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In Topic: Dome port reflection?

Yesterday, 07:43 AM

Yep, I have the same problem with a Sigma 15mm and a Subal 230 dome.


I thought I'd tape over the area on the lens with electrical tape.

In Topic: What Phillipines Shrimp? Miopontonia yongei?

24 August 2016 - 11:24 PM

Hey Karen


You've got some pretty neat pics from SE Asia dives. Just a suggestion, it might be worth getting yourself a copy of Andre and Antonella Ferrari's book, "A diver's guide to underwater Malaysia, Macrolife", ISBN 983-2731-00-3


I think you'll find a good few of the critters you are trying to identify in there.

In Topic: Feedback on camera gear upgrades

24 August 2016 - 05:32 AM

Yep, pretty annoying if the arms keep bending!

Unlike most of u/w photo gear, arms can be one of the few things you only need buy once - or maybe twice for you!
When I started out back in the mists of time, I was recommended to get ULCS. 17 or so years later they are still going strong and have done well over 1400 dives. Well worth a look if you're in the market and they're often on sale in the Classifieds.

Yep, a second strobe may well help spread the light and illuminate the foreground. But, as I say, I can recommend using a lot of ambient light metering - and then the strobes as a highlighter.

In Topic: Travel with a back up camera body?

24 August 2016 - 04:10 AM

Elmer also forgot to mention his MacBook Pro died in Philippines (I think it was Philippines) and he had to replace it there or no photo processing.




Thanks, Andy


So he is jinxed then?


Despite a highly persuasive post above.

In Topic: Feedback on camera gear upgrades

24 August 2016 - 02:32 AM


I though it just worth making the point that while, yes, two strobes are better than one, you don't always need two strobes for a wide-angle shot.

My experience, using Inon Z240 strobes, is that you can never "light" a wide-angle shot with strobes - even two of them. You need, I'd suggest, to expose for ambient light and use strobe(s) to highlight one specific part of the reef or wreck. I'd suggest something particularly colourful.

I often find that this means I've got both my strobes on the same side of the housing aimed at a relatively small patch of reef. I sometimes find I turn off a strobe if I don't use both one the same side - rather than having it shooting out into the blue and lighting particulant.

So, yep, two strobes are more versatile than one. But you can make one work if you pick the right composition.