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In Topic: Papua New Guinea - Milne Bay gallery

Yesterday, 04:23 PM

Great work, as always.  You guys captured some amazing diversity.  Thanks for sharing these shots.


It's very hard to pick favorites, but the free-swimming seahorse is an awesome shot (and it must have been very difficult to seize just that moment).  I really like the vertical version of the pink anemone fish against the green/purple anemone as that is a composition i have had in mind for a long time but haven't found in the wild yet. The little bobtail resting on the substrate is also excellent as those guys are usually so skittish I can barely get one frame before they bury themselves in fright.  Well done on all of them!

In Topic: Anilao Nudibranchs EM10, 60mm

Yesterday, 02:55 PM

Nice shots.  I especially like the third one of the flabellina as they are usually entangled in something and hard to isolate visually.


Composition with nudis can be tricky.  Shooting down at the reef almost guarantees distracting backgrounds. Often though you can find them in a spot that allows you to get lower and eliminate some of the background. I've also been trying larger apertures  to blur the background.  Here's two examples from last weekend (also at Anilao) that are not particularly brilliant but show what I am trying:







In Topic: Sea & Sea / Inon reliability - opinions

23 November 2015 - 11:49 PM

What kind of photos do you mostly shoot?  If macro or close focus wide angle where you only need to illuminate the immediate foreground, the S2000 is a great choice considering you have a compact setup.  That's what I've been using for years, with two different Olympus cameras, with 100% reliability no problems of any kind.  A visual inspection is all you need to confirm a proper seal.  But if you shoot wide angle, then go for more power. My bias tells me that the Z240 is practically a standard for good reason. 

In Topic: What else do I need?

12 November 2015 - 02:22 PM

Yep, strobes for sure.  Plus a tray, arms, clamps to hold them.  There's not much point upgrading your camera but then relying only on ambient light, especially if you want to shoot macro as your plans for a Subsee indicate.  


How about a lens too?  Just kidding, I guess you plan to use the Olympus 12-50 mm.  If you really do want to shoot macro with that Subsee, I found the combination with that Olympus lens to be not worthwhile.  Have a look at these comparisons:




I moved to the Olympus 60mm macro lens and have been much happier.

In Topic: Need feedback: newbie with new equipment

06 November 2015 - 02:23 PM

I am not familiar with Oly viewer so can't help you there, sorry.  Just adding contrast to that image is likely to lose the shadows, I think.  In Lightroom there are sliders for exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks; these are the typical order I will make adjustments. If you have other software available see what it offers