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    Pacific Northwest

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D200
  • Camera Housing
    Light and Motion Titan D200
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Nikonos SB-105's Ikelite DS-125's
  1. Hi Donna, We do quite a bit of shore diving in Cold Water (drysuits, double steel tanks) with my 25 lbs. Camera. I enter the water along with my buddy, carrying my fins and camera. I hand the camera to my buddy to hold while I put on my fins, then I put thier fins on for them (since they are being nice and holding my beast) , then get my camera back. This works very well for me as long as the waves aren't huge. I often reverse this process when getting back up into my dive boat. Hand the camera to a buddy, take my fins off, climb the ladder, drop my gear, pick up the camera, then pull my ever so helpful buddie's fins off for them.
  2. I have not found a way to search EXIF information yet (wouldn't that be cool), but by searching for the image names (which in my case match the common names of the species), I have so far found 7 web sites using my images. For example if you go to Google Images and search for "Spiny Dogfish", the image in the middle hosted by Gulfofme was the most recent site I found. The name of the image was "spinydogfish.jpg". It takes almost 6 months from when content is posted before it will show up prominently in Google Images, so you will typically only find images that have been on your web site for at least a year.
  3. NSS-CDS Full Cave TDI Trimix First PADI Certification in 1989
  4. Thanks Craig, I had no idea that it was "per work". I was thinking $45 per image and that just seemed to darn expensive to me. Sending a DVD is an awesome idea!
  5. Hi James, I thought about registering the images with the copyright office previously but was too cheap to fork over the $45 fee. Maybe I should have reconsidered? Is that something you do with your images? As for the other photographer's watermark, I do not believe in this case that the photographer had anything to do with it. I think a "grad student" was being creative and in truth there was no watermark on the original image (my bad, and I have fixed that now). The web site in question belonged to a University in California and I suspect it would not be worth the effort to seek money through a civil suit in this case, although I did offer to sell them a right to use the image for a reasonable amount. Their claim is that the image came from a royalty free web site with the watermark already on it, but of course they can't tell me where that site is.
  6. Hi Eric, That's good advice. I was actually excluding my own web site from the searching, but was searching on the image name. For example: spinydogfish -site:boydski.com found one of my images with another photographer's watermark on it! Thank goodness for the embedded EXIF data on that one, but it took about a half dozen emails to get the image pulled.
  7. I've never been a fan of Google Images (or Yahoo Images) as I always felt like they were displaying my images without context (or ownership) and made it really easy for people to steal images from my web site without even visiting the site. However, today I had some time to kill at lunch, so I spent about 10 minutes searching Google Images for the few images I have actually sold (so I know they have value to somebody) and low and behold, I quickly found 4 of those images hosted on other web sites. Fortunately, they hadn't even changed the name of the image. I sent nice emails off to the four web sites, and withing a half hour, two had apologized and pulled the images. One site I have not heard back from yet, and the fourth site has me puzzled. They are trying to determine what to do about the image, which is displayed with a "Photo by Andrew J. Martinez" watermark on the image. I told them that I'm very keen to learn how Andrew's name came to be associated with my image, and that if they check the EXIF data of the image on their site, it clearly says, "Copyright 2004 Scott Boyd All Rights" in the user comment field. Interesting stuff to be sure.
  8. PM sent. I have a dive buddy that is selling his Ike 8080 system.
  9. Hi Steve, I had a similar issue with my Titan about 6 months ago after a flood, and I had to replace the small board in the housing that mates with the camera sled to get things working correctly again. However, I was able to get the strobes to fire (but not able to adjust anything) by carefully cleaning the contacts where the sled connects to the housing circuit board and where the sled pins connect to the camera. There was a lot of "green gunk" at both points due to electolasis from the salt water. Good Luck,
  10. It looks like the EPIC 2005 winners will be announced on their web site on Monday, May 23rd. http://www.epicphotocontest.org Good Luck!
  11. I carry my camera(s) and all of my lenses, plus my laptop in same Trekker AW backpack as UWphotoNewbie. At times I also squeeze in my regulator and mask. It's a tight squeeze into the overhead bins on really small planes, but it always manages to fit, and I find the backpack is very easy to carry through the airports. The custom fit padding keeps everything nice and safe. The housing (L&M Titan), ports, 3 strobes, strobe arms, etc., get shipped in a Pelican Case (the one with roller wheels) will all the batteries, chargers, tools, etc. So far no damage or theft to anything in the case, which I assume most folks won't really recognize or know what it's for. Boydski
  12. Hi Mike, I have kept my old Tetra Housing and Olympus camera as a backup, and it has served me very well when my DSLR housing has crapped out. In fact, one of my favorite photos from this past year was taken with the old Tetra when the ROC controller in my Titan housing failed. I always try to bring my backup camera and housing with me, and frequently loan it to my dive buddy or friends so it stays wet and working. This has also proved usefull when I have the big housing set up for Macro and a big Sixgill shark comes cruising by. I just "borrow" back the other camera (which is set up for wide angle), and am a very happy camper that I don't have to miss the opportunity. Boydski
  13. Hi Colin, I recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos with a group of cold water divers, most of whom wore their dry suits. On some good advice I received before the trip, I left my drysuit at home and wore a 5mm wetsuit and a hooded vest. I was toasty warm at Wolf and Darwin, and noticed one big advantage that wearing the wetsuit gave me was the ability to keep up with the Whale Sharks a little longer than the drysuit divers. Both Dive Masters were wearing wetsuits, and several times after swimming vigorously after a whaleshark for a photo op, I would look around and notice the DM's and myself where the only divers keeping up with the shark. The extra drag from the drysuits seemed to slow the other divers down just enough that all they got were tail shots. Every one of them also flooded their suit during the week (usually because they shredded their dry gloves). If you're interested in more information, I have posted a trip report on my web site. Enjoy your trip! Boydski
  14. Thanks Alex, I have to agree. I have pretty much relegated my YS90's to my backup camera, but they do a fine job as a backup. Boydski
  15. The first shot is f2.8 1/100 second ISO 400 (it was seriously dark in those caves!) Second shot is f3.5 1/125 second ISO 200, single strobe. Third shot is f6.3 1/100 second ISO 100, single strobe, Olympus camera. Boydski
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