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In Topic: Cell phone question for the world travelers here

24 February 2014 - 01:27 AM

you can pretty much get any smartphone unlocked these days.  My wife and I travel all over the world with our normal canadian phones.  We just pick up a sim card wherever we end up, stick it in and giver.


As far as calling long distance, we dont.  With the proliferation of VoIP, we simply use Skype, or Viber to talk to anyone we want back home. (just have to make sure they have one of those services before we go)


Because of text messaging, we rarely make local calls in any place we're at either, though when we do, its pretty cheap typically.  Canada has some of the most expensive cell phone rates in the world, so pretty well anywhere we go, we're paying less than home, so its all good.

In Topic: Post processing every time?

22 February 2014 - 11:32 PM

I know this thread is a little old already, but I thought that I had something to add for future readers, if nothing else...


I'm fairly new to underwater photography, though I have many years experience above the waves with a camera in my hand.


I have to say that of all the images I've captured over the years the ones that require THE MOST post processing are the under water images.


Underwater photography is extremely challenging.  There are many things that make taking a photograph very hard and underwater photography has them all.  The biggest problem with most shooters underwater is that they aren't photographers.  Even as a photographer, I have a difficult time getting it right down there, so i can only imagine how hard it must be for the occasional shooter.  Not only are most people only occasional shooters, but they shoot with equipment that is not at all ideal to shoot in low light.  Adding flash is definitely helpful for any photographer, and especially those with inexpensive cameras, but flash presents its own difficulties.


What I'm getting at is that I would have to say if you were a VERY VERY experienced "Photographer", and you had a LOT of experience shooting underwater, you could hope to get it right in camera every time.  But the thing is that if you WERE that person, you would understand that trying to get it right in camera is actually pretty stupid anyway, because no matter how good it looks SOOC (straight out of camera) it will always look BETTER once you edit it.


I should explain something that isn't apparent to most people that aren't photographers.   You might think that the more experienced you get with photography, the happier you will be with your images.  This is not true.  The more experience you get, the higher your standards become.  Once you've become good enough to fit into your higher standards... your standards will have raised again.  This never ends.  


So the answer is YES, you SHOULD edit any image you intend to show off.   Now I say any you intend to show off because out of 100 pictures, you'll likely only "like" a few.  Those are the ones you edit, and those are the ones you show off.  The other dozens of images do not get edited and sit on a hard drive collecting pixel dust.


If you believe that your image is good enough SOOC, thats fine.  There are a great many people that don't edit their photos.  That doesn't mean they don't look ok, but still doesn't change the fact that with proper shooting techniques (shooting RAW vs JPG for example) and proper editing they wouldn't have looked better.


BTW, if you CAN shoot RAW, shoot RAW.  Period.  No exceptions... ESPECIALLY underwater.

In Topic: Mugged by a Giant Octopus

19 February 2014 - 09:54 PM

What a fantastic experience, and great series of images.  


It sure looks friendly, I have to wonder if it had eyes for your flash arms or something lol

In Topic: Happy New Year to all on Wetpixel!

01 January 2014 - 08:47 PM

Happy new years from Canada!

In Topic: First dive trip with UW housing

03 December 2013 - 08:47 PM

Wow! For the first time with a camera u/w you did a fine job! They all seem to be colourful, sharp and well-exposed. Nice work. I'd also point out that you did (in most cases) exactly what is most often recommended by folks that know fishes - get down on their eye level. I realize the lionfish image is a take that most can appreciate despite it not facing the beast. I really like the cornetfish image.


I'd say now you're faced with the challenges we all are... timing (right place, right time), patience (for the "peak of the action" as Martin Edge says) and trying to blend in while getting close enough to the subject looking back at you!





Thank you Lee :)  Having a background in photography already really helped in combating the challenges of shooting underwater.  Also helps with composition.  Proper shooting kids / pets / animals on land is the same as shooting anything underwater, so shooting at eye level was pretty natural for me, and tbh, i didn't even think about it.  I can see how new underwater photographers that don't typically shoot on land wouldn't know to shoot at eye level though.


The LIionfish was an aesthetic choice for a shot, as you assumed, but I'll be honest again, I simply wasnt able to get a shot I was happy with of these elusive creatures.  I saw many many lionfish, but they always hide, and NEVER seem to swim level... they're always sideways / upside down, backwards...  This was the best I could do lol.  I do have some other shots that arent "too" bad, but nothing really great.


I'm glad to see that I'm not doing anything glaringly stupid underwater.  When you don't really know much about the subject its easy to miss the subtleties of the subject, which is why i'm here asking about it.


I'm glad you like the cornetfish shot (yea! I can stop calling it "that really long fish" lol thank you for identifying that one for me)  It wasn't particularly easy to get as it was a night dive and my AF isn't everything it could be, in low light.  I was actually really impressed with how well it did perform though and was happy that it was able to hang on to that eye.  The fish was turning when i got the shot, so it really had to work to maintain focus and I've got a whole round of similar shots while it turned and almost all of them have the eye sharp.  It does help that it has a big high contrast eye too.


My UW photography is finished for another year though, so I'll have to see what shots i do have then see what I could have done differently and next year, Hopefully I'll be able to get even more interesting shots :)  Thank you again for your words.