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    Gozo, Malta

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D2x
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    Aquatica
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea DX90
  1. Thanks for getting the day started with a smile :-)
  2. I would suggest trying to get your hands on John Shaw's 1987 book - Closeups in Nature. I've just seen it secondhand on Amazon £2.69 here in the UK. He has many options but using his directions for stacked lenses P112 should give you the workable high magnifications you are looking for using an aquarium and the 7d. You will need a reversing ring to link the lenses, and perhaps a step up ring for one of the lenses if they do not have the same filter sizes. The magnification obtained is 1000mm divided by the focal length of the front reversed lens. So a 50mm stacked on a 100mm lens will give you 1000/50 or a 20x magnification. I would also look at using the smallest aquariums available for the filming and use the larger aquarium as a keep tank. Try creating a small aquarium with microscope slides sealed with silicon at the edges, and a moveable slide inside to confine the object being filmed. A watch glass suspended on a ring of plasticine / modelling clay will also allow you a shallow depth for the specimen and the ability to light from behind as well. Black velvet suspended in front of the aquarium with a hole to shoot through will also cut down on reflections. Camera on a tripod, and the aquarium on the heaviest table /surface you can find. I remember reading somewhere that Oxford Scientific Films had special granite tables built for their super macro filming. Cheers Rob
  3. Gozo Diver Survey Well I never got asked :-) but I can see where the results came from. I would have chosen a different sequence for the best underwater photography sites on Gozo! And before you say anything Tim - I know they rate Double Arch over Xlendi! Must all have been depth merchants :-) Rob
  4. Tim Nice pic of Double Arch, but I don't think 36 meters, housed DSLR and Strobe fits with the Junior Open Water Diver, and camera to 30 feet question of the original post :-) When are you planning your next Gozo holiday? There is quite a cadre of underwater photographers building on Gozo now. Folk like Pete Bullen, and Richard Salter who are also out there most of the time. Cheers Rob
  5. Ben Funnily enough, I've just been looking at replacing the compact cameras used on my photo courses out here in Gozo and was seriously considering moving away from housed compacts to these wee rugged all-in-ones. My favourite was also the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 (european version) though I still have some doubts about how rugged they are. Should be testing a sample towards the end of October. The 12m limit would not be a problem as it is easy to maintain that depth or shallower in my main teaching site in Xlendi Bay. Also any practice dives you can grab to get your buoyancy up to speed will also help when you come to shoot. And in the words of the famous photographer Robert Capa, "If your picture isn't good enough, you're not close enough." Cheers Rob
  6. Just came across the thread. My fault for not keeping up to speed with the forums. :-( I tend to take the opposite view on diving the likes of the P29 in that I prefer diving from the shore. The swim out takes 12 to 15 minutes, but I use that time to reset the old brain to being underwater and to "tune in". The swim back and safety stops on the reef all add to a different set of images as well. Competing for space on a dive boat with non photographers and trying to protect your camera rig from the occasional oaf trying to sit on top of you is way more stressful. On the other hand - early or late season boats dives to the likes of Comino Caves can be very rewarding with a big camera rig. Cheers Rob
  7. Just came across this posting - really should keep up with the forums more :-) Great set of images! Which dive shop were you based with on Gozo? Rob
  8. Even though the photography is not directly relevant to the forum, you may want to read through what Brooks Jensen has to say about selling prints and have a look at his straightforward display methods.
  9. Having just reviewed the equipment I'll need for the course I'm doing prior to the 17th there is no way I'll manage to bring u/w gear as well. As much as I would have liked to get some dives in, I'm afraid I will need to drop out. Rob
  10. For once my timetable may just work out. I will be in Anacortes for a workshop 13 - 16th. Getting back down to Seattle for dives 17th and 18th looks feasible, if I can pick up some rental gear. Had not planned on bringing my underwater kit all the way from Gozo, but this swings it. As long as the logistics work, count me in for both days. Cheers Rob
  11. I have a pair of darkbuster lights for my video set-up and tried to use them on a macro set-up with my dslr. While the lights work great with video, they did not produce enough light to allow a stopped down F11/F16 exposure on macro. I've also tried them as a focusing light - shooting in caverns here in Gozo. Worked great for focus but had a very negative effect on the marine life - they all shied away from the bright video light while taking macro flash images.
  12. Will this give us the same vision as an F3 and DA2 action finder? Showing my age, but also why I first bought Aquatica housings :-)
  13. Do any of the UK based photographers know of a swimming pool for hire that would be available to do some underwater figure work with a model? I'm based in Windsor but happy to travel a bit. Oceanic facility in Devon is a tad expensive for some test shoots.
  14. I know where you mean Trevor - Crarae Bay Jetty beside the disused quarry. Most of my ARPS portfolio was shot there :-) Squat Lobster
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