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Alex_Tattersall

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#334735 Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4 D IF-ED Lens

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 22 July 2013 - 12:13 PM

I borrowed the 200mm macro lens from Martin Edge last month and took it to the Red Sea. With no diopter, it was an excellent fish portrait lens for the more skittish. I had two INON Z240s on very long arms ahead of me. Here are some results:

 

Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, several extension rings

 

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With a FIT Pro +5 and +8 close up 

 

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With a cokin radial blur filter

 

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#332274 Cockburn Sound Muck Macros

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 June 2013 - 11:04 AM

Third nudibranch is amazing!




#331956 Cuttlefish action in Devon, UK

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 27 May 2013 - 09:38 AM

Each year, cuttlefish arrive on the coast of Devon in the UK for spawning. Many of these are caught in pots laid out in wait for them throughout the bay but this year numerous cuttles have made it to the shallows . 
 
The males fight for several days to find mates and the couple stays together despite the advances of other males. We were lucky enough to witness some of this amazing behaviour last week.
 
1. The male protectively stroking his girlfriend.
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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2. A single male approaches and is warded off by the long tentacle of the protective male
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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3. If two courting couples approach each other, the tension also mounts.
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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4. Here the stressed male demonstrates striped patterns and the eyes dilate.
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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5. More eyes!
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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6. The black and white stripes intensify as the males approach each other
Olympus OMD, Nauticam NA-EM5, 8mm Fisheye
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7. Male and female will join to pass the sperm sacks from male to female.
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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8. Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1.4x Kenko
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9. The female lays black eggs infused with ink which are attached to the weeds
Olympus OMD, Nauticam NA-EM5, 8mm Fisheye
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10. Aliens attack!
Nikon D7100, Nauticam NA-D7100, Tokina 10-17, 1/4x Kenko
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Hope you enjoy looking at them half as much as I enjoyed taking them.

 




#330971 Nikon 60mm vs Nikon 105mmvr

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 07 May 2013 - 02:10 AM

Yes, it is.




#330840 Zoom ring on Tokina lens came off - need help

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 04 May 2013 - 03:18 PM

I use superglue to glue the pieces back together. Happens quite often with the Nikon version of the lens.




#329472 Sony 10-18 f4 e-mount lens

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 09 April 2013 - 04:12 PM

Yes, a 7 inch dome is available already for this, (ref 36129) and SE1018-Z zoom gear (ref 36173)




#326684 How many controls do you actually use on your housing?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 25 February 2013 - 12:02 AM

I use regularly:

 

Aperture, shutter speed, on/off, flash up and down, focus modes, AF-ON, shutter release, playback, rear dial, OK button, +/-, ISO, LV, Video Start/Stop, shooting modes (single shot/multi shot/ 2 second delay), mode dial WB, info, erase, lock photo, zoom in/zoom out, menu button

 

lens release when back on the boat.

 

So, all of them pretty much. 




#325508 60mm vs 105mm macro

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 February 2013 - 12:48 AM

Using a 105 doesn’t give you more magnification than a 60 Longimanus, it gives you more working distance. I found it useful for animal portraits where you want to give the animal a bit of distance.

I was in the water with a D7000 and a 105mm and my friend was in the same water with a 60mm and a 7D. We were both shooting these mackerel. Most of his shots were side on as the mackerel broke to swim past us but the extra length of the lens I had meant I could almost fill the frame with them front on

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These damsels tend to duck into their coral heads if you get too close. Very difficult with a 60mm, easier with a 105mm

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Same, fill the frame from a distance and don’t spook the fish

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Again, very difficult to approach leopard blennies with a 60mm

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This working distance is also necessary when using strong wet diopters like the SUbsee +10 otherwise you find yourself on top of the subject, with less magnification which makes lighting more difficult.

IMHO


#325309 Shark bites pants

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 29 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

Is that a new form of chumming?


#323027 Trouble with Nauticam NA-7D

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 20 December 2012 - 02:16 PM

I love a happy ending...


#321859 Nauticam NA-D800 in the Sea of Cortez

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

No, haven’t got that far yet. The housings keep hogging the book.

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#321848 Nauticam NA-D800 in the Sea of Cortez

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 02 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

Hi all,

I’m running a trip through Divequest next September to La Paz, Sea of Cortez. We decided to go and check it out beforehand and had some nice encounters with the sealions and whalesharks there.

After reading Alex M’s most recent article on models and the saleability of images with people in them, I went for some of that.

D800, Sigma 15mm, Zen 200mm dome


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Then tried to get a bit of animal with animal interaction

D800, Sigma 15mm, Zen 200mm dome


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Brawling bulls, Olympus OMD, 8mm Panasonic FIsheye, Fit Pro optical glass minidome


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Some portraits


D800, Sigma 15mm


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60mm macro instead of the FIsheye


Cute female, D800, 60mm macro, 2x INON Z240


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Baby, D800, 60mm macro


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With sunburst, D800, Sigma 15mm, 2x INON Z240


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and some other animals:


Yellowtail Surgeonfish, D800, Sigma 15mm


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Whaleshark, D800, Sigma 15mm


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and some colours of Mexico


D800, Sigma 15mm


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Hope you enjoy




Alex


#321295 Flooded Sola - is there anything you can do?

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 23 November 2012 - 07:02 PM

User error for sure ;)


#321136 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 21 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

Well, you inspired me to take out the Nauticam EM5 today in the Sea of Cortez. These were with the 8mm Panasonic Fisheye and 2x YS-D1

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#321036 Home-made Fibre Optic Cables

Posted by Alex_Tattersall on 20 November 2012 - 08:32 PM

Do you people really boil sausages?