Hello, and happy new year!
My name is Hagai Nativ and I'm very glad that this is happen to be my first massage in wetpixel...
I'm about to graduate my B.S'c at marine biology and new to the UW photography, so I Was very happy to find this forum yesterday...
My list of equipment is: Nikon D300 with an Ikelite housing ant 2X DS125 substrobes with two primery lenses as for now, the Nikon 10.5 fisheye and the Nikon 18-70 which, I guess, soon be replaced, or a nice decent macro lens to be added to the list.
My primery goal in the field of marine biology is to become a better UW photographer and to be a specialized photographer for UW researche.
As a start, my seminar is about Scientific Photography (which happen to be the forum name...).
The primery method I exemine in the seminar is Time Laps Photography as a research tool- so if any of you have some articals about it I'll be glad.
My first method I'll share with you, is Time Laps as well, and I'll describe the setting that I used to make a 1:30 min. length movie, which shows a full day (sunrise to sunset) in a naked coral (polips without a Calcium skeleton).
The camera is mounted on a tripod with a macro lens infront of the coral aquarium.
The aquarium is wraped with black paper as backround and a reflaction preventer, with a place to stick the lens infront of the coral.
The camera in mode A (Aperture) and all the other setting are set to auto (Shutter, Iso, WB).
The Aperture set to 10 (depends in the light you have on your lab, but close enough to get a nice D.O.F.)
The camera sets in the Interval Shooting manu: Start: now, take one picture every 10 seconds. (can be varies as for final usage)
I've started to shoot at dark (Iso 3200 and a 5 sec. expo.) and gradually added more light to the scene, to make the aperance of sunrise to the movie.
After shooting- The whole sequence of images (3000) resized to 1080p standard and stitched to a movie on movie maker program.
I cannot show you the movie as for now, becouse the research it made for is not yet published (and it's not mine), but I prommise to share it with you here and to give a link to it once I can.