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Parso last won the day on September 14 2013

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    Sydney, Australia

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 40D
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    Ikelite with 8 inch dome
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Single Ikelite DS-160
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    Sigma 17-70macro lens, ULCS strobe arms
  1. Thanks for the comments. I used a Canon 50D in an Ikelite housing, with 2 DS-160 strobes, along with the Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens. ISO 200, f9, 11mm and 1/200 sec.
  2. Here's a shot of a Great White I took off Port Linchon, South Australia, back in July. Great White Shark by MJParsons Photography, on Flickr
  3. Taken with a Canon 50D in an Ikelite houding with dual DS160 strobes with a Tokina 10-17 lens at a pretty shallow site called Fairy Bower which is in Manly, Sydney, Australia. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8705496153_82ffdd4495_z.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8411/8706618346_8d0e0e32e8_z.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8706559250_2876087094_z.jpg
  4. Hi All. In July I am heading to South Australia to cage dive with the Great Whites, with my Canon 50D in an Ikelite housing. I recently brought a Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens for the trip. I have the Ike 8" dome port, but would need to buy the superwide mounting body #5510.11 to use the lens with the 8" dome. My other option is to buy the 6" dome port #5503 and shoot with the dome shade removed. I have read that, in the cage you are better off with a less bulky rig. I was wondering if one or the other improves or detracts from the images. So the question is, am I better off with the 8" or 6" dome port. Thanks in advance for your replys.
  5. Great shots. Looks like you had some awsome vis. Its a shame about the fish hooks and line attached to the sharks though. All to common at a critical habitat site on the East Coast of NSW unfortunatley.
  6. Great shots. I take it these were taken at Beqa Lagoon. I dived there a few years ago with a Nik V, but didn't manage to get anything close to this quality.
  7. I took this shot not long ago at Magic Point, Maroubra, Sydney. A great dive, with about 5/6 young endangered Grey Nurse Sharks.There is an estimated 300/500 sharks of this type left on the coast of NSW. Currently, there are 10 critical habitat sites that the State Government has identified as aggregation locations for these sharks on the east coast of NSW. Unfortunately, in a half hearted effort to look good, and bowing to the fishing lobby, the Government still allow people to fish in these critical habitats. I have dived at a number of these sites and have seen many of these sharks, with fishing hooks caught in their mouth, gills, or body. Obviously this type of interference with their natural well being has a great effect on their existence. I'm sure a lot of people out there are familiar with this type of pathetic response from our so called leaders. Sorry for the rant. Comment on the Photo are more than welcome. Cheers.
  8. Took this 3 weeks ago at South West Rocks, NSW, Australia. Note the wire trace in its gill's.
  9. Awesome. I think the world definitely needs a bit more of that, in this day and age. Thanks for sharing. Like everybody else, viewing that, has made my day. Parso
  10. All I can suggest is contacting Ikelites service department and hopefully getting a solution off them. Best of luck. Let us know how you get on Cheers Parso
  11. Before I start, let me say that I take full responsibility for the mishap that happened yesterday. I thought I would share this experience with everyone here on Wetpixel to hopefully reduce the chances of this hapening to someone else with an Ikelight housing. I believe some minor modifications to Ikelights port lock realese system would minimize the chance of this situation being repeated. I had my 40D in an Ikelight housing with an 8 inch dome attached. I had set the rig up as normal at home, and had immersed the set up in my fresh water wash tub to make sure all was well. There were no leaks. I arrived at the dive site, geared up, made sure the sync cord nuts were tight, did a final check and started to walk into the water. The water was just above my knees and I was just about to submerge the housing fully when I felt something on the housing move abnormally. I looked down and noticed that one of the housings port release buttons had disengaged and there was a gaping hole with water going into the housing. Obviously, I aborted the dive immediately. As I was a fair way from my car with no towel nearby, I re-engaged the port lock and headed back to my vehicle. Once back at my car I stripped the rig down and discovered about 1 1/2 to 2 table spoons of water inside the housing. I removed the battery and the CF card from the camera and dried every thing as best as I could. At this stage, I had no idea how the port release button disengaged. I loaded everything in and headed home. At home I wiped, dried and soaked up all the remaining water the best I could. It was now that I tried to figure out what had happened. I reinstalled the port and as before, I simultaneously slid the port lock release buttons into place. On hearing a definite click, I assumed the locks were in place. On closer inspection, I noticed that only one lock had engaged. I pulled gently on the port and the release button slid back quite easily revealing the same situation I had at the dive site. I had stupidly beleived both port locks had engaged when I heard the click of just one lock engaging. I believe if there had been 4 locks at 90 degrees to each other, or even 3 locks at 120 degrees to each other, the chances of the port disengaging from the housing would be greatley reduced. Even better, a baynet fitting, or a screw in system similar to the way the port is attatched to the dome would reduce the risk even more. Just to finish up, I let the camera sit overnight surrounded by silics gel satchels and when I fired it up this morning it worked just fine. I installed it in the housing this afternoon and the electronics for the strobe also appear to be fine. I now believe in miracles. Thanks for listening Regards Parso
  12. Hilarious photo. I would not know whether to laugh or cry.
  13. Hey Mike Crocodile attacks, like shark attacks usually, are few and far between. As a rule,they occur in what we call the "outback", which means North Queensland, The Northern Territory and maybe North Western Australia. The victims are usually tourists who are not familiar with the country side. If a crocodile attack happens, the press will milk it for all it is worth, just like a shark attack. As we have had 3 attacks in such a short amount of time, the response from all types of media has been unprecedented. There have been reports that shark numbers are on the increase. Wouldn't that be a nice change from the norm. The last I heard was that the State Government was reviewing its shark sighting systems (small plane flyovers).
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