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In Topic: Pelican Case Users

12 September 2016 - 07:41 AM

I leave my camera in the housing inside in the case. There is a port "plug" in it (which has a whole in it, so no risk of a vacuum). I carry a second body in a backpack with my dive computers etc.


Regarding the camera being "shocked" if the case is dropped, I really can't see that being an issue. The Pelicans are really tough as are the housings. I suspect the plane could fly into the side of a mountain and the only "thing" to survive would be my camera! Seriously though, some Dufus once knocked my entire system off of an elevated bridge on a boat. The thing (Camera, 2 strobes, 8" dome) hit the carpeted deck about 6' below and the only thing the happened in the dome shade came off. It was easily reattached. This is not to say that I recommend doing this, but I think these things are tougher than we think.


I seem to recall a thread on here a year or so ago about the truly "stupidest" things that we've had happen to our systems. I mentioned by "bridge drop" but I think our beloved Vis'art mentioned that he put his system on the roof of his car and then drove away. I seem to recall that the resultant tumble down the trunk of his car onto the road resulted in some damage, but more to the strobes and arms, and the car itself, than it did to the camera and housing.

In Topic: Setup for ambient light shooting of deep wrecks

11 September 2016 - 09:32 PM

I shoot wrecks in the Great Lakes primarily, and the type of photo you are describing probably has more to do with the conditions on any given day, rather than the type of camera. Truk is more likely to have great visibility than the Great Lakes, but even at that, how bright the day is will have a bearing. These "panoramic" shots are not easy to take with successful results.


As for any particular camera, as you noted, a very wide angle is necessary. I find I like the results better when I shoot with a slower shutter speed (and a steady hand) in darker conditions, that I do with cranking up the ISO. Some of my personal favorites (and that were good enough to run in a dive magazine) were shot at 1/40th of a second. 


I don't much worry about white balance... I set it at auto and if necessary, I tweak it a little in post...


There's some examples of this type of shot here:  https://wetspot.smug...com/Shipwrecks/

In Topic: Strobe positioning with fisheye lens

28 August 2016 - 02:25 PM

As BC83 pointed out, apart from positioning, consider dialing back the power in your strobes to the bare minimum to do the job. If you can still expose properly, then the amount of backscatter and visible ligt reflecting off of stuff in the water can be minimized...


If you are essentially shooting CFWA, then you can angle the stobes inward, more like you would shooting macro, then the backscatter is minimized die to the short strobe/subject/lens distance...

In Topic: Help me pick gear for a season on the Palmyra Atoll / questions from a newbie

24 August 2016 - 08:11 AM

Sounds like reasonable choice! I agree that strobes wouldn't add much, other than weight and cost. Adding a little light to fill in shadows should do it.


As for which dome, I think the bigger question is whether Ikelite has extension rings for those lenses. The actual dome size is probably neither here nor there for this type of shooting, but which dome is paired with the lens is critical to avoid distortion or "dome cropping".


Presumably Ikelite has a compatibility chart available which should guide you.


Oh, by the way, (and I think I speak for everyone who reads your post).... it's not fair to call anything you do in that location, "work". Just sayin'...;-)

In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

19 July 2016 - 07:21 PM

I am still amazed that nobody makes a light weight hard case. The Pelicans are way to heavy to be a practical solution to carry on travel....


The new Pelican Air cases are a lot lighter, but the reality is, no matter what you use, it's going to be overweight for carry-on. My logic is that if I am forced to check my bag, at least it will survive...