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troporobo

Member Since 23 Jul 2010
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In Topic: Anilao - May 2015

05 July 2015 - 02:20 PM

Nice shot of that one with the lure waving about!  I know that they are out there, I just have not been lucky (or my DM / spotter is not looking the right way!) 

 

No luck this weekend either.  The habagat (SW monsoon season) has started so the weather is pushing straight at the peninsula, and shallow sites like Secret Bay are churned up with horrible vis.  We had much better conditions at the "offshore" sites like Kirby's Beatrice, and Sombrero, although also some of the strongest at-depth currents in a long while.  

 

Still, it was good to be in the water, and I found other nice subjects.  That's the thing about Anilao, almost no matter the conditions, there are accessible and productive sites available.


In Topic: The Flying Snakes of Gili Manuk

05 July 2015 - 02:12 PM

Oh, wow!  What a sight that must be.  They're everywhere and they're big.  Magnificent footage!  The monochrome still at 3:25 is very good too, I love the composition and sense of movement it captures.

 

The only time I have seen anything that comes remotely close is in Niue, where there are lots and lots of banded sea kraits, but they are smaller and tend to stay closer to the reef, except inside the sea caves where they swarm a bit.  But your experience is a whole new level. 


In Topic: mirrorless beginner

04 July 2015 - 09:50 PM

I have noticed that the 12-50 lens sells second hand for +/- $250.  I really want the superior optics of the 12-40 Pro for shooting above water.  So if there is a package that amounts to a decent discount on the 12-40, I'd get that setup and buy the 12-50 separately.  But that is considering how to optimize both land and water uses. 


In Topic: The Choice: Build Upon What I Have Or Start Afresh...?

03 July 2015 - 01:28 PM

My initial reaction would be to stick with the camera you know.  Shooting UW is a lot more complicated than on land, so minimizing the new variables ought to be attractive. And the 5D is going to produce better RAW images, no matter how good the RX is.

 

Don't forget to add the cost of ports and lighting to your calculations, and maybe lenses.  Since you mention landscapes, you may be looking at using a fisheye, which will require a large dome and may not be a lens that you use on land.

 

You don't mention how experienced you are as a diver.  UW photography dramatically increases your task loading and you need to be able to dive almost on autopilot before taking a camera under.  Ignore this advice if you have been diving a long time!


In Topic: Anilao - May 2015

03 July 2015 - 01:20 PM

I've never seen a rebreather in use at Anilao, but if anyone wanted tips, the folks at Nautilus Dive in Makati are keen users and would be sure to know