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TimG last won the day on December 12 2015

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    Depending on the day of the week, either Sint Maarten or Bamako (Mali)
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    Sunlight reefs, warm seas, good food and fine wine. And Manchester City Football Club.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D500, Nikkors 105 and 8-15, Tokina 10-17mm
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    Subal ND500
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Retra Prime
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  1. Like most housings, my Subal has two fibre optic bulkheads. Although I use two strobes, quite often (for no particular reason) I plug both fibre optic cables into one bulkhead through a plug that has two holes for the cables. The other bulkhead is bare - ie there is no plug in it. I've never seen that makes any difference.
  2. Wow, there must be some sort of warm water outlet around? Nuclear power plant???
  3. Brrrr, makes me shiver even reading about it..... Are there button extenders that you can get for the YS-D1? There are, for example, for the Inon Z-series strobes. This might help and is another way of maybe solving bits of the problem. Tough call though between dexterity and hypothermia! I always used a dry suit and dry gloves in the UK but dexterity on small buttons would be an issue for sure.
  4. Hey Tom I've used the Nikkor 8-15 on my Z6 shooting interiors of Gothic churches - well makes a change, right? Not used the combination underwater though. It works really well - through the FTZ of course. Fast focus no problem.
  5. Thanks Adam Wow, quite a line-up and quite a rapid development in the Z lens series.
  6. Hi gearbow This issue has come up a few times in the last 12-18 months. It’s certainly worth doing a search on Wetpixel. There’s been a good deal written about this exact problem. Various solutions have been offered from Coke to Brasso (a British metal polish) with varying success. I had the problem myself on a macro port some years ago. Eventually I got the glass changed.
  7. Excellent that a follow-up on the Nikkor 8-15 is planned, Adam. Thanks. Yep, no-brainer on using on full and crop sensors; and that the Tokina is half the price. All very good points!
  8. Yep, really worth listening to, guys. Many thanks. But as Draq says, Nikkor 8-15mm? A discussion for another day? Great series, Adam.
  9. This is the big advantage to me of the Retras and what sold me on them: accurate positioning. Or at least I hope it is once I get them in the water. Above water tests were certainly spot on and I couldn’t see any obvious light falloff or underexpose issues. I loved the Z240s and think they’re brilliant - but snoot positioning drove me crazy.
  10. Thanks for this. Really interesting. I’ve just switched from z240 strobes with the LSD for Retra Primes but not yet Been able to get in the water with them.
  11. I think Bill's right. It's historical. Nikon especially and Canon were the major players until relatively recently. Perhaps it'll need for Sony to be seen in the same light as Canon and Nikon for some years before developments may streer more in that direction.
  12. I know that hit the wrong button issue! As you use the system more, that’ll become less of an issue and the Gary Player quote kicks in: “the more I practice, the luckier I get”. Resources: couple of recommendations: Martin Edges’s book on u/w photography. It’s very good and has just been updated. And then Alex Mustard’s u/w photography masterclass which is relatively recent. Its also worth poking around the pages of guides on the Reef Photo website. They’ve got useful stuff. Really glad you are happy with the results. They are a definite improvement.
  13. I can see a REAL difference! Well done. You have isolated the subjects against the background and have found that neutral space (in this case, the blue). But more importantly that what I think, can you see the difference and do you like that better? That's what counts. Minor suggestions now: the shot of the reef shark: timing. You have him framed really nicely against the reef. You have framed it so he's NOT right in the middle which enhances the illusion of him swimming into the image. Nice! Now check out the divers. Do they add to the image? They really help tell the story: divers on the reef watching a shark. But one has his head cut off (ominous idea of things to come - hehehe); and the other is hanging out of the picture. As I said, photographing divers in an image is fraught with peril. There was probaly nothing you could have done as balancing the shark and the divers is really hard in one frame. There's a big element of luck involved. Quite possibly you could not have taken several frames or got the diver further into the image. Given that, my temptation would be to..... edit the divers out. I think then you have a really nice shot of the shark. Turtle: nicely isolated against the blue makes him stand out. He appears to be swimming out of the image slightly. Compare this with the shark - where he seems to be swimming into the image. I think that looks better. The reef shot: yeah, nice. I'd be tempted I think to have tried to get a bit closer to the central coral head and make that a feature and shoot slightly more upwards to draw the nice blue colour gradiation that you have got. Maybe worth trying a slight crop of the lower area? Really nice work though and, for me, a huge difference with the fist pics you posted. Well done! I hope you like them
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