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About matt215

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    Franklin, TN

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 5D mark iii, Canon 5D mk2, Canon 7D
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    2 Ikelite DS-125
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    Sola 800, Sola 2000, SubSee +5 diopter
  1. I want to do an underwater fashion shoot. Ive tried it once, but want to do a better job, and have some questions... How do you trigger strobes from above the water? What do you use for a backdrop? Where do you find good wardrobe? Where do you find good models who can do this type of thing? Thanks for your input
  2. trying to decide between Lembeh and Ambon for next dive trip. Been to Lembeh but not Ambon. Would like to try something new, but Ambon seems harder to get to. Anyone been to both? What are pros and cons of each?
  3. Nice site. I really like the easy navigation, and the images to click on to go to the various galleries as you scroll down the home page. Your black and white images of the rays are very nice...
  4. Thanks for your comment. Those mandarins were swimming right up to my port that night. They weren't shy at all. This one rose up above the coral rubble and into the water column so there was nothing behind him. Single fiber optic snoot and rapid fire shutter release.
  5. Here's a few shots from a recent trip to Lembeh. This is my first time posting images, so I'd appreciate any feedback good and bad. Shot with Canon 5D mark 3, Ikelite housing, and 2 Ikelite DS 125 strobes with occasional use of a fiber optic snoot and +5 wet diopter
  6. Land based trip. I dove with Neal Watson.
  7. I went last February. It was a blast! Hammerheads everyday. I don't think you will be disappointed. Here's a video from that trip. I primarily shoot stills, and this footage is just from a go pro on top of my housing, but this is what it's like...
  8. Anyone tried that macro mini lens for the go pro? Is it any good? Looks like you have to use lights with it. Going to Lembeh soon and wanted to try a little video to go along with my stills
  9. I just ordered a fiber optic snoot attachment for my Ikelite DS 125s. I'm wanting to know how to position these strobes. I have 2 arms on 1 strobe. Position both from the side? One above and one from the side? Straight on? I'm trying to minimize lighting the background.
  10. You can't go wrong with Cocos or Galapagos. You'll see schooling scalloped hammerheads. Keep in mind that both of these destinations are liveaboard trips and are usually about 2 weeks. The dive ing conditions can be difficult at these locations. Most dives are deep (100feet or more) and there's current which can be strong. Also, watch the El Niño forecasts. If El Niño conditions are present, you won't see as many sharks. The bahamas, in particular Bimini, are good for great hammerheads in January - March. If you go to Cocos, I recommend any of the boats in the Undersea Hunter group. They are top notch and the diving is done from steel pangas. These are much more stable than inflatable zodiacs that other boats use. I can't imagine riding out to Alcyone at Cocos in an inflatable over all those waves. And getting out of the water... no thanks
  11. www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2204881/ http://m.news-journal.com/mobile/news/local/longview-chiropractor-missing-after-dive-off-the-bahamas/article_b25f7bbc-0bba-11e4-af3c-0019bb2963f4.html So sad to hear. Sounds like he had done a good bit of underwater photography, so I assume he has a least deascent diving skills...
  12. I have a trip planned at about the same time, and I haven't bought my ticket yet. Thanks for posting this. I was planning on leaving on a Tuesday, but now I may have to stay another day
  13. Anyone been to Bimini to photograph great hammerheads? Which dive operation did you use? My internet search keeps coming up with Neal Watson, but I've never heard anything about them. Any recommendations? Also, is there anything besides the hammerheads to photograph?
  14. Thanks for all the replies. I read one and think Anilao. I read anothe and think Lembeh. I think I'd rather go back to Lembeh, but it's such a pain to get there...
  15. Considering a trip at the end of December. Either lembeh or anilao. Been too lembeh and love it! Anilao seems easier to get to but how does the diving compare to lembeh? Same animals? What's at either location at that time of year. My heart says to stick with a known winner and go back to lembeh, but anilao would be some variety, and easier to get to. Thoughts?
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