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  1. Lmao. I just realized I replied to my own post. Oh well its a report back trip then. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I dived with both of the shops. Highly recommend Maui Dream. You will actually dive with Maui Diamond the boat company. They are owned by husband and wife. Ask for Laurel as your DM, she can points out tiny little Nudis. They are the best shop in Maui hands down. Molokini is not bad for macro. I saw a bunch of nudis including blue dragons, some lobster, cleaner shimps. Occasionally you see large creatures like ray or shark or even Whale shark from what I heard. However, I’d recommend Lanai Cathedral site more. The lava cave was stunning with abundant marine life. For Oahu, lower your expectations. Water visibility is not as clear as maui. Wreck dives are better than drift dives which can be very murky. Dive Oahu offers nice boat, modern gears but they have mixed discovery and licensed group. They kinda rush the group back to the line so good luck with macro. I’d recommend Reef Pirate on the east side, they go to Corsair often and can take you to better 2nd site like Sea Cave. Their boat is smaller but they take 6 max, often more advanced divers. Hope that helps. Had fun. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I have a Sony A7C with kit lens and Nauticam CMC1. I can take some nice macro with this setup like this one However, the working range is very limited. I often found myself not able to get close enough to the subject because of the rocks or corals will block my camera going further. I also have a SEL90mm lens. I’d need to shell out a new port for it. Would it give me better working range and flexibility? How is the photo quality compared to the kit lens with Diopter? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Is it a cushion sea star? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Thank you! Yes it was with the A7C kit lens + CMC-1 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Definitely being closer to the subject is key too. Thanks to you guys I dont feel too frustrated looking at my photos after the dives lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. What do you guys think of the after edit photos? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. You guys are spot on. I changed to 1/125 or 1/160 the problem went away Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. So after multiple trial and errors, I found a good strobe position for me. That is to have both strobes behind the handles and pointing straight instead of slightly outward. Many photos from my last dive came out pretty good (compared to my previous photos) without any edits. Below are some samples with mostly just auto edit button in LR. I’d recommend to try out this strobes position if anyone is facing the same issue as I was. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Thank you! I’m pretty happy with my first blackwater macro photo. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. They were at 1/320. Is it too fast for my strobes? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. My Sony A7C with the kit lens photos have a black line or weird looking color on the 1/3 of the top area of the test photos like below. I think it may be the strobes since the photo with out the strobe looks ok. This happened with or without the CMC1 lens. On the previous dive with the WA WWL-1B lens the photos were fine. I have 2 inon z330s. Is it sth wrong with my strobes or camera setting causing issue with the strobes? Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I shot this tiny little guy in Lanai - Cathedral 1 dive site. Does anyone know what it is? It is tiny about the size of a grain of rice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Oneyellowtang. People rushed in the cave as soon as they got into the water. I waited for them to get to the back to take those photos Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. The photos turned out average :-/. The ray was not very strong on the day I dived. What do you guys think I can do in LR mobile to pop it more? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Wow those photos are [emoji91][emoji91][emoji91] wolfgang. I missed your reply so did not try high ISO . Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Thank you for all the suggestions. Idk if the dive tour will do that for me but I’ll try to request to go in first. What camera do you have and the setting you had to take the ceiling ray light? Any particular spot at Cathedral 1 you think is the best spot from your experience? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Thanks Chris. That is a great tip to check Flikr before the dive for camera setting. I'll report back after the trip. Hopefully my I don't bomb all the photos lol
  19. I have had the A7C rig for a few dives now and shared some photos on my new IG account here. I'm a complete noob so I think the camera is more capable than my current photography skill. https://www.instagram.com/scubapixel/ .
  20. Lol I did not do a good job explaining in this post. Let me clarify. The photos are not mine. I’m going to the same dive site in those photos. I posted the photos as an example of what I want to capture at the dive site next week so I can get some advice on camera and strobe setting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. No they are bot my photos. I wanted to show how the environment looks like. I Deleted them and ref the link instead. How would you set your camera setting to take photo of that cave with light rays? It’s 50-60 ft depth. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. I Updated the source. Thanks for the explanation. What shutter speed do you think I should set to get similar results as those 2 photos? I found f11 iso250 1/125 does not quite get the clear light rays for my camera How do I set custom white balance for the light rays? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Hi, I booked to dive at the famous Cathedral site by Lanai island in Hawaii where we will go inside a lava cave with ray of lights shining down from ceiling holes. I have a FF sony A7C with 2 inon strobes + WA wet lens. How do I take great photo in this environment to capture the ray of light (shutter speed, aperture, ISO)? High shutter speed? How high? Should I use the strobes at all? Here are some photos from the web to demo what I want to capture: both are from scubadiving dot com. https://www.scubadiving.com/lanais-most-popular-site-first-cathedral Thank you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Thanks for the tip. For all my photos, I had ISO at 250, f/11 and SS 1/125s Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. Here is another shot of the turtle when I turned back to take more photo when realized the first shot was over exposed. I think I had M on with -0.3 EV. About 3 ft (1m) away from the turtle but did not light up the turtle. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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