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In Topic: Diver goes missing off Cape Mendocino-Cal

23 March 2007 - 09:39 AM

I heard in the shop the other day that the Coasties called off the search. Kawika could often be found making my openwater students giggle by lounging in our dunk tanks to rinse his drysuit at the Breakwater. On occasion we'd banter about nerdy stuff like TTL electronics and computer sampling rates. I didn't know him well, but I know he had solid skills apart from being a really warm person. It is brutal to lose someone like this. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. Mother O is unforgiving, but I hate being reminded like this...

In Topic: Deep Diving - Camera Handling

14 March 2007 - 04:55 PM

You know, just addressing the END issue, I think you might want to go a little heavier on the helium if this is your first dive with this set up to this depth. You never can tell how a little bit more task loading than you are used to can effect you.

Maybe for enough beer, you can hand your camera off for your shallower stops. At least it will be out of the way if there is a current near the surface or your arm is starting to hurt. You might want to consider being able to tear away any clip or lanyard connecting you to your camera/tripod. I've seen guys run clips through surgical tubing or a fat O ring that will break away if you really yank at it hard.

PS: While I'm as much of a nerd as the next guy, I twitch when I hear the DIR debate start up. I used to have to listen to the excruciatingly finer points ("What do you think about stainless bolt snaps versus brass?" "Being a vegan effects gas exchange blah blah blah...") of it while filling Trimix 104 Doubles, stage, and argon bottles well into the wee hours of the morning. They're great guys, but it's allot less fun kicking that stuff around when your slinging tanks the next day instead of checking out a reef at 250fsw. :rolleyes:

In Topic: Just need to vent a little.

07 January 2007 - 10:15 PM

Welcome to the forum, and sorry to hear about your ordeal.

I second Dave's recommendation to use our sponsors whenever possible. They are small outfits compared to B&H, and will give you personal attention, getting out of their way to get gear to you in time.


Lessoned learned. The guys at Backscatter are awesome, I bought a video housing from them a while back and Dave and Jeff went way out of their way to make sure I didn't flood it on the first dive. There's allot to be said for community. Even without my cameras, I can't wait to feel that early morning cold water smack again. Better than espresso!

In Topic: TTL in 2007

09 December 2006 - 09:57 AM

Hey All,

Maybe someone can enlighten (no pun intended) me. I'm a Photo J guy and I live and breath eTTL for surface shooting. I shot allot of DVCAM underwater, but am yet to get a housing and strobes for my DSLR's. Help me out here:

The general theme is that TTL is good for macro, but not wide angle. I would have thought that would be the reverse. Macro subjects tend to not move around allot, allowing you to chimp your exposure. Wide angle subjects, like big critters, do tend to move around allot making TTL useful.

Does anybody make an actual U/W TTL system? The more I look into it, the more I find the need for "converters." One of which looks like it has an "eye" that judges flash exposure. Is there a housing/strobe combination that will let me plug my 5D into a housing, a cord into the hot shoe, and a cord into a TTL strobe?

Has anybody had any experience housing an actual 580EX or SB800 flash and using it underwater? Seems like it might be a big pain in the sense that your tripling the number of O-rings that you need to prep and that might fail. But it looks like it might solve allot of the TTL issues.

I almost never shoot "raw" strobes on land. I'm a big fan of soft, diffused light. The only problem is, that the minute you put anything in front of that flash head, it's not a point light source anymore and guide number math goes out the window. How do you deal with that without TTL or chimping in the case of subjects where you have a second shot.

Phew, that's a lot of questions. I feel like a Trekie that's got Shatner cornered at a sci-fi convention. ;)