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Stoo

Member Since 03 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Jan 27 2017 08:28 PM
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In Topic: Advice for a beginner?

27 January 2017 - 07:35 PM


Do you have any issues with lighting, or is it straight forward due to the strobe arms and how much the under water strobes can be moved?

 

I don't... You need to be aware of how you are placing the strobes of course, but that's no different than any other lens. I shoot a lot of WA at home and my strobes are out as far as I can get them, and pointing away from "straight" be maybe 30°. With macro, I have them pulled in fairly close the housing, and pointing (generally) somewhat inward unless the water clarity is horrible. I've always found lighting macro to be relatively simple with a little practice, simply because there is so little water between subject and lens...


In Topic: How to fix a broken Sea & Sea Fiber cable?

22 January 2017 - 06:50 PM

A friend of mine busted a cable while we were in northern BC in a very remote area, last October. She trimmed the ends, then with a little assistance, she used a piece of electrical tape to attach the two ends. Once secure, she wrapped a second piece over the first and extended it further along the cables. Amazingly it held up for the rest of the week.

 

When I teach photo workshops, I have a "10 Commandments of UW Photography" sheet.  #1 is "O-rings first, Beer second"... #5 is "Sync cables are the root of all evil. Thou shalt always travel with a spare..."

 

Just sayin'!


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!

 

Pete

 

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...