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Near-surface shooting

10 February 2014 - 04:57 PM

I recently went cage shark diving in South Africa and below are a couple of examples of shots I got. I was shooting a Canon G12, RAW format, 1/250 shutter speed (messed around with this a bit and found this to work best) and auto ISO. Due to the nature of the cage diving, I was explicitly told I was not allowed to take strobes in with me. So it was just the camera, the housing, and the wide angle port attached to the housing.


I'm unhappy with the amount of backscatter present in the photos, so I'm just wondering if there's a way that might be avoided in the future should I do something similar? Are there more suitable camera settings I should consider? I would appreciate any constructive feedback!








G12 Settings Advice

16 January 2014 - 11:09 PM

Hi all,


I have a work trip to South Africa next week and have booked myself to go out on a great white shark diving trip next weekend on one of my days off. While I did ask about scuba diving, the answer was a resounding "no", that I had to stay in the cage, and that the only option aside from a snorkel or breath-hold was to use the hookah system from the boat. During the booking process, I asked about photography, and was told that while I could bring my camera, there was a very clear "no strobes or lights in the cage" policy. I assume this is partly due to space constraints, and partly because it might bother the sharks?


So I have my little G12 with a Recsea housing and a wide angle and a macro lens. I am intending to bring the camera, housing and the w/a lens...But am not so sure on the settings I should be using without strobes or a light? Has anybody done this kind of "near surface" diving before without additional lighting and have any suggestions? And if anybody's done this kind of cage shark dive before, should I leave the w/a lens at home and just stick to the regular flat port? 


Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated!