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In Topic: Raja Ampat 2014

20 December 2014 - 04:21 AM

I love the bait fish schools, but then I’m partial to that kind of thing!



They're missing something. I can't quite put my finger on it...



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In Topic: Black and white

19 December 2014 - 04:26 AM

In my opinion we should not abuse the B&W in underwater photography.


It's my opinion that we actually abuse vibrant colours, detracting from the shapes and compositions that are also unique to the world accessible to divers.


That was my reason to include the imperfect shot that heads this thread: the shape and composition seem strong to me, despite the mirky conditions and the combination of odd optics, a torch rather than a strobe and high ISO. Strong enough to explore in a monochromatic reproduction that hasn't, perhaps, come off as well as I had hoped.

In Topic: strobes for wreck photo

19 December 2014 - 03:47 AM

I've used Inon Z240s and, in darker water, they are fine. There is a learning curve, however, and the trick is balancing the strobe light against the ambient light: most of the wreck is lit by the sun, not by the strobes. For wide-angle work you either highlight a small area with one strobe, or use two on longer arms to spread out the light. The strobes need to be well behind the handles of the housing to reduce backscatter.


I would recommend Martin Edge's book (and Alex Mustard's on-line articles) for advice, but it's still several dives' work to begin to get the strobes right.


In bright conditions Inons are under-powered and it's hard to balance the light.


Even under perfect conditions wrecks make for challenging subjects:



In Topic: Raja Ampat 2014

19 December 2014 - 01:41 AM


Such a shame that this has all come to an end, but what an end.


It's not that apocalyptic! I'm getting a bit creaky, my money is supporting two young adults and the British public sector is a bit fraught at the moment...


... I'll be putting together (eventually) a show from this trip, and a "Best Of", before finally saying "So long, and thanks for all the fish!"


There might be a D800 housing for sale, too...

In Topic: F'n Stop - big rookie mistake

18 December 2014 - 05:33 AM

... shoot manual, that way you must remember to actually control the camera.  Or said differently you can then screw up the shutter speed and ISO too...


I used to jump in without flipping up my camera's flash, when using optical cables...


... but I've done all the rest, including not zipping up my drysuit...


... I had to buy a Nauticam to fix the problem! Have you seen the Nauticam wet underwear alarm? It's great for dry diving!