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  1. What stobe are you going to use? There was a short topic about how the Ikelite ettl2 may work with other strobes than the D125.


    Not going to mess with a good thing - I'll be using two Ikelite DS-125's...


    Let us see some pics!


    Patience...they will come :D


    ~Matt Segal

  2. I've been feeling very excited for the last couple days - I placed my order and received confirmation that I would be getting one of the first (if not the first) production Ikelite 20D eTTL2 housings in time for my Turks and Caicos trip


    Within the next few days or so I should be able to post a few pictures of the housing itself...and in 7 days I'm off to T&C for some much awaited u/w tests.




    Just to whet your appetites :wink:


    *edit* A very special thanks to both Ike Brigham of Ikelite (and the Ikelite crew) and Ryan Canon of UWCP.com for making this possible. */end edit*


    ~Matt Segal

  3. From Ryan of UWCP in regard to the black-caps, and confirmed by Ike of Ikelite:


    "Unfortunately, the Dual Sync Cable's caps are not waterproof, so you'll need a single cord for use with the single strobe, and need to purchase a dual cord when the second strobe is added."




    "The caps are merely dust covers to keep the o-rings clean, and do not exert any pressure so o-rings are not deformed in storage. There used to be all kinds of crazy recomendations with Nikonos cameras about storage o-rings, etc, so Ike just made caps that didn't affect the sealing surface."


    ~Matt Segal

  4. To start with, it's 150 *full-power* flashes. I've done 4 dives in a day where I haven't had to recharge the strobe battery once...merely because I haven't shot much at absolutely full-power...


    If you replace the NiCd cells with NiMH cells, the strobe will most definitely *not* recharge in 1second or less.


    NiCD has extremely low internal resistivity, allowing for higher peak currents and discharges. NiMH has a higher internal resistivity, and while you can find cells with higher capacities, they are not as well designed for the current-loads inherent in strobe use. Not only will the strobe recharge slower, but if you are using the focusing light at the same time, you'll probably see a dip in output.


    I merely don't understand why you want to mess with a proven thing...


    BTW - I'm assuming that by opening the pack you've voided the warranty...unless Ike is just very willing to still work on anything you damage...


    ~Matt Segal

  5. Took some time to put together a gallery of the shots I consider the "most artistic" in a sense...left out most of the "fish ID" pictures in favor of just the (I think) well-composed ones...I might make another "creature gallery" that will have an image of nearly everything that I saw, simply to illustrate the diversity of the Maui...


    Here's the gallery - http://www.carbonos.com/trips/nov2004maui/index.html


    Hope everyone enjoys and I'd love to hear your comments...it's your input that has gotten me this far, and I thank you for that...

  6. Dove with Ed Robinson's from 11/24 to tonight, 11/26. On the night dives tonight Ed himself ended up coming out with us...a very rare occurrence...


    Maybe all the fish thought it was time for an underwater Noah's Ark ( ??? ), but there seemed to be a lot of pairing up going on...


    Spotted these Raccoon Butterflyfish (I think?) about 15ft away from me, just hovering above the reef...



    1/125, f/3.2, ISO64 (C5050)


    Marty's Reef and then Tako Flats (out near Reef's End, Molokini)...found a few things I haven't seen or haven't seen in awhile...two leaf scorpionfish (cream-colored and a black-colored), wire coral goby, leopard goby, fire dart goby, flounders, psychedelic wrasse (male w/ large harem), bicolor anthias, etc...it was fun :) No time to do backscatter cleanup though...especially with this awful laptop mouse...



    1/250, f/7, ISO64 (c5050), Inon macro lens


    There were two wire coral gobies, but this was the better picture...there's one where they lined up head-to-head, but that'll take some cleaning.



    1/250, f/5.6, ISO64 (c5050)


    These guys were rather large, but *extremely* shy and skittish. Incredible coloration however.



    1/250, f/4.5, ISO64 (c5050)


    The DMs said these Fire Dart Gobies were rarer than rare here on Maui? Saw this one, very small guy out on Molokini by a cleaning station...


    I have to say that I think I've seen more variety of life in my last two days of diving here in Maui than in the last two years that I've previously been here...not so much big stuff, but incredible finds we've had so far...


    Papua New Guinea shattered a misconception that I had about longnose hawkfish - that they just sit on the coral all the time. In PNG, they were always flitting about, never sitting still. Apparently, in Maui they actually do rarely move:



    1/160, f/3.6, ISO64 (c5050)


    I love the coloration on these Gilded Triggerfish...



    1/200, f/4.5, ISO64 (c5050)


    And everyone's favorite, a gold-lace nudibranch:



    1/200, f/8, ISO64 (c5050)


    The night dives were nothing short of perfect. Ed Robinson was a real fun guy to talk to. Started out at Reef's End, Molokini, and saw a baby trumpetfish, a five mantas that were just coming in and swooping around a cleaning station...was able to get extremely close to these guys.




    We then went over to Marty's Reef where the variety of life exploded - octopus (x3), eels in the open hunting, flatworms, nudibranchs, large crabs, hawaiian red lobster, some type of shrimp, scrawled filefish, multiple whip coral gobies...it was intense...






    So sad to be leaving :( ...hope all enjoyed the weekly dose...the gallery will be up in a week or two (finals coming up, so those take a little time...)


    As always, I love comments, good or bad, so whatever you think, feel free to say it. Many more pictures (a lot of fish profiles especially) to edit, but I'll save those for the gallery...I'd love to hear from everyone...


    ~Matt Segal

  7. Why - two dwarf morays of course! :)


    First two dives on Maui this morning...great weather and water..




    Just a teaser of course...hope everyone enjoys...can't release too many of the pictures yet...*also* I can't guarantee color accuracy...it should be close but not exact because I'm working on an un-calibrated LCD screen...not my main computer.


    Found these two near Red Rock:



    1/250, f/6.3, ISO64 (this with the C5050), Inon macro lens


    ~Matt Segal

  8. Always run this lens in AF mode.


    The 100mm USM macro allows you to make manual focusing adjustments *at all times*, without having to worry about stripping gears or anything of that sort.


    Ratio switches simply set a limit on the near focusing distance...you won't want to bother with these since you'll be shooting macro anyway.


    Does that mean I can use this lens in this port as an autofocus, and overide it as needed?




    Am I better off just buying the 5505.45 autofocus flat port?


    No. Unless you really want to save $20-30 or something like that...


    ~Matt Segal

  9. 1) Filters - Do I still need to use filters for macro shots? Or is it just for Wide Angle blue water shots? Craig has some very SOLID photos by using the filters on the strobe.


    You don't need to use filters for any of your pictures. 90% or more of u/w photographers do not use filters. However, once you have developed your skills with adaptive strobe lighting and whatnot, filters can be a nice creative outlet to explore. (craig - agree?)


    2) Black background - At F8.0 (Max for my camera) adjusting the speed to 1/320 or higher, I am able to get black background in order to highlight my subject?


    I don't think that you even need f/8.0...any shutter speed much higher than 1/500 will usually provide a close to black background, unless you are running wide open (f/1.8, f/2, etc) with a high ISO...


    3) File formats - Right now I'm saving them under TIFF. Comparing both TIFF and RAW which is better for prints and quality? Why is TIFF bigger in file size?


    RAW is infinitely better than TIFF. TIFF is uncompressed, but RAW gives you much more ability for digital manipulation prior to the final image (I suggest Photoshop CS for this part).


    Hope this helps, from someone who uses the C5050 (albeit with a DS125...see my website for examples - carbonos scuba )


    ~Matt Segal

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