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balagan

Member Since 14 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 17 2014 02:29 AM
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Scuba luv

13 February 2014 - 01:57 AM

I saw someone post this recently on Facebook, someone appears to be making a nice little collection of other folks images - also appears copyright info etc is being removed. I'm sure a few of our members may recognise a few shots.

 

Not really sure what we can do about it though.

 

http://igviewer.com/luv_scuba


System Change

21 April 2013 - 10:24 PM

I have been using an Olympus e-520 for the last 4 years and have finally decided to make a change of system. So I've just ordered the new Nikon D7100, along with the Nikkor 105mm, 60mm lens. I've also ordered the Tokina 10-17 as well as a Kenko 1.4 TC (Teleplus Pro 300).

 

I am also putting together the list for Nauticam goodies that I need for my new setup.

 

So my questions are as follows.

 

Is it better to get seperate ports for the 105 and 60, or will the port extension(21130) on the 60mm port be functional enough for the 105 - and will the focus gear still work?

 

I've noticed in the port system chart the extension ring for the Tokina port if you marry it with the Teleconverter. Can this extension also be used with the 60mm and 105mm ports if I marry them up with the Teleconverter, and will the focus gears still work?

 

Basically I'm looking for the most flexible and practical setup for my nice new system.

 

Also I currently have the Reefnet flip diopter holder that fits on my Olympus port. Does anyone know the measurement for the Nauticam ports as it would be nice if I didn't need to buy a new holder.

 

Any advice or experience will be greatly appreciated.


Critique appreciated

14 April 2013 - 11:24 PM

Now I pretty much just concentrate on Macro photography ad have never really spent any time on Wide Angle of any kind but lately have been looking to extend my skills.

This last weekend was my first proper attempt. I live in the UAE and visibility is a constant problem with 5-10m vis seen as the norm. Luckily on one of the sites this weekend the vis was about 20m, but there were still a lot of particulates in the water.

 

The following shot was taken at 30m using an Olympus e-520, married up with the 8mm Oly fisheye + a 1.4 teleconverter. Shutter speed was 1/125, ISO 200 and f6.3 if I remember correctly.

 

I used two strobes set on TTL, with the let hand one dialed down slightly.

 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as I am still trying to learn Wide Angle. Thanks in advance.

 

 


My first published article

12 April 2013 - 10:38 AM

Divers For The Environment magazine is the local dive magazine for the UAE. Not the widest circulation out there but I'm happy nonetheless (we all have to start somewhere)

My article starts on page 38 for those interested. Hopefully it will show the UAE is not all about Dubai and its glitzy buildings.


http://issuu.com/all...le&origin=email

P.S. the use of the word Nudibranches was changed by the editor from Nudibranchs for some reason, just in case anyone thinks it was my doing :)

Mystery Nudibranch

11 April 2013 - 05:52 AM

Ok this one was taken in the UAE at 15m depth. Was about 20mm long. Any ideas?