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    S. Leyte, Philippines

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 7d
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    Nauticam
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2x Inon z240
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    Tokina 10-17, Canon 100mm Macro +Dioptre, Canon 18-55.
  1. Hey all, I have a 7d mk1 (can't affor the upgrade!) and Nauticam housing. But that tiny little switch under the hot shoe is stuck down. Anyone Know an easy way to get it back up? I don't have time to send back to canon before heading out to the Philippines in a few weeks! But what this means is I can't raise the flash, to then be able to fire my external inons via fibre optic. HELP!! Any menus that will pop it up? And other way of firing flashes? Cheers guys Olly
  2. Interesting thread. I would be pretty sure, but guessing, infrared wont work underwater, because infrared is higher than the red end of the spectrum, which of course disappears first underwater, so guessing it wont travel underwater. You may have more luck with radio, because i imagine full face/communication devices are radio? if a standard video is 24fps or 25fps then 1000 frames is 40 seconds. I think timelapse videos are more effective when they are short, but depends what settings you can get on the d7000. Olly
  3. i thought they were fins, but now u say teeth... i think normal lowly grokels get grey fins, admins get red ones. Apart from posting more, is there anyway of changing your animal? Olly
  4. I have been in the Phils for a year now, diving every weekend and occasionally during the week if 'work' is slow. So the housing and port stay setup from the last dive, and i'll decide whether to switch the next day, weather and dive site dependent. I only take it apart to rinse it because its too big to fit in the bucket i have!! I live in a small village which doesnt have full running water, so water is a premium. No other reason. If i had a bigger dunk tank id leave it all together! Olly
  5. If it aint broke, dont fix it. I am of the mindset, the more you pull o-rings out, fiddle with them, and put them back, the more likely they are to pick up grit, a scratch, a nick or whatever. Just check for the dampness of the oring when opening and closing the back, and if you change ports. If you open/close the housing in a clean/dry place, why would it change between one days diving and the next? Maybe if you are doing fine silty diving it could work its way in, but standard reef diving... nah. I just take it and rinse it, remove the strobes from the arms, and arms from the housing and rinse all the moving parts on the outside of the housing, and thats enough for me. Olly
  6. ok, been reading alot recently. The trick bag is growing and ideas are coming thick and fast. Here's my questions... i hope to be doing a pool session with my pregnant wife sometime soon. My parents have a small pool at their place so we will start there and then maybe hire a pool later for the 'final' shoot before she pops. At present i have 2x inon 240s, and a small epoque strobe which i was thinking i would use to fire as the slave to a topside setup. I only have 2 standard length nauticam optical cables, but can look at getting a longer one if needed. My mum is a seamstress, so theres tons of black fabric lying around the house for the backdrop. We'll sew a pocket in for a chain weight. I was thinking, one strobe on camera, as a fill in. One mounted to a circular float, secured to a pole to stop it floating away, which would hang just below the surface of the water pointing down on the wife as a main light. Should i softbox/umbrella/diffuse this somehow? My brother is a music engineer so should have a spare TOSLINK cable, so may try this trick too. We also have pro hair and make up on hand too. Shooting with a 7d and tok10-17 and 8" dome. Anything else we need to think of. She is 7months gone, so time is of the essence... Olly p.s trying it in the sea the other day, pregnant women float. She normally dives with 1 kg, but she just couldnt duck dive. We loaded her with 5kg belt under her dress just to get her below the surface!
  7. a friend in the business (ski photog) tells me there may be a new version of the tok 10-17 on the way. Anyone else heard any rumours?
