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adamhanlon

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Trip thread: Wetpixel Whale Sharks 2015

01 August 2015 - 10:56 AM

Greetings from the Hotel Playa la Media Luna in Isla Mujeres, Mexico!

 

Welcome to the forum thread for the 2015 Wetpixel Whale sharks trips. Our first group is leaving today, and we are in the process of welcoming the group for the second trip. This topic will be the place to post images from the trip and share experiences from what is undoubtedly one of nature's great events.

 

Every year many whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) gather in the waters between the islands of Isla Mujeres and Contoy to feast on the eggs of the little tunny (Euthynnus alletteratusthat spawn in the sea. This gathering has been going on for a long time and it presents an amazing opportunity to see and document large numbers of whale sharks behaving entirely naturally. Wetpixel has been running trips to explore the aggregation for the past 7-8 years and we are planing out trips for 2016 already! These are typically oversubscribed, so if you are interested, please get in contact via PM or email.

 

Here are a few images to seed the thread!

 

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Trip leader Cristian Dimitrius hiding from the whale sharks!

 

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The big (and small) guns!

 

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Our amazing first group almost doing a Mexican wave!


FS: Inon S2000 strobes

09 July 2015 - 01:24 PM

Hi folks,

 

I am selling two Inon S2000 strobes. 

 

They are both in as new condition. One hasn't actually been underwater yet!

 

They are excellent macro strobes owing to their amazing compact size.

 

I am wanting £260 each or £500 for both. If you want ball mounts for them, they are also available at an extra £10 each.

 

PayPal/bank transfer and international shipping all OK (at buyer's expense).

 

Pleasee PM me if you want more details.

 

Adam


Red and whitespotted pygmygoby?

30 June 2015 - 01:47 PM

Hi all,

 

I think this is a Red and Whitespotted Pygmygoby (Eviota prasites)?

 

The picture was taken in Komodo, Indonesia.

 

Any other ideas?

 

Many thanks as always

 

Adam

 

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Why do you shoot underwater?

20 May 2015 - 12:27 PM

In a recent conversation with a friend, who is also a very talented underwater photographer, he was extolling the virtues of an arcane technique to create unique images. Upon querying his motivation for wanting to do so, he explained that it would give him a good chance of winning competitions. 

 

It was at that point that I realised that the motivations for shooting underwater vary widely. I have to be honest and say that my primary motivation is to generate images that I can sell to put food on my table. I do enter a few contests, and have had some great results. However my best selling image, that has made me a reasonable amount of money, has never get through the first round in any contests that I have entered it into!

 

So, when you are shooting, do you do so with the intention of winning contests, or of selling the image/footage? Or have I got it all wrong and the two goals are not mutually exclusive?

 

I would be fascinated to hear how other view this. It is a real conundrum for me!

 

Adam


Expose to the right?

20 May 2015 - 12:18 PM

Hi all,

 

In the recent "Wetpixel Ask the Pros" column on wide-angle techniques, one of the questions posed was whether the pros "expose to the right"?

 

Expose to the Right (ETTR) is a technique that deliberately biases exposure towards the highlight end of histogram. The reason for doing this is that nearly 80% of the sensor information is actually recorded in one third of the tonal range-at the highlight end. By exposing the image "perfectly", distributing the sensor information uniformly throughout the histogram range, effectively we are discarding a large amount of image data.

 

For a more in-depth explanation please see Wikepedia or The Luminous Landscape.

 

The technique has generated lots of debate!

 

So, with this in mind, it would be great to know how the Wetpixel community control exposure. Do you Expose to the Right? Or do you go for a uniform distribution?

 

Personally, I try to expose to the right, particularly in scenes that are well lit. In darker scenes, I find it can be a challenge to achieve. The ability of usable high ISO with modern cameras really helps.

 

Adam