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Steve Williams

Member Since 23 May 2005
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In Topic: 8 inch vs mini dome with 10-17 and 1.4X question

24 March 2015 - 06:39 PM

Hi Dave,

We just got back from there in Nov and had no problems getting very close to the mantas and whale sharks and dolphins with our stock 10-17 on the 40D and my 8-15 rolled to 15 on my 7D.  I don't think you'll need the 1.4X.  These first two are Jeff's images made with the 10-17 rolled to 10mm. I think you can expect the water to be the typical eastern pacific blue with good viz but not fantastic.  A lot of the images are also at depth, especially if you get out to Roca Partida.  It pays to be close.


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I shot the 8-15 mm about half the time at 9mm


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and the rest at 15mm


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You are going to have a blast!








In Topic: Hey Guys I need a recent honest input review on Beqa Lagoon Resort

19 March 2015 - 08:10 PM

Hi partner,

It's been a while since I've been there but absolutely loved the place.  The house reef is a little swim to get out to.  Many 50 - 75 yards out the boat channel from the beach but lots of subjects typical to Fijian waters.  The variety of reefs accessible from the boats dives is really nice too.  If you ask them to take an extra tank along they will drop you off on the way back in from the 2 tank dive and you can get a 3rd in on the house reef.  You can cover a lot more of the reef that way.  The best part of any Fijian trip for me is the people.  They have to be the friendliest folks on the planet.  


Oh and don't miss a tour of the village school.  You haven't lived until you've been sung to by a couple of hundred Fijian school children.


Good luck,


In Topic: Over processing (especially magenta/red)

09 March 2015 - 06:31 PM

Hi Sean,

Another option with Mantas because they are black and white is to use an adjustment brush in Lightroom or similar program and then lower the saturation of the "painted" or selected area  and you can create a more realistic looking image.  This is your bottom pink bellied image with that technique applied.  It works much better with the Raw file but hopefully you get the idea.  As with any adjustment you can overcook it but it's a common technique I use when I'm lucky enough to dive with Mantas.


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In Topic: 5D3 Lenses and Ports

04 March 2015 - 10:41 PM

Thanks for the info Todd, Love the images in the article.  Can you help with which dome you'd recommend or were using?  I own the f/4 but haven't taken it underwater.




In Topic: Bonaire photos

28 February 2015 - 07:15 PM

Looks like you had a great time David.  What were you primarily using to shoot all the small fish portraits?  Was that the 100mm?  I couldn't figure out how to see the Exif data on your site.