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opie

Member Since 11 Jun 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 14 2013 10:40 PM
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Australia?

11 June 2013 - 09:51 PM

Has anyone here ever dived in Australia? I'm going up the gold coast from Sydney to Cairns in Sept and am curious how good the photo oppurtunities will be (i.e. will there be clear blue waters and lots of fish and colourful stuff to photograph) I'm mainly planning on doing beach dives since I'm short on time and not certified.

 

Is visibility there good? I read one guide that said visibility is 15-30M on the great barrier - but I don't know how a picture would look under such conditions. Is it easy to find fish when you are diving - or do you have to actively search for them? I'm keen to try u/w photography but I'm leery I might just come back with pictures of a bunch of rocks because I'm totally new to this :P


How essential is a wide-angle lens for a newb?

11 June 2013 - 09:44 PM

I own a S95 and am looking at getting the Ikelite housing for my upcoming trip to Australia where I'll be doing some snorkeling/diving. After reading a few articles - they seem to stress the value of wide-angle lens pretty hard - but those lens aren't cheap.

 

Is it worth buying a wide angle lens for one trip? This is probably the only chance I will have to go diving in the forseeable future. I don't want to skimp out and miss some great photos I can keep for a lifetime, but I don't want to waste money either.

 

 

Do most people buy a wide angle lens when they get started with underwater photography, or do people usually wait until are more experienced?


How experienced a diver do I need to for underwater photography?

11 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

Hi Everyone - this is my first post - this forum seems cool! I'm envious of some of the pics here - I just stare at them and try to analyze how you guys do it.

 

This may be the ultimate noob question - how good at diving do I need to be before I attempt underwater photography? I've only ever dived once and I don't have any certification but I'm planning a trip to the great barrier reef in Australia (probably only beach dives) and am debating if I should buy a housing and a wide angle lens for my S95. Am I biting off more than I can chew if I try u/w photo at this point?

 

Part of me wants to try and snag some great underwater pics, but part of me is worried I won't be able to managet the diving and photos at the same time and I'll just end up frustrated with a bunch of expensive equipment I can't really use.

 

Any advice for a newb?