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Member Since 11 Jul 2006
Offline Last Active Aug 21 2008 02:34 PM

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In Topic: First Ocean Photos with 20D Housing

20 August 2008 - 05:56 AM

Oh, and the lens was a sigma 18-50mm. I wouldn't mind using a wider lens next time, and I used the 50mm to do close up portraits of of small things like christmas tree worms and such. I don't know if this is a common way to do things, a True macro would have probably been better for that.

I was having problems having the photos in focus when I was at 50mm shooting smaller subjects, but I think it might have been a problem with my buoyancy, and holding still long enough for focusing. More practice will help I guess.

In Topic: First Ocean Photos with 20D Housing

19 August 2008 - 12:17 PM

Way to go Tyler! First ocean dive and you come home with good pictures to show your friends and family, nicely done. Congrats too on completing the initiation to the ocean world. Your life will never be the same again. For our friends around the world Nebraska is just about as far from an ocean as you can get in the northern hemisphere. The only reason to wear a mast there is to keep the mud out of your eyes. You brought back a rush of memories for me Tyler with your post. I made a similar road trip from a little town in Missouri to the Keys in 1972. Four friends, sleeping in a station wagon, first sight of the ocean, first taste of saltwater. We were so green we covered up the shiny parts of our regulators with electrical tape because we'd read that barracuda struck shiny things. Now 36 years and 4000+ dives later, I still remember those dives like it was yesterday. Hang on to those pictures Tyler, put copies in a safe place. Trust me when I tell you that someday they will mean even more to you than they do now.
You don't mention what lens you were using on the 20D, looks like it might be a tad long, my favorite is the shot under the overhang, the next time you're in that situation you might try using the strobe to light the fish on the right. Balancing the strobe lit subjects and ambient light is fun to try and work on. But I'm nitpicking, first ocean dive, with a camera. Great job! :bananashark:

Thanks a lot for the comments and suggestions. We actually took an old Subaru station wagon, and we got the chance to break down in the small town of Odessa Missouri on the way down there (only about 5 hours into the 28 hour long trip- which was 14 hours longer because of the breakdown). A very nice local resident offered to fix our car, and we ended up making it down in time for all of our dives still.

Hopefully I'll get the chance to make it out again soon for photos and for great dives.

In Topic: First Shots with 20D Ikelite Housing

09 August 2008 - 08:20 AM

thanks a lot! that actually helped a ton!


In Topic: First Shots with 20D Ikelite Housing

16 July 2008 - 09:51 AM

I have the same housing, and sometimes the top dial (shutter speed in M mode) doesnt always couple with the button as well as I want. I do use it under water, but not that much and always changing just one or two stops.

If you call Ikelite, they might be willing to send a new rubber bit that is slightly larger. Ikelite have a great service department. I had the larger pad fitted when it went to Ikelite for different reasons. The larger pad helped very well at first, but I expect these pads wear just a wee bit in use, making the fit worse in time.

My short term solution was using a tierap, but then the dial works only with the fatter part of the tierap.

Thanks for the comments and tips guys. I'll just try and limit the need for changing settings as much as possible.

In Topic: Scanning UW Film pictures

13 February 2008 - 09:43 AM

I use a Minolta Dual Scan IV for slide scanning. It does a great job, and it is much cheaper than the Nikon counterpart. I would say that it is comparable if not better than the Nikon cool scan. Google it to get some specifics and stuff.