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#345896 acrylic vs. glass domes

Posted by tdpriest on 09 April 2014 - 05:50 AM

I recently acquired a SAGA 4" coated glass mini dome but I have not tried it yet... we´ll see...


Unless you are much weirder than we think, you'll love it!

#345566 acrylic vs. glass domes

Posted by tdpriest on 03 April 2014 - 04:59 AM

It may be like a Ford or Chevy question.  No one common answer.


No. It's a Ford or Audi question.

#344204 Critique Please - I love this shot. Am I crazy?

Posted by tdpriest on 07 March 2014 - 03:49 AM

much needed break from the rule of third composition



I hate the "rule of thirds", too. It's a cheap knock-off of the "golden section".


I guess that the Greeks were more civilised than the moderns...

#344202 See unique marine life: chase or not chase?

Posted by tdpriest on 07 March 2014 - 03:43 AM

Don't chase the wildlife. Do more diving.


Nothing else works...

#343960 Nude model and sunball

Posted by tdpriest on 01 March 2014 - 04:44 AM


Try posting on the FB group Cal



Not mad keen on Facebook...


... like many who have a professional presence outside the underwater world.


I have been disappointed with the migration of so much away from what I still think of Wetpixel proper.

#343668 Wet Macro Lens Comparison

Posted by tdpriest on 22 February 2014 - 04:36 AM

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:


Fit +8.jpeg


Pygmy seahorse, Lembeh Strait, 105mm + 1.5x T/C + Fit pro +8D


2013 Lembeh 43 682 Nudi Retreat 1 Hippocampus bargibanti Pygmy seahorse.jpg


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.

#342835 New website

Posted by tdpriest on 04 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

Less is more!


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...

#342495 Whale Shark Slaughter

Posted by tdpriest on 28 January 2014 - 08:19 AM

They are clearly taking juveniles, too. Cutting the whale sharks' throats to spite their own, destroying the giants to satisfy a very short-term greed.




Even as a tourist spectacle, whale sharks are magnificent:


2013 Maldives 247 Dhidhdoo whale shark and crowds.jpg

#341411 Post processing every time?

Posted by tdpriest on 04 January 2014 - 05:03 PM

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.



A parting thought:


:evilgrin: Is ur-theory like a photograph in Plato's cave? :evilgrin2:

#341369 Testing ttl strobe accuracy on a film camera?

Posted by tdpriest on 03 January 2014 - 08:15 AM

The YS-D1 with a Nikonos sync cable certainly does ttl with a Nikonos, this should work with the F100 as well...


I'm surprised: this isn't noted on the Sea & Sea website. It would mean being able to switch between different circuits on the strobe: how do you do that? 

#341093 New to Underwater Photography

Posted by tdpriest on 26 December 2013 - 05:52 AM

What camera and lens(es) are you using? The exposures and focus look good, but the composition and framing are a bit off.

#341046 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2013

Posted by tdpriest on 24 December 2013 - 05:20 AM




Hello all! :uwphotog:


These are two of the pics I liked from this year. Both taken in the Canary Islands during the spanish CMAS championship:


Enjoy the holidays!!! :beer:  :beer:  :beer:


Both great, but the turtle is gorgeous, too!

#340928 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2013

Posted by tdpriest on 20 December 2013 - 04:08 PM



He looks miserable to me…  :diablo:

#340924 Stitching images

Posted by tdpriest on 20 December 2013 - 03:54 PM

I used to use Hugin, but I've been very happy with CS6 and now use that all the time:



2013 Shetland 027 126 Dore Holm panorama 02b.jpg


Dore Holm, Shetland (300mm + 2x T/C, tripod)



2013 Lembeh 16 992 Lembeh Resort panorama.jpg


Lembeh Resort (35mm, hand-held)



BSoUP Spash-in panorama Rame Head 02.jpg


Plymouth Sound (15mm + x1.5 T/C, hand-held)



I've noticed that D800 files stitch much more reliably than D300 files.

#340661 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2013

Posted by tdpriest on 15 December 2013 - 06:56 AM

I shall have to cheat in style, and offer one from each of my big trips; first, though, an image combining land, air and sea:


2013 Shetland 086 480 Sumburgh puffin.jpg



Then, from the Bahamas:


2013 Bahamas 59 544 Tiger Beach Lemon shark b.jpg



From Shetland:


2013 Shetland 107 345 Bressay wall nudibranch.jpg



From Lembeh (and not even a macro image):


2013 Lembeh 64 731 Nudi Falls Giant frogfish.jpg



And from Ari Atoll in the Maldives:





Oh, OK: a macro-ish image from Lembeh:


2013 Lembeh 61 131 Aer Prang 1 Hairy striated frogfish.jpg