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TimG

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#361404 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by TimG on 22 May 2015 - 02:41 AM

I'm not sure what you lads are taking up there in Lancaster, but here in Amsterdam I've just polished off an espresso....

 

I've never tried slow shutter twist n'roll. But it sounds amazing. I do know what you mean though. I've taken several pics where I've deliberately shot for just some small detail in a fish (fins of zebra lion fish are some of may favourite) because, for me, they capture the colour and beauty of the underwater world. For me they are pieces of art. I'm sure twist n'roll can be the same.

 

Are you/we enhancing natural beauty or distorting it? Who cares. Do you like what you have achieved? Does it give you pleasure? Isn't that what it's all about: creating something which brings you - and hopefully others - joy?

 

Totally agree on the art v sales thought. I can sell a woman-diver-on-a-wreck shot. But the incredible colours in a fin? Not so much. Maybe in the days of Athena Arts I might have..... So those are for me. Those are the ones that make me smile. But then I do smile when I see the woman-diver image sell.

 

Life eh? Grab an espresso, Adam.  :crazy:  Or is one man's espresso another man's Nescafe?




#361400 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by TimG on 21 May 2015 - 11:45 PM

Interesting thought, Adam.

 

But define "creative". Can't it all be a bit impressionistic? How we as individuals want to see something? What may seem an enhancement to one person might seem like manipulation to another? I'm sure we all have loads of pics which we think are great and creative and others think are rubbish or "unrealistic". You might like van Gogh but hate Picasso. They are both done with a brush and a paint set. And an idea.

 

I think I might have to go and lie down after writing that. Or have another espresso.

 

I'm always delighted when someone sees one of my images and does the Wow-thing.  Even better if they want to buy a copy. So it has to be sharing.....




#361370 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by TimG on 20 May 2015 - 10:22 PM

Yeah, I think I'm with Steve: it's all about, for me, the love of the ocean and capturing images which make me smile with pleasure. If someone else likes them, so much the better. I do enjoy too the combination of art (pretentious, moi?) and technology. 

 

I've entered a couple of competitions, won or been placed in a couple of them; and sell a fair few pics every month - although I think the money I make from them barely pays for the electricity to power my iMac. But there it something very satisfying about other people appreciating what has taken so much time and effort to create.

 

I have nothing but admiration for someone (Adam) who is doing this to put food on the table. Damn hard way to make a living. Kudos to you!




#361336 padded wet bags for carrying housings in dive skiffs

Posted by TimG on 20 May 2015 - 01:29 AM

I suggested this in another thread:

 

I usually buy a cheap plastic laundry basket from a local hardware store for $4-$5 wherever I go diving. Great for carrying my gear around, gives it some protection even on the back seat of a car or on a RIB; the baskets even have automatic, water self-emptying technology. Pretty useless as rinse tanks though - although, although, if you scrounge a bin liner from somewhere, line it inside (that's important, it must go INSIDE) the laundry basket, then voilà, you now have your own fully purpose-built, individual rinse tank. Great on those busy dive boats!

 

At the end of a trip I gift it to some worthy cause.

 

So, check that out for hitting all the buttons: carrying case, rinse tank, always the latest model, available in range of colours - and a charitable donation.

 

Gentlemen, Ladies, I give you the Laundry Basket (© all rights reserved)   :crazy:




#360741 Unusual perspective - why does this work?

Posted by TimG on 03 May 2015 - 02:50 AM

Yeah. It's the solitary and loneliness of the diver against the blue depths - with the bubbles and school of fish placing him in the location. The neutral space blue only enhances the smallness of man against the enormity of his environment.

I think Jacques Cousteau may have said that only with a Gallic accent: Ze ehnormatee ov ze bluuu depss onleh increeses ze sehnz ov
Lohnlinesss.

I like it too. Maybe we are both insane.


#360605 Photos from Turks & Caicos. Need help improving

Posted by TimG on 28 April 2015 - 11:42 PM

Hi snowscuba

 

Yeah, totally understand on the "easier said than done" thing! I guess that is what makes this all so fun - and so frustrating at the same time.

 

On the 2 shark pics (top row ones, I'm assuming), it's going to be difficult to get more out of that image as the shark is so close to the reef and therefore isolating it to increase its impact is tricky. If you had Lightroom you could use the radial filter to decrease the sharpness and contrast of the reef - and increase the same for the shark. I'm sure you can do this in Photoshop too - although I'm not sure how (I've given up using PS now and stick with LR). I'm sure there are Wetpixelers who can help with advice on Aperture.

