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Steve Williams

Member Since 23 May 2005
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In Topic: Spawning Smallmouth Bass

28 May 2015 - 03:04 PM

Hi Ben,

I love that you shot it in portrait on your first underwater session.  I'm thinking you may want to try it in the original aspect ratio or even think about how it would print as an 8x10.  I would increase the contrast a touch, up the clarity if you have it on your processing tool.  It could also look nice with a bit more sharpening to my eye but that's very subjective.  I'd print that image and hang it on the wall.  You will make better images in the future but you never forget your first.  Here is what it might look like as a 8 x 10 ratio;


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Have fun,


In Topic: my half-life as an underwater photographer

28 May 2015 - 09:16 AM

Outstanding set of images Tim,  truly, and done the right way.  I noticed that even the polyps around your pigmy images were fully out and feeding.  The fish appear to be not stressed at all.  A great representation of doing it the right way.  Congrats!




In Topic: Warna berwarna Raja Ampat by GH4

21 May 2015 - 08:05 AM

Outstanding! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love the music, wonderful choice.


In Topic: Why do you shoot underwater?

20 May 2015 - 05:53 PM

There is a third option Adam;  to capture the love of the ocean and it's creatures, to share the images and educate the folks who might never get a chance to put their eyes underwater.  I was lucky enough to win the second contest I ever entered.  Wasn't really much fun.  I've never entered another, figured I'd go out on top.


I've sold a few images for books, had a cover or two and even had some images grace a deck of playing cards.  But the thrill of those accomplishments in no way compares to the feeling that goes though you when you see a child's eyes light up the first time they see a new creature or a really look at a shot of a dolphin or shark or _____________ that they connect with.


I'm convinced the folks who do this well are passionate about saving the ocean and our planet.  They may not start out there but the good ones who stick with it over the long haul all have that in common.


Oh yeah, as I'm reminded over and over again by our friends here, it's also a heck of a lot of fun.  :bananashark:




In Topic: Recommend a full frame Canon rectilinear lens ?

16 May 2015 - 10:41 AM

Hi Cal,

I've seen a lot of positive info on the newer 16 - 35 f/4.  You'd need a big dome and a fairly long extension (70mm depending on the dome) to get the corners sharp but it's a fantastic lens for the money.  I haven't taken mine underwater so I'm just going on reports but I love mine on my 5D MkIII on land.  Good luck!


Check to make sure it will fit your Ike housing.