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TimG last won the day on December 12 2015

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About TimG

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

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    Nikon D500, Nikkors 105 and 8-15, Tokina 10-17mm
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    Subal ND500
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    Inon Z240
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  1. There are a number of ways of dealing with the rinse tank issue. - Have your own in the shape of a big cool bag and fill it with water. - On a number of trips I've bought a plastic laundry basket and lined it with a black bin bag. Works a charm. - Ask the operator in advance if they can provide you with something you can rinse your camera in. - Ask for an extra dive gear box just for your camera
  2. I do wonder how many frontline security checking people are aware of the IATA guidelines..... and how much, at times, it comes down to negotiating politely.
  3. Interesting that uwphotography is so adamant about image stabilisation. I've been using Nikon camera bodies and various lenses (105VR and 16-35 both of which have stabilisation) over the last 15-16 years - all for stills - and honestly can't think that I have ever had the stabilisation turned on for underwater use - for either macro or wide-angle. I can't say I ever had a problem where camera shake was an issue. Stabilisation would be way down my list of priorities in underwater equipment.
  4. Hmmm, interesting. I've been going to Bonaire annually for the last 4-5 years after a gap of almost 10 years. That's one place where I actually think it's getting a bit better: some macro critters starting to reappear which I haven't seen for quite some time.
  5. Worth a try, normd. I'm sure someone will be interested - at the right price......
  6. Hey Claire What a bummer. Some years ago when I was running a resort in the Lembeh Straits, I needed to replace the front glass of a macro port. Luckily for me, one of the wizard techs from Reef Photo was staying at the resort and with a couple of very simple tools, he removed and replaced the glass inside 10 minutes. (I had bought a spare). It wasn't a complex task - installing an o-ring and then prising the lens into place. We had not means for pressure testing it but certainly did the first dive with no camera in the housing. Maybe an outside thought, but it could be worth flipping an email to Reef Photo - who are really helpful - and asking if they can give you a bit of guidance? Good luck with it. I really hope you can get it sorted.
  7. I used to shoot quite a lot of pics some years back of kids on a PADI Bubblemaker course. I used a D300 and the Tokina 10-17. Although I'd agree with Undertow on using a non-fisheye, I did find that using the Tokina did produce a good number of very useable and fun images underwater. Sure, some had weird perspectives but, perhaps inevitably, when photographing people, lots of the images were rubbish - and some were terrific. I also did a couple of model-type photoshoots in a pool and, again, used the 10-17 with good results. Yep, the 10-17 above the water, not so good. I think you are right though, relax and enjoy the party - stick your camera on multi-shot release and shoot away. The kids - and their parents - love the underwater shots. One final, rather depressing, thought though: I was photographing (and ran) the Bubblemaker course back in the 00s. Given all the issues now raised about working with kids, I'd be much more wary and make absolutely sure that parents were ok with it. Even taking pics of my grandkids (yeah, I'm that old) now in the park, I feel, sadly, a bit uncomfortable when there are other kids and parents around. All a bit sad really.
  8. Is this just Baha or does it apply across Mexico? Cozumel for example?
  9. Hi Manta88 if you go into your Account>Profile you can see all the posts you have made and perhaps can pick up the thread you want from there. The Account tab will also let you Manage Followed Content does that help?
  10. There are no dumb questions. It's the answers that are sometimes dumb.......
  11. Not macro! Maybe the occasional nudibranch. Not many sales of wreck photos. Nor "arty" pics. My best sales volume has come from a dolphin pod in clear water in the Red Sea (KLM amongst others are using it); and then well-posed single diver on a colourful reef. I did really well after one trip to the Red Sea - over 1000 sales from 129 images. Deep blue background, well-light colourful reef, single diver approaching with a torch. Occasionally wide-angle shots without a diver.
  12. Yeah, isn't it frustrating when you find out afterwards something was there and you've never seen them? Argh.... The image I posted was using a 105mm on a D500 - so approx 160mm I guess. It might help with a diopter although the problem I often find when photographing micro-critters is finding them in the viewfinder when using large magnification. I was shooting pygmy pipe dragons (see image) in Lembeh some years back and thought I was going to lose the plot trying to find them with a 105mm - which is the only way I found to photograph them. They have to be 1/4" long and look like a knot on the end of a piece of cotton.
  13. Yep, they can definitely brighten what might look like an unpromising macro site!
  14. Definitely worth checking out skeleton shrimp. REALLY hard to photograph but they make the most curious of images. They are usually on hydroids - see attached. They are one of those critters that are very hard to spot - but once you know how to "see" them, hydroids become areas of great interest!
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