The Fit diopters are of intermediate strength and easy to use...
... just to add more to the mix!
Fit +8D (equivalent to Subsee +5D) with step-up adaptor:
Pygmy seahorse, Lembeh Strait, 105mm + 1.5x T/C + Fit pro +8D
I like the combination of a teleconverter and the option of greater magnification with the wet diopter. I think it's a good idea to set up for supermacro and not to switch between 1:1 and supermacro on the same dive, although the macro lens and the +8D don't change the setup and mindset too much. I do believe in planning the shot and diving the plan, if possible. My planned shots are definitely better than my opportunistic efforts...
... I really wouldn't start with a +10D Subsee: it's too big a step, too different a technique and the learning curve is very steep.
I would think hard about using a really strong image on the home page, moving your biog to the inside and also putting the galleries inside except for, perhaps, a small (20-30 images) portfolio that sells your style to the browsing public.
I like Rob Bailey's gallery, but perhaps I shouldn't talk because I've never put my own images into order...
I want to achieve great photos straight from camera.
A great ambition, but one confined to transparencies in the days of film. Darkrooms have been part of photography for most of its existence, and are fundamental to photography as art. I learned how to shoot by working in a darkroom, by seeing what worked in the negative.
Morten is right in two ways: the better the image in the camera, the better it will be when projected, printed or seen on the screen; he's also right to say that learning to make those excellent images requires a lot of practice.
I would point out that some of that practice can be in front of your computer.
Your lens is probably too wide for most of Lembeh's creatures and your dome too big for close-focus wide-angle on most of the larger "macro" life. Look at the workshop thread. I hope to post my final selection of images soon, from an FX sensor and mostly shot with a 105mm lens, but some with a teleconverter and diopters...
I had a cervical fusion last year...
...a supraspinatus repair is quite common...
Well, not to rain on your parade, but as specialist in chronic pain I see a fair number of repairs that remain painful, and a fair number of supraspinatus injuries that do well with physiotherapy and pain-killers. Rehabilitation with good physiotherapy and good perioperative analgesia could easily be as important as your surgeon in preventing long-term and intractable shoulder pain.
I've noticed that there's a tendency to treat musculoskeletal pain with analgesics and injections on the East coast of the USA, with surgery in the Midwest, and with psychology and exercise in California!
Repeated surgery for pain in the same or related areas of the body rapidly becomes ineffective, as the functional disturbance contributes more to the continued pain than the anatomical damage.
I couldn't find any info for Ikelite strobes so I emailed them explaining the above and they said that the cause was in fact due to the flash duration. I asked them about DS160's given they are more powerful and they said the full power flash duration on a DS160 was longer than a DS125.
At this stage I just let it go as I was out of my depth. It would be really interesting to hear from someone with technical expertise in this area and see hard data for different strobes at different power levels. Maybe I'm completely off track with this and maybe it has no practical application in the underwater world but I would be curious to know - particularly if the make of strobe influences ability to achieve sync speed.
There was concern about colour film being incorrectly exposed at very fast and very slow shutter speeds (reciprocity failure). As far as I know this isn't a problem with electronic sensors, and the duration of a strobe's flash has little impact on underwater photography. Sync speed depends on the camera, not the strobe, and is highest in cameras with an "electronic" shutter (ie data from the sensor is registered rapidly and not integrated over the time that a mechanical shutter allows light to fall onto the sensor):