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In Topic: Remote Strobe Trigger

11 July 2016 - 03:40 PM

I've used the 105s as off camera strobes. They were fine, just not as bright as my Z240s. I didn't use the on board sensor as they had Heinrich Weikamp RSUs attached to them at the time. I particularly liked the test function - I wish modern strobes had this available.

In Topic: Multi-exposure wreck shots. How?

27 June 2016 - 05:39 PM

Based on Facebook comments, I believe Pete is using video lights and a single exposure. He's swimming around the wreck and placing them while being able to see where the lights goes, then backing up and taking the photo. The key to this is not making a mess while swimming backwards and forwards through your scene! I reckon his great results wouldn't be possible on open circuit with bubbles knocking rust off the roof.


I prefer working with strobes for the increased power output but they can be fiddly to get placed in the right spot. I find co-operative and well-trained buddies to be the best way to position additional strobe lighting through dark places. Placing strobes on the wreck itself is hard work - lots of hot spots and dark spots.


While nowhere near as exciting as Pete's recent shots, here's what I achieved during a week in Truk in January with off-camera strobes on divers:


In Topic: Lauren_mackenzie.90 has some explanin' to do

09 June 2016 - 03:41 PM

That Orda Cave photo (by Vitya Lyagushkin I believe) is very famous. As well as being purchased by a couple of brands (Fourth Element springs to mind) it has been stolen by a bunch of websites. I would stick with stealing slightly more obscure photos myself. I guess they're not fussed about getting caught?

In Topic: Noisy 5Dmkiii?

31 May 2016 - 08:22 PM

Is that a 1:1 crop? Your pool shot looks more noisy that my 5DII at 400 (my normal ISO setting). Is it in focus? Correct dome extension?

In Topic: Why I don't cave dive (+link to BBC article)

09 May 2016 - 06:15 PM

Most cave diving is NOTHING like that. You are reading about a trip to Everest  and saying you could never take a walk in the park.

That's a good comparison, I like it.


130m deep and water temperatures close to freezing put this dive at the extreme end. I would much rather dive those conditions in a cave (predictable, no wildlife, no winds, waves or tides) than in the ocean. Cave diving allows for deco habitats, staging of spare gear and (in my experience) usually less pressure to get in the water at an exact time.


It's an interesting case because not getting the bodies out would have delayed large payments from a national insurance scheme to one of the widows for many years. It's hard to argue that they should have been left there. It also highlights that when expedition-level cave divers get themselves killed, the best placed people to do the recovery are often their friends. The authorities don't have the skill level to do it, and often don't have enough knowledge to determine how skilled the divers volunteering actually are.


Try to stay alive, everyone. Underwater body recoveries are no fun at all.