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In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

22 July 2016 - 06:12 PM

I carry my housing, accessories and camera on board. I took the attached shots while at the Big Island this spring. I used the 1DX camera to take these pix so is not visible inside the housing. I used this f.64 brand bag. It is several years old, has been on several trips and thus shows some wear. The stuff you see on the floor in the open bag shot went into nooks and crannies. No space was wasted - the 100mm macro lens in a soft bag fit inside the stacked port extension tubes. A very short flat port is on the housing. The cover has pockets for small accessories, batteries, and spare O-rings. The external strap with fastex buckle is to make sure it does not blow up. I wore the watch ;->

In Topic: What special about underwater strobes?

22 July 2016 - 05:40 PM

I'm familiar with strobes used on land but wondering if there are any major difference besides being waterproof that I need to take into account for shooting underwater.


Basically I'm wondering if I took normal Nikon flashes and put them in a waterproof case and synced them to my SLR, would I still get great photo's? Thanks in advance.


Some purpose built underwater strobes have very wide angle coverage such as > 100 degrees.  For example I have been able to use a single strobe with a fisheye lens. Many purpose built underwater strobes also have a warm color temperature. Whereas many of the wide angle underwater strobes are medium to large sized (more recent strobes though are a bit smaller than those from the film era!) those intended mainly for macro use can be quite compact. Another advantage is that adjustments are accessible under water with simplified controls.


You should be able to take "great" photos with a housed strobe but you need to be aware of limitations such as output intensity, coverage, color temperature.


In Topic: Quick help with Stock Footage licensing contract

25 June 2016 - 06:55 PM

New may refer to a new medium that has not yet been invented. In perpetuity is major league red flag. I would walk away from this - only use your own form. IMHO your contract must be explicit in the extreme that you are licensing for one use only - this does the opposite.

In Topic: Nauticam buoyancy arms filled with water

23 June 2016 - 04:21 PM

I had one come apart on me while watching mantas at night on the Big Island - needless to say it was full of water before the end of the dive as well as not being able to hold the strobe. Not a good design for a strobe arm since it easily unthreaded. Locktite or something similar to the rescue.

In Topic: Lembeh Gulen Shootout - Charlton's filefish photo - how?!

23 June 2016 - 04:00 PM

Looks too powerful to be a dive light or torch in British lingo. For me, the noun version of torch is something with flames leaping from it! :->>  A slaved strobe, maybe with a lensed snoot like the LSD - note the sharp-edged spot of light on the bottom. Maybe a night dive?