 

You might also want to try white balancing the sand at the bottom of the image to see what the impact of that might be to try and get some colour back into the image. It's very blue at the moment.

 

It may also be worth cropping the image too just above the line of the two rocks that stick up in the foreground - once, I'd suggest, you have the white balance set. This might highlight the shark a bit more.

 

Bottom line though, and if I may go back to what I said with my earlier suggestions, it can be very hard to transform an image in post-production if the essentials aren't great to start with. So Composition is King. And then you are right too, of course: easier said than done..... Sometimes that shot-in-a-lifetime is not going to be perfect and you just have to live with what you can get.

 

Hey, watcha gonna do, eh? That's why we all spend a fortune, lug tons of gear around the world, flood our most expensive possessions with sea water, spend hours glued to a computer screen, seek answers to eternal questions on Wetpixel, give up in frustration. Then start all over again. 

 

:crazy:




#360496 Wearing B/C on airliner

Posted by TimG on 26 April 2015 - 08:37 PM

If you do, please post a photo......


#360234 Nauticam Carbon Fibre Float arms

Posted by TimG on 18 April 2015 - 02:04 AM

Ahhh, yes, 60m.... I'm not sure I'd regain shape after a 60m dive  :crazy:




#360232 Nauticam Carbon Fibre Float arms

Posted by TimG on 18 April 2015 - 01:19 AM

I was interested by the comments from eyu and Richard (the trickster) not the Stix floats.

 

I bought my Stix floats off a colleague of Ryan's when he visited KBR in 2010 - so then they were second hand. I must have done about 700-800 dives with them and haven't seen signs of post-dive compression or lack of buoyancy. Maybe I've just been lucky with them. They have probably never been below 32m but they are often in the 25m-30m range.




#360204 Car wax for your camera housing??? Whaaaa

Posted by TimG on 17 April 2015 - 03:40 AM

I've used Salt-x in the past.

 

I can't honestly say that I could see any difference between using that and warm water and white vinegar. And the white vinegar is easy to find in the supermarket and it's cheap. You can put the difference in price to a nice bottle of wine which you can drink whilst you clean your housing. 




#360096 Betty Bomber - Truk

Posted by TimG on 15 April 2015 - 07:18 AM

Wow, amazing that it is natural light. I'm impressed!




#360044 Betty Bomber - Truk

Posted by TimG on 14 April 2015 - 10:19 AM

Nice video, Dustin

 

Yeah, divers in shot can be a mixed blessing. I shoot stills and with a fisheye lens on my camera, "bike riders" or those who dive with their legs bent constantly at 90 degrees from the knee are a real pain! Stop it, you people!

 

My partner has become an excellent model: hanging-in the water-column, legs elegantly elongated, lovely green eyes looking at the subject, gently exhaling a stream of perfectly rounded bubbles... and bingo, into view hoves Mr or Ms Bike Rider. ARGH. 

 

We have thought about putting together a PADI Specialty Course: Underwater Modelling. It's tempting to make it compulsory. At least then we can get perfectly poised divers in shot.

 

(Sorry, not trying to hijack your post)




#359988 xenia crabs: two for the price of one

Posted by TimG on 13 April 2015 - 06:50 AM

Thanks a lot guys, you've given some great ammunition. If only I had not just ordered a new BCD and air integrated computer . . . clearly my prioritization of life support over imaging needs a rethimk!

 

Tsk. After all we have done for you too..... how selfish  :crazy:

 

Have fun with the new gear!




#359831 Are you happy you changed from DX to FX?

Posted by TimG on 09 April 2015 - 07:52 AM

Hi NEWreckdiver

 

A couple of thoughts on your (excellent) spreadsheet: I wouldn't assume an 8" dome with the Nikkor 16-35. I found I had to go with the 9" on my Subal system at significant extra cost and weight.

 

One way of cutting down on cost and weight is to switch from a 16-35 to a 15mm (Sigma) or 16mm (Nikon) FE. No need for an EXR, no diopter and 8" dome work soft sure. And either the 15 or 16mm is cheaper than the 16-35.




#359813 Should i get a fisheye?

Posted by TimG on 09 April 2015 - 03:32 AM

Meanwhile as Trickster gets his coat, Alex is lost for words, Storker wrestles with First World Problems... an FE lens dealer in deepest Norway is wrapping a package... Mirrorless???? Ha! Sigma or Nikon? Cat amongst pigeons

Just get it ordered, Storker. Mrs Storker will never hear about it from us....