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Unknown Fishes @ Point Lobos (NorCal)

01 July 2013 - 10:18 AM

I'm new to diving, so please forgive me if these are obvious...


Both were taken in Northern California, at Whalers Cove, Point Lobos. They were both quite small... just a couple of inches in length (used a macro lens).










3: confirmation... it's a Strawberry Anemone, yes?




Thank you!



Hawaii: Oahu dives and Kauai snorkeling... had a blast!

31 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

I just got back from Hawaii, and it was absolutely awesome! I'm very new to SCUBA diving, but I've been into photography for a long time.


My wife and I went to Hawaii over Memorial Day weekend (plus a couple of days). On Oahu, I did two dives: Baby Barge, and a reef drift... I can't recall the name now. Both were great, but Baby Barge had some incredibly strong currents, so I sucked most of my air in less than 25 minutes. On Kauai I mainly snorkeled around Tunnels Beach, which was spectacular. Looking back, I wish I would have gone diving on Kauai as well, but I didn't want to spend too much time away from my wife while we were both on vacation (she doesn't dive). We ended up doing lots of hiking and other outdoor activities. Next time!


In any case, these are my favorite photos from the trip:








Honu Bro by Mike Cialowicz, on Flickr


My setup consisted of the following: Olympus E-PM1, Olympus underwater housing (PT-EP06), Zen glass dome lens port, Olympus 9-18mm, Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe, flex arm.




Question about wide-angle conversion lenses (WA-110, W-20, W-30, UWL-100)

21 March 2013 - 03:29 PM

I'm brand new to both diving and underwater photography. However, I've been taking above-water photos for years, so I'm really excited about doing some underwater work.


Right now I'm thinking of getting an underwater housing for my RX100 - probably either the Ikelite or the Nauticam.


Has anyone done a comparison test of wide-angle conversion lenses for compact cameras? I'm curious about how the Bluewater WA-110 compares to the Ikelite W-30. I'm also curious about how the W-20 and W-30 compare, since the W-20 is about $175 cheaper.


What sort of filters do I buy for these lenses? I haven't seen any photos taken with a wide-angle conversion lens and a blue or green water filter. Are there filters that fit right over them?


Thank you,



Color Filters and Shooting RAW

21 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

I'm brand new to both diving and underwater photography (although I'm a fairly experienced above-water photographer).


I'm curious about how shooting RAW effects the need for blue or green water filters while diving. When shooting with available light, do filters compensate/correct for more than what's possible from a RAW file in post-production? Are there people shooting without filters and doing corrections in post, or is it best to avoid that and shoot with the appropriate filter each time?