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troporobo

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#352777 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by troporobo on Today, 01:51 PM

Nice.  I'll have to try that setup with stills. Thanks for the tip.




#352720 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by troporobo on 19 September 2014 - 03:26 PM

Absolutely gorgeous work!  Thanks for posting.  I especially like the macro sequences at the beginning, they are so well lit.  Speaking of which, how did you light the anemone that begins at about 2:50 to look like it is glowing from within?




#350798 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by troporobo on 25 July 2014 - 05:51 AM

Are you sure you can't check baggage all the way through? I've done it after arriving at BNE on at least 4 different airlines. Just go to the transfer desk, show the bag claim number, and they do the rest. Seems weird that it would require entering Australia only to check in again, rather than going to the transfer desk while in transit. But I have not had to do this myself so can't be sure.

If you did have to go through immigration and customs with your luggage, check in upstairs, then go back through the process the other direction, 2 hours is comfortable. BNE is not large and rarely very congested, and once you're checked in you're safe.


#349318 Hairy frog fish right ???

Posted by troporobo on 22 June 2014 - 02:41 AM

Not sure, but I think you are right.  Anyway, that is a spectacular photo!  Very nicely lit for such a tough subject.  Where did you shoot it?

 

You have some very nice shots in your Flickr galleries also.  The porcelain crab on a blue anemone is really something.




#348803 2nd strobe on Nauticam NA-EM5: Where to mount the strobe arm?

Posted by troporobo on 07 June 2014 - 05:16 PM

There's some discussion and photos of alternative setups beginning in about the middle of page 12 of the massive EM-5 thread:

 

http://wetpixel.com/...mustard&page=12

 

I use the Flexitray with both handles, with the right handle moved tight against the housing.  I can shoot one handed like this fairly easily, and find it gives me better stability when shooting two handed.  But I am sure that using the M10 mount would also work just fine as long as the arms and clamps allow enough flexibility to position that right hand strobe. There is a photo of exactly that setup on p. 14 near the bottom




#347952 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by troporobo on 20 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

It will be negative, even with four Stix floats, but not so much that handling is impaired.  I shoot the same rig on 60-80 minute dives all the time with no fatigue 




#347951 Nauticam buoyancy help needed

Posted by troporobo on 20 May 2014 - 04:11 PM

I have almost the exact same rig , though with the 12-50 lens and zoom gear and flat port that are definitely heavier.  Even with 4 Stix jumbo floats its definitely negative.  I would like a little more flotation and will probably add 2 more of the same floats.  However I find the rig to be compact enough that handling is generally pretty good




#346667 Philippines recommendations

Posted by troporobo on 23 April 2014 - 05:28 PM

Thanks for the tip.  That's on the back side of Maricaban Island, right?  I'm not a cave diver so would not penetrate far, but maybe the entrance is interesting




#346559 Philippines recommendations

Posted by troporobo on 21 April 2014 - 04:28 PM

A cave in Anilao, really?  Where is that?  My DM has never mentioned such a site, so I'd like to check it out next weekend!




#346450 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by troporobo on 18 April 2014 - 05:31 PM

Good idea, but that route (and most others in PNG except to the Highlands and a handful of the other major destinations) are serviced by their Dash 8 aircraft, which is part of the reason they are strict on baggage.

 

The routes served by their F100 aircraft, including Madang and Kavieng and a few others, have an alleged "business" class but it's not much different from economy in terms of space so I don't bother, but the extra baggage allowance might make sense in some cases.




#346414 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by troporobo on 18 April 2014 - 12:38 AM

I put about US$20 in PNG kina in each front pant pocket and claim that's all I have.


These days PGK 20 (about USD 8) is unlikely to impress anyone enough to bend the rules. That's about the cost of 2 beers. I travel on short business trips without much luggage so have never tested it, but if I was hoping to get some favorable treatment, I would have considerably more in reserve.


#346413 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by troporobo on 18 April 2014 - 12:29 AM

I've always been able to check luggage through BNE to POM, arriving on either QF or SQ and departing on PX. One of them is an alliance partner, the other isn't, so I cannot imagine why it wouldn't be possible arriving on VA.

The transfer from one international flight to another has never taken me more than a few minutes, literally, so 2 hours is heaps. Security will not care about your photo gear. They might raise an eyebrow if you have an unusually large number or high capacity of Li batteries so you might check the limits on those.


#346397 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by troporobo on 17 April 2014 - 03:32 PM

Dustin - If you're worried about BNE, you won't be weighed there, as you will go through the transit procedures.  I do that flight quite frequently.  There is no check in for your BNE-POM flight, just a transfer desk and a security check.   I can't comment on LAX.  As others have noted, you will be weighed quite carefully for domestic flights in PNG as excess baggage is a revenue center for Air Niugini




#346359 Leak Sentinel from Vivid Housings

Posted by troporobo on 16 April 2014 - 09:18 PM

Another vote of thanks to Miso at Vivid - I got my Leak Sentinel this week and installed it this morning on a Nauticam EM-5 housing in less than 5 minutes.  First test went without a hitch.  I am very happy with the added peace of mind this will provide. 




#345923 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by troporobo on 09 April 2014 - 01:15 PM

Had a chance to look this morning - "MF Assist" is in the *A menu