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#374208 Canon 1dx Mark II - Philippines

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 02 June 2016 - 02:57 AM

Great work, as always.  Wonderful color rendition, and the super-macro shots were very impressive.  Thanks.

#373903 Diving the Salish Sea

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 24 May 2016 - 03:31 AM


Thanks very much. Looks like we use the same video housing. Although I'm on an older sony camera and have the standard housing, not the pro version.


Yes, I have been using Light and Motion housings for a while now.  This is my first Canon, though, having switched over after having too much trouble color correcting my Sony HC-9.  Backscatter suggested going with the Canon over the Sony when I was upgrading.  It looks as if you have been able to get your CX550 to work very well, though.

#373870 Diving the Salish Sea

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 23 May 2016 - 03:32 AM

I agree with the others, really nice work.  Something to aspire to.  I also liked the "bonus material" after the credits of the team getting suited up, that was a nice touch.

#373723 "Contact" - The Humpback Whales of Tonga

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 18 May 2016 - 03:17 AM

Wow, wonderful footage, thanks Nick.  Very moving.  What a great way to start my day.

#373314 The Humpback Whales of Tonga

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 05 May 2016 - 03:26 AM

Beautiful image.  Thanks.

#373235 Raja Ampat macro, wide and drone video

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 03 May 2016 - 03:17 AM

Very nice work, thanks.  I especially liked the mantis shrimp shots, mostly because I have never been able to get one to let me get that close for that long (yet).  Good stuff, thanks.

#372815 New Video: SAILFISH

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 20 April 2016 - 03:49 AM

Impressive - that has simply got to be an amazing experience.  Thanks.

#372520 Shutter Speed thoughts

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 12 April 2016 - 03:29 AM

Thanks Stuart, that's a very good explanation, and much appreciated.

#371520 Jardines de la Reina... WHAT ELSE ??

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 14 March 2016 - 03:33 AM

The shots of the saltwater croc were impressive.

#371385 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 10 March 2016 - 01:19 PM

Carry-on: video camcorder, housing, lights, arms, batteries, etc in a Pelican case.  Regulators and dive computer in "personal item".


Checked: BCD, fins, wetsuit, dive skin, booties, dive lights

#371249 3D Printed Nauticam Float Arm Bayonet Holder

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 07 March 2016 - 04:36 AM

marcw - thanks for the link to Pirhana manufacturing.  I contacted them, got an email back very, very quickly even though it was on the weekend.  I have purchased a bungee mount from them.  If the quality of the mount is as good as their customer service, I'll be very happy.

#371021 Belize liveaboard dive video

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 02 March 2016 - 04:43 AM

I agree, very impressive.

#371018 Underwater Colour Correction With The Sony AX100

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 02 March 2016 - 04:24 AM

Thanks Pete.  I probably won't get any time to play with it again until the weekend (or maybe later), but I'll post again after trying some of your ideas.  Thanks for the encouragement.

#368759 A different look at Octopuses

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 30 December 2015 - 04:12 AM

Wow, amazing work.  I really liked the transitions where the artwork morphed into the live animal, or vice versa.  I can't even imagine how you did that, but it is a very impressive technique.  I generally like your work, but this may be the my favorite of all of the pieces that you've posted here. 


Can you tell that I'm impressed? :notworthy:

#367900 Best photograph/er lists -What makes for a great image?

Posted by SwiftFF5 on 04 December 2015 - 04:27 AM

This is a very interesting question, and I doubt that you will get a consistent answer - but I am guessing that there will be lots of strong feelings.


I am not really sure where I stand on this question, but I will compare it to similar questions regarding music.  I'm of the opinion that most of the major awards (ie Grammies, etc.) are more about commercial success and "popularity" rather than inherent artistic worth.  It is, of course, much harder to define and quantify "inherent artistic worth" than it is to do so for number of albums sold, number of social media "likes", etc, which is a lot of why the situation is the way that it is.  I would submit that photography, especially underwater photography, is in a similar situation.


That's my opinion, anyway.  Now, I'll sit back and watch the fireworks...