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Member Since 25 May 2005
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In Topic: Canon 7D MkII focus motor sounds

25 May 2016 - 05:28 AM

Why would you want to be using continuous auto-focus underwater anyway? Unless you are using a long lens and shooting a person or creature swimming close towards you, it's better to fix AF at the right distance. Normally, with the kind of WA lenses used underwater, the depth of field will cover the subject. With macro, you don't want the lens changing focus point on the subject as that'll make your audience dizzy.

So, unless you have some special reason to be using continuous AF, just lock the focus at the right distance as you start to shoot and you'll have no lens noise.

Because, if the lens is making focus noises that probably means it's hunting and that'll look bad in the image.


In Topic: Macro Film from Bali, Lembeh, and PNG

10 March 2016 - 04:35 PM



Only thing I'd change is to cut out the feeding catfish scene as they look little less "alien" than all the other critters.




In Topic: Underwater Music Video

23 January 2016 - 06:52 PM

It all seemed a bit destructive to me: the stomping along the bottom, smashing at the wreck, ripping up the coral rubble.  Maybe the message from the music and footage is that this behaviour is evil and "dark side" but I'm not sure that message came across clearly enough.  Looked to me more like an ignorant diver damaging the dive site.  Maybe your actor did not seem sinister enough: looked more like a "naughty boy" than a "Darth Vader".




In Topic: Viewfinder Setup

28 November 2015 - 10:27 PM



Prescription Dive Masks in San Diego are great and you have complete control of the corrections and viewpoints.  They send you instructions and then you work with your optometrist to mark up your favourite mask.  You send the marked-up mask and your prescription to Prescription Dive Masks and, a couple of weeks later, it's back.


When you are marking-up the mask with your optometrist, take your time.  Hold something in your hand to simulate the camera viewfinder and work out the best position for the transition from magnification to distance viewing.




In Topic: Blending In - Lacy Bryozoan and its Inhabitants

24 October 2015 - 05:05 PM