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In Topic: Socorro lens options

Yesterday, 12:33 AM

Jack is hugely experienced, but I think that he is a bit proscriptive about lenses. I used a mid-range Nikon zoom, a fisheye and a teleconverter on the fisheye. I used small strobes and relied on the natural light for the greater part of the exposure as the water was quite murky around Socorro, although it went on for ever and ever at la Roca Partida...


I did reasonably well, I think.


Revillagigedos and La Paz, 2010


Sometimes you want to get in closer: not all of the good stuff is big! Not to mention the visibility again, which can be poor at times.

In Topic: Tips for Underwater Photography Workshop 1st timers

24 July 2014 - 06:41 AM



One comment was from a photographer worried about hordes of photographers competing for the same subject.


Many workshops avoid that, by splitting up the group. Alex Mustard, in particular, is really good at organising things so as to stress neither the wildlife nor the photographers.


It would be a good question to ask of the organisers, of course.

In Topic: Diving Lembeh Straight

24 July 2014 - 04:55 AM

The Ferrari's book MacroLife is very good, even if it's officially about Malaysian and not Indonesean creatures. Most of the "critters" are in one book, not the two or three from the excellent Humann/DeLoach series...

In Topic: Over expossure

20 July 2014 - 06:34 AM

Auto exposure almost always seems to over-expose, at least with of my Nikons, over the years. The EXIF data says "pattern" metering, which has probably completely misinterpreted the scene: spot metering can be better underwater. TTL strobe settings can help, but in the end almost everyone comes to manual exposure and manual strobes for wide-angle images.



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I'm pretty sure that you can select the focus point and keep Auto metering: there should be a combination of Menu and camera settings to do that on such a sophisticated camera. I've certainly done that with a D200 and all my subsequent cameras.

In Topic: Chuuk

20 July 2014 - 06:24 AM

I hope I get my turn to dive and shoot there in 2017!


I recommend twin cylinders, a deco mix if you are going to go to 50m+, listening to the guides, and asking them to get you into the wrecks at the head of the queue!


I think I actually benefited from spending a week without my camera, although it felt tough at the time. I got used to the wrecks, and a feel for interesting shots.