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#370248 "Exchange" - Nembrotha chamberlaini nudibranchs mating

Posted by troporobo on 08 February 2016 - 04:00 AM

Nick, that is fantastic footage!  Thanks a lot for posting it.


Coincidentally, I shot this pair two weeks ago, also at Twin Rocks in Anilao.  I have yet to observe mating, but like to think that these two were engaging in a little courtship prior to the deed:



#370076 Perfect destination with good underwater conditions

Posted by troporobo on 04 February 2016 - 04:08 AM

Dude, seriously, its time for a reality check.  You identify as someone afraid of the sea and life within it, you don't know how to get your head below the surface, you don't know what equipment is required to take the kind of images you like, you haven't even tried in a pool, and you're shopping for exotic destinations?


Start with some basics in your local pool and see if this is for you. People here are a wealth of info but you really need a starting point, which is not yet evident. 


EDIT: Re-reading this, it sounds harsher than I intended. What I should have said is that you can easily try out what you want to accomplish in your local pool, determine if you want to develop the skills to get better and if your equipment will do what you want.  After you get some practice, your chances of a rewarding time when you finally get to that perfect destination will be a lot higher and you won't be as likely to be frustrated or burn up your vacation time learning what you can do at home first. 

#369928 Critique

Posted by troporobo on 01 February 2016 - 05:46 AM

Click on an image in your Flickr album.  Somewhere in the procedure will be an option to choose a size, something like 800x600 is good for web sharing. Then at the bottom right will be the "share" button (looks like an arrow). It will pop up a dialog box. Copy the code.  Come back here, click the photo button in the tool bar. Paste the code. Save.  If you've done it right, the image is now linked and will show up in your post. 


I think I've outlined that correctly, but I can't check as I'm in China this week and Flickr is blocked, so I can't look at your album directly. 

#369767 Decided on a new micro 4/3 setup now need help deciding on which camera?

Posted by troporobo on 27 January 2016 - 04:53 PM

I agree, the 12-50 lens in 43mm macro mode is pretty good.  I eventually switched to the 60 lens because I regularly have great opportunities to shoot really small stuff (pygmies, xenias, anemone shrimp, etc).


I assume you are interested in minimum working distance, as the maximum is of course infinity. The table in my comparison shows the minimum distance from the front of the port. 


I found when testing other wet diopters that the results varied widely even for those with the same nominal power. so you really need to test the combination. 

#369510 A different look at Octopuses

Posted by troporobo on 21 January 2016 - 01:48 AM

Wow.  Just wow.  You both deserve awards for this!


BTW since you asked for opinions, I will share one.  The time shifting feels a little too artificial to me.  I think I understand why you played with the speed, to match the soundtrack (which you did very well) but I would have preferred real time.  That said, it works great as is! 

#369340 So I won a pretty substantial prize package for a photo contest

Posted by troporobo on 15 January 2016 - 02:41 PM

I hate to be "that guy" and I generally give the benefit of doubt, but this has my spidey senses tingling. The OP joined, posted this, then immediately put everything up for sale. Those are his only posts. The photos are surprisingly crappy for an "award winning" photographer. There is no info about the alleged contest that I can find through a search. I hope this cynicism is unfounded . . . 

#369116 Great Lakes, not so exotic but worth it just the same!

Posted by troporobo on 09 January 2016 - 03:41 PM

Such a trip would have never even occurred to me but wow, that does look fascinating.  Excellent pics, thanks for sharing.

#368977 Upgrading from compact to 4/3 or dslr - advice needed pls

Posted by troporobo on 05 January 2016 - 04:30 PM


So useless to upgradde from a Panasonic 7-14 f/4 to an Olympus 7-14 f/2.8 lens then...


Well, unless you also use your camera on land!  The images I've seen on non-UW reviews have me convinced that the Oly is superior for landscapes

#368840 Double or single ball arm?

Posted by troporobo on 02 January 2016 - 04:38 PM

I interpret the question of whether you need one arm per strobe, or two arms per strobe.  If this is what you meant, then I suggest that yes you do need two arms. With one arm per side it is impossible to get the strobes in close to the port for CFWA work.  With two arms per side it is possible to also get the strobes further away from the port which is necessary to maximize coverage and minimize backscatter with the fisheye lens.  Finally, depending on your strobes, carrying the camera to and from the boat is awkward with only one arm per side, while two arms allow you to tuck them in close and compact. Arms and clamps are not expensive, and having two per side allows much greater flexibility in light placement, so why not have them?

#368792 nudibranch experts: help ID a flabellina

Posted by troporobo on 01 January 2016 - 04:17 AM

I found this tiny nudi yesterday in Anilao.  It was less then 10mm long, on a wall between 8-10 m.  There was a current so I didn't get a good chance to work on a better image in profile (nor get really sharp focus!).  Anyway, at first I thought it might be f. exoptata which I have seen around here regularly but now I am fairly sure it is not.  The closest I can find on Nudipixel is f. cynara or f. arveloi but neither seem correct and the range of those two is nowhere near here.  Maybe this is a juvenile?  Help with an ID much appreciated!



#368418 I need advice about wet lenses for my NA-RX100IV housing. (please advise)

Posted by troporobo on 19 December 2015 - 05:38 AM

Most direct advice I can offer: the sooner you move past wanting to shoot macro + wide angle + video on the same dive with the same rig, the better.   


Yes it is technically possible. No it will not lead to optimal results. Why?  IMO it is more about mindset and technique than equipment.  if you go down wanting to capture everything you come across, your images may be rushed and mediocre.  If you go down configured for a particular scenario, you can make the most of it when you find it and although you will miss some shots you will maximize others. 


I tried it for a long time.  When I finally accepted this advise and concentrated on one thing per dive, my satisfaction with the results went up a lot.

#368130 OMD EM-1 in Nauticam housing with Nauty Viewfinder - viewing pics though LCD...

Posted by troporobo on 09 December 2015 - 09:07 PM

There is a button to the left of the LCD that looks like a rectangle with a vertical line on either side, something like this: I [] I.  That's the "live view" control.  It switches between the viewfinder and the LCD. 

#367752 Rolling in the Deep - Eastern Papua

Posted by troporobo on 01 December 2015 - 07:09 AM

Absolutely stunning macro work! Your stability at this magnification is amazing - please share how you manage to get your subjects to cooperate while you set up!

The mantis is terrific but I'm going to go with the skeleton shrimp as my favorite in this clip.

Thanks once again for posting such inspiration.

#367453 Papua New Guinea - Milne Bay gallery

Posted by troporobo on 24 November 2015 - 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!

#367444 Anilao Nudibranchs EM10, 60mm

Posted by troporobo on 24 November 2015 - 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: