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  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
  15. Slash, Bummer. I'm proven wrong again. Come on people get with the program! Olly
  16. So i am planning on doing a shoot of my pregnant wife either in the pool or in the calm shallows. We have looked through a number of UW model ideas and a few maternity shot ideas and hope to join a few of them up to create our own pregnancy shots with our personal twist. However, i have never shoot models before, (except her) either topside or UW, (beside positioning a diver in a WA shot) and would love a few pointers. Our concerns are of course being pregnant, diving is out of the question so it will have to be shallow/surface/pool shots. We have found a few quiet, (read Dead) resorts around here with pools, who i'm sure could be persuaded for private hire, so no worries of gawping eyes but even so, plan to keep the clothes on. I have my standard UW setup, which lens should i be aiming towards? the fisheye is obviously out (dont want to distort her more than the bump is already doing so!), 18-55 a good bet? Anything else i should look at getting? Waterproof Make-up? Any links to ideas would also be great. Olly
  17. i have the nauticam and 7D so all the controls are at fingertips, no need to even remove your hand from the handle, or even if necessary your eye from the viewfinder. For WA its less necessary for the long depth of field. The smaller the subject the more important it becomes. Olly
  18. Its a colony of Goniopora or Alveopora sp. Hard to tell from inspection. Its a hard coral that has long soft polyps on tentacles. these polyps, when disturbed can retract leaving the hard CaCO3 skeleton visable i.e top left of your colony. The zoomed section, they have half retracted leaving them looking like zooanthids. Olly
  19. I much prefer them before you went crazy with the sliders. Great idea.
  20. I select the single point that is best intended for the composition. With AI Servo mode to allow to obtain the 'peak of action' even if it is a little out of focus. Olly
  21. Havent dived Tubataha (yet) but i would comment Weather wise. This year we (the Phil islands) are seeing effects of La nina. Last year we had basically NO habagat season (the SW monsoon season) a scorching hot year, Normally we get a fair bit of rain jan-feb, mar-may are nice and tropically hot jun-sep are warm with SW winds occasionally strong and rainy, Sep-nov are nice autumnal warm before the wet returns in dec. Last year we had no rain from beginning of feb onwards and this affected diving. Waters were warm and clear all summer and we saw some bleaching. The winter returned and until this week has been wet and NE winds have been consistantly moderate (F2-3). This week is the first we have really seen the sun in the visayas (Cebu region) and i would PREDICT a wet and windy habagat summer probably running later into september than normal. NOTE this is a prediction, and of course weather can change drastically week to week but IMHO i wouldnt risk a trip (possibly of a lifetime) based on weather predictions and trying to get the transition period. The Atlantis Azores stayed much longer than predicted in my place, S. Leyte, before heading out to Dumaguete and on to Palawan to start the Tub. season because of the strong NE winds and continued rain. Hope this helps. Olly
  22. At Sipidan you will get PLENTY of opportunities for turtle shots. I took so many that the last 2 days i banned myself from taking them, in the hunt for something else. You should see 30+ per dive, so pick your subjects wisely, no point trying to approach a skittish individual who may have been harrassed by the previous group when a nice chilled out 'dude' is just a few metres further along. Always as calm as possible and even try and separate yourself from groups. Never surround the animal and dont chase them, they are way faster than you through the water. The 10-17 should be real nice, but consider a 1.4xTC which may help you fill the frame a bit more. the 10-24 should be useful. As above i have used my 10-17 and 18-55 both to good affect. As you said the main positives are to think what type of shot u wish to achieve and try to capture that. I have heard of a good technique: Scan the net for pics and types of pics you like of turtles : silhouettes against the sun, portraits, full body from above or below, macro of green turtle shells are nice, etc and download those pics. Beware of copyright, but then you can even try to put those pics onto your cameras card and 'erase protect' them, so they are there for the whole week. Then mid-dive you can skip back to the beginning of the card and look at the fav pics and try to emmulate them. Between dives, scan through your pics and see what works and what doesnt. You will have plenty of opportunity to try again. Hope that helps. Olly
  23. I'd back all of that up. Borneo is amazing. I stayed in Semporna Dragon Lodge which is out over the water and dived with scuba junkie. Definately do the Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary and the Kinabatangan river is amazing. A chance to see wild Orangutan, amazing bird life, monkeys etc. The kids will love it as much as us big kids. KL may not warrant a full week, and Borneo may need more. In KL you could try the Elephant rehabilitation sanctuary which any guide will know about, but also on the same day, check out the deer sanctuary. Its a small place but with some amazing creatures. The deer you can feed by hand, they have a rescued Sun bear who loves honey and you can even put a 6ft python round your neck. This is not on most guide trips or books but is about 15mins from the Elephant park and worth the trip. About an hour and a half from the city. Having said this, i did it in 2006, hope its all still there! Olly
  24. The Philippines has so many hot spots, and being over 7000 islands there are so many to choose from. The major players being, Anilao (Batangas), Puerto Galera, Apo Reef (will cost u). Coming further south: Malapascua (Cebu), Moalboal (Cebu), Panglao island (Bohol), Dumaguete or Dauin (Negros Oriental) Apo Island (not reef, just off Dumaguete), Padre Burgos (S.Leyte) and Coron and N. Palawan. Just Google them. Dont buy a lonely planet and expect answers! Or maybe other Wetpixelers can give feedback or pics from their trips. Hope that helps. Olly
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