  8. nudis, everytime. Helps i live somewhere that gives me bundles of them. keeps me on my toes. I love trying to shoot more than an ID shot of them. Try to capture something different/arty. Plus they dont run away. Ghost Pipes. Although they dont swim off, they move enough to make it a challenge. Trying to bring the black ones out from the background is always fun. Frogfish. So moody. Always feel every photo i am invading their privacy... which i guess i am. Mantas, even after 1500+ dives.... still waiting. Olly
  9. I would definately vote for the 10-17 as well, but having said that i wouldnt write off the 17-40 or something in that range. I have used the kit lens Canon 18-55 loads and it works well. I dont have a 60mm so this becomes my larger fish lens. i.e a Giant Frogfish or Sweetlips portraits etc. For these the 10-17 is just too wide and u end up with a tiny fish in the middle of the shot, and the 100mm that i have i would have to back up way too far. I added a Anthis Wet 'woody' macro lens and you can get good macro results if something turns up on the dive. What kit lens is coming with the T3? most people choose the 18-135 or what ever but dont rule out the 18-55 option if the shop offers it. Olly
  10. Hey All, With a sorry heart, i have to advertise this area of land in the Town of Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Philippines. We originally bought the land to develop as a diving resort but personal family issues means we have to sell. (View from the Dive boat) The Land is 1.3 hectares, (3.2 acres) with 200m (well 196m really) of perfect white sand beachfront. It has a clean Title of ownership under our company name for easy transfer to the buyer. It is actually 3 lots, joined together, and we would like to sell as a complete package, but would consider splitting if necessary. The land is situated at the end of a Barangay (village - slightly bumpy) road, with direct access. The land stretches back about 70m from the beach in a perfect shape for a dive resort. The land rises away from the beach, being 4-5m higher at the back than the front, (Topographic survey completed if wanted). It is surveyed, marked, and a temporary bamboo fence marks the edge of the lot, but building permit has been issued for a 6ft high concrete fence if wanted. Presently it is agriculture land, with almost 400 young coconut trees planted. Faces west for afternoon sun and sunsets. Views over Bohol and Camigiun. Padre Burgos is a newly developing dive area, but with 26 great dive sites, and only 4 operators in the town its always quiet. Whale sharks are common from Nov-Apr. The reefs are some of the best in the Philippines (The house reef known as 'Ampo Reef' has more diversity in corals than Tubattaha, Malapascua etc) and some great muck diving too. For other testimonials, just search Padre Burgos, or Sogod Bay here to read divers reports. We hope that someone would buy this and enjoy the development that the area deserves. PRICE PHP1500 (Phil Peso) Per Square Metre = P20M (approx $483k) Offers Accepted. (This is Cheap, check other prices out in the Philippines!) The beach - Nice, im sure you'll agree. You can own this... PM me or email me on wood.olly@mac.com for further details. Thanks Olly Wood
  11. "They were both happy as Larry!" Yeah but did Larry have a IS version or the Non-IS version? I have the Non-IS and guessed that IS made no difference underwater. Happy with my version and happy with my few extra quid/pesos to spend on post dive beer! Olly
  12. Perry, Peters and Sogod Bay Scuba are about a minutes walk apart, so both have great house reefs, although SBSR is a bit closer to the MPA at Longsoda'an. There are 3 dive sites accessible from the shore in front of the resorts, all very good. Peters is cheaper and more basic at the low end aiming for the travellers market upto reasonable AC rooms. SBSR are all AC and a bit more expensive at approx. 1500php a night, and dives at around 1300. There is also a new Japanese owned operation in that village, called Nova Jimbei, which caters more for the eastern menu. They are new and finding their feet so i cant comment on operations but the boat is smaller, more basic, but he may plan to upgrade soon. Yeah the jetty is still only monday, wed, fri as it is the town pier and constantly used for fishing boats to bring ashore their cargo. Its only 4-5m deep so diving when they are moving around is a bit too much! I hope to still be here in Dec (im presently diving with SBSR because i like their guides, especially Pedro, who has amazing eyes and is an allround nice bloke) so if u want another photographer buddy PM me. Olly
  13. Perry, troporobo, Scuba is NOT allowed in S.Leyte with the whale sharks. The rules stipulate that on a specific whale shark trip to anywhere, specifically either Sonok or Limasawa, upon spotting a whale shark, divers are NOT allowed to kit up and enter the water. IF however, during a dive at any spot, a whale shark comes by, that is ok. Some operations, esp the transient liveaboards regularly break these rules do not properly brief their guests, touch the sharks, and ruin everyones day. Flash photography is still a no-go. They will dart off into the blue thus ending the interaction. I live here, currently setting up a dive resort, so i will tread lightly around comercialism so you will have to listen to others recommendations about diving here. Olly
  14. i also found this for nudi lovers. But i have neither an ipad or iphone so can not test it or see how useful it really is... maybe just some fun to while away long train journeys. http://www.fishtalespress.com/page7/page7.html Olly
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