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In Topic: Great Lakes, not so exotic but worth it just the same!

18 January 2017 - 08:02 PM

Hi Stoo,


I am super excited to make other trips round the Lakes, Tobermory, Isle Royale, Two Rivers, Milwaukee, Whitefish etc etc. You are so right about cold water diving. I guess anyone if given the option will want to go for the 30ºC water but people shouldnt discount colderwater dives. There are cracker sights to be enjoyed and the water temp is a slight logistic to think about avoiding freezing your balls off! Want to give that Gunuilda a nudge too!! Cant wait!




Indeed... I always figure that the reason we don't get more visitors from afar, is that transitioning from tropical diving in a 3mm suit isn't easy. Or inexpensive. On the other hand, anyone who can dive in 200' of water that's barely above freezing can easily head south (and we do!)

In Topic: Advice for a beginner?

18 January 2017 - 05:58 PM


Without doubt adding a 45-degree, magnifying viewfinder to my Subal housing has been my best upgrade.


^^^ What he said.

In Topic: Advice for a beginner?

18 January 2017 - 05:45 PM

What Stoo doesn't mention is that actually finding the critter, in the dark, in the viewfinder with a 105mm lens and +5 diopter is an art form all in itself.....  :crazy:


Haha... Ya, there is that. I use a 45° viewfinder (which I love, especially in situations like the one I described above) but I'd hate to tell you how many times I poked myself in the mask!


I love shooting shipwrecks. All you have to do is point the camera in the general direction of the giant thing on the bottom of the lake, and push the little button. Piece o' cake...

In Topic: Post Edit Software Preferences

18 January 2017 - 05:10 PM

Hi.... Let me share how NOT to do it! ;-)


I use Photoshop almost exclusively. I'm reasonably capable with it. Because a certain amount of my stuff ends up in print, I need to be able to convert to the CMYK colour space. I don't think that Lightroom does, although I am likely wrong about that.


Where Lightroom shines is when you use it as a workflow... a way to sort, catelogue and edit your images. It sames tons of disk space. The most simple example of the benefit of it has to do with watermarks. The way I do things... I have a RAW file, I have an RGB jpg. In many cases, I have another jpeg with my watermark. In a tiny number of cases, I also have a LARGE CMYK tiff which is going to a magazine, or is being used to produce a calendar or possibly a poster. And then I wonder why I never have disk space!


The only time I use Lightroom honestly is to "bulk watermark" a bunch of images.


I think you can get by fine with Photoshop and some decent organizational discipline. However, I don't think you could get by with only Lightroom as it is somewhat limited in it's editing options...


Now if someone who actually knows something about Lightroom would care to correct everything I just said, that would be fine.


Also... Photoshop is expensive. Lightroom is cheap. Photoshop Elements does about 98% of everything you need in Photoshop, as long as you don't care about CMYK

In Topic: Advice for a beginner?

16 January 2017 - 06:11 AM


Good advice I think on the 105mm v 60mm. I used both on a Nikon D300. The 60mm on the DX sensor was very much a work horse and I'm glad I started with that. The 105mm is, as Stoo thinks, tricky and, to start with at  least, a bit frustrating. 


The neat thing is that the 60 with the diopter gets darn close too, but at the expense of a stop or two...


This shot of a white-spot prawn in British Columbia was shot with the 105 (on my D7000) with the +5 diopter. The entire prawn was about 1.5" long, so this image takes in perhaps 1/2" top to bottom. It is not cropped. The distance from the prawn to the surface of the diopter was about 4" I think. Conveniently it was nighttime and I was using a red focus light. I should add that I was lying on a gravel bottom, resting on my elbows and really, really, really squeezing the shutter slowly. I love thoughtful critters that position them selves alongside an otherwise barren hunk of the ocean bottom...