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experiment with selective colour - please critique

29 April 2016 - 10:30 PM

This experiment started with a desire to salvage a photo where the subject was well captured but the background was horrible and distracting.  I started to wonder about using the technique in a slightly more creative way to make a subject pop out more dramatically.  Most of these photos had in common a background very close in colour and texture to the the animal itself.  


My non-diving friends seem to like these, but divers and photographers mostly don't.  True, they are obviously artificial and are the sort of thing that you might find on a postcard in a seaside gift shop, but there is no attempt here to hide the technique.  On the other hand, we know what the environment should look like and it is disorienting to see monochrome coral, not to mention that eliminating colour selectively takes away from the wonderful demonstration of how some animals fit into their habitat so well. 


I wonder if anyone else thinks this could be an interesting effect if applied selectively from time to time?  Let me have your thoughts, and don't hold back!






Manufacturer ethics - when is it time to draw the line?

11 April 2016 - 04:59 AM

Full disclosure: I love my OM-D now, and have been carrying an Olympus (on and off) since I was shooting Kodachrome and Tri-X.  I'm planning to upgrade as soon as they announce the new flagship E-M1.  This question really pains me. The latest disclosures of the company's apparent ethical lapses bother me.  It's seems that they have engaged (yet again) in dodgy behaviour and bribery to evade rules that they knew applied:




This follows after their spectacular accounting cover up a few years ago, which resulted in exactly zero change at the company other than firing the (non-Japanese) manager who revealed it:




So how much do folks worry about corporate alignment with principles when buying gear?  I don't think this kind of thing is unique to Olympus, though that company appears particularly inept and insular.  After all, Apple appears to give exactly zero damns about things like worker rights in its suppliers' factories.  I suspect that if anyone was to look closely into the operations of just about any major equipment manufacturer that sticky questions would arise.


Yeah, I know that I can let my wallet speak on this.  I'm curious if others feel the same.





Two firsts this weekend - images from Anilao

10 April 2016 - 04:16 AM

This was the first time I have come across each of these scenes. The moray was one of a group of four eels at a cleaning station populated by three different species of shrimp.  They were competing for attention in a crowded little hole.  It was a bustling scene!   The mantis is the first one I've found bearing eggs.  


Neither shot is brilliant and I would welcome suggestions. For now I am just really pleased to have found them:







Anyone know this worm (?) from Anilao

10 April 2016 - 03:56 AM

Spotted this on the weekend, about 6 cm long at maybe 10m depth, but there was a fair amount of current and I didn't have time to get a good shot.  Nevertheless, I've never seen one before and wonder if anyone knows?



Recommend a lens/port for CFWA on m4/3?

21 March 2016 - 07:09 PM

I've really been enjoying the Olympus 60mm macro and Subsee diopters for super close up shots.  Now I want to branch out to close focus wide angle / wide angle macro with some of the same subjects I regularly encounter. 


My criteria in priority order are (1) closest focus distance, (2) widest FOV, (3) rectilinear, and (4) also excellent for landscapes above water.  An added bonus would be a reasonably sized dome, say 150-170mm.  For those reason I am drawn to the Olympus 7-14 f2.8 Pro. The Panasonic 7-4mm f4.0 would be next on the list.  The Nauticam WWL-1 would be a distant third due to reason #4 but if it saved having to buy a port I could have it *and* a land-only lens. I am not interested in a fisheye lens, I simply don't like the effect regardless of subject. 


There are a few things I don't quite understand though.  I have not searched exhaustively but haven't found closest focus distances for these lenses behind a dome. I also don't appreciate why the usual recommendation for CFWA is for a fisheye lens, unless it is closer focusing distances and/or smaller ports.  


BTW, I am using an OM-D E-M5 in a Nauticam housing.  I'm planning to upgrade to the E-M1 in about a year, hoping that the Mk II that is rumored will have an improved focus capabilities, and if it doesn't, hoping to snaffle the original E-M1 with a price drop after the announcement.


I'd love to hear some recommendations!