was flicking through and trying to calculate how many from each year. Do you feel your hit rate of "keepers" or even "favourites" has increased over time?

In Topic: Expose to the right?

Yesterday, 07:00 PM

Interesting topic. I find I'm much more tolerant of too dark spots in my final images than I am of blown out highlights. As such I tend to take the highlights as far up as I'm comfortable with and use that as my measure of the "correct" exposure in camera. Then I routinely pull the highlights back just a little bit using Lightroom. I also think that overly dark images in camera can often reveal way too much backscatter when lightened up afterwards. 


And the fact that I'm normally shooting in the dark means the glowing camera screen can make the image reviews look brighter than they are. After tripping over that fact a few times I now try to increase the exposure in camera to compensate, especially when I've just taken a shot I really like. 


So overall yes, I do aim for exposure a little bit right of the middle, but not particularly far. I like your post-processing Erin - a good view of leaving the subject bright and clear and pulling the background down a bit.

In Topic: Recommend a full frame Canon rectilinear lens ?

17 May 2015 - 07:36 PM

Just saw this on Gumtree: http://www.gumtree.c...fer-/1074452067


No affiliation with the seller! But I find a few interesting things pop up on there from time to time.

In Topic: Recommend a full frame Canon rectilinear lens ?

17 May 2015 - 07:34 PM

Aquatica and an 8" plastic dome with extra scratches in it. You can definitely see them in those cave pics I linked...might be time for (yet another) new dome port. I'm also very interested in what Alex M is doing with the converter ports, would be great to see that commercialised or at least slightly more available. At the moment I usually shoot above f8 to ensure sharpish corners.


If the ikelite port extensions are the same for whatever you get and the 14mm I would definitely hire one for certain jobs. There are times when you can't back up any further and the extra field of view makes a difference. And maybe consider ex-rental or the secondhand market for cheap sources?