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TimG

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  1. Nice, Marcus! The turtle mirror image is lovely.
  2. Dive site: Mini Log, Anilao, Philippines Diver operator and resort: Buceo Anilao (nice place to stay and a good dive operation) With special thanks to troporobo for all his terrific help when my partner and I were looking for advice on Philippines diving Nikon D500, Nikkor 105mm lens ISO200 1/160 f13. A pair of Inon Z240 strobes Some years ago whilst working as the dive manger of a resort in the Lembeh Straits, I hit a real plateau in u/w photography. One of the guests who was staying at the time talked to me about "neutral space". This, for me, came to be a patch of background which would allow the shape or colour of the main subject to stand out and form either perhaps a pattern or highlight a colour. The background was, in fact, a neutral, effectless platform. (I hope that doesn't sound too pretentious!). So I saw this goby sitting up on a bit of coral with the colour of the eyes in contrast to all around it. I wanted the eye on the rule-of-thirds intersect line - and set the aperture so that I would have enough of the head in focus - especially of course the eyes, but blurred out the rest so that it became a neutral canvas. Only the eyes were to be sharp, colourful and striking.
  3. An interesting point there from Wolfgang. As I explained above, I'm not a Liveview user (having a D500 DSLR) so the position of the 45-degree finder is not an issue in relation to the rear screen. I can see though with a Subal housing that you could use Liveview without the finder obstructing the screen if you hold the housing up slightly above the usual eye-level position. But Wolfgang makes point well worth bearing in mind if you're thinking of the 45 degree finder route. Check the screen view on your housing - and is that important to you if slightly blocked.
  4. As lots of terrific images are showing, the Red Sea is great for wide-angle dives. One of the most important elements I have found (certainly if you want to sell images) is putting a diver into the scene. This give it context and a human element. The hard part is finding the diver who has the patience and dive skills to model. It's much harder than it looks! Take a look at lots of images of divers and you have bits of gear hanging all over the place, fins and legs in weird positions...... So a big thanks to my partner who - usually - has the patience and the ability to exhale at the right moment (nice bubble stream), look at the right spot (eyes visible in the shot), hold the dive light properly (so it packs up nicely in the image) and get her legs and fins in an attractive position. Compared to all that, pressing the shutter is easy. So: dive site was St John's Habili Jafar in the southern Red Sea Dive operator: Emperor Divers on their boat the MV Emperor Elite Nikon D800 with a Sigma 15mm FE lens. ISO200 1/50 f11. Two Inon Z240 strobes both canted over to light the soft corals
  5. I'm one of the 45 degree supporters. I should say too that I NEVER use Liveview. For macro use they are superb. They allow you often to shoot slightly upwards without hitting the reef or attempting to achieve some form of pretzel yoga position. Macro image framing becomes way easier and, I'd suggest, more composition-friendly. The frustration kicks in initially for wide-angle shooting. Shooting a horizontal, wide-angle subject with a 45 degree viewfinder just takes a bit of adjustment. Initially at least, getting and keeping a subject in the viewfinder - especially if its moving! - is a little tricky and frustrating for a few dives. The tendency is to look too high in the water. It must be something to do with hand/eye coordination and brain interpretation of the setup expecting a straight-through view rather than 45 degrees. But I would not want to over-egg this. As I say, a bit frustrating initially but once you know this frustration can/will happen, it only takes a few dives to get over it. I've written before that the 45 degree viewfinder and a vacuum valve are the two best purchases I've made for my system over the last 10-15 years.
  6. LOL - interesting thought, Stuart! If you look at it a different way: a 45 degree viewfinder is 45 degrees of the horizontal image plane. Or maybe 135 degrees. As you say the 180 degree one sticks straight out so is 0 degrees off the film plane - or 180 degrees And I blame that explanation on almost three weeks of self-isolation.
  7. And another Red Sea image Ruqia Island dive site. Diving from the Emperor Diver's Boat, Emperor Elite Nikon D800 with Sigma 15mm lens, ISO 200, 1/100, f10 Doesn't the colour of the ocean and soft corals just make you want to get back in the water?
  8. Could be a FixEye focus light light hand grip?
  9. I'm with you on that (although, sorry Larry, we are getting slightly off-topic).
  10. A Pedersen cleaner shrimp dances on the Something Special dive site, Bonaire. A site where I could happily spend all day with a snoot and a 105mm lens - and my partner claims I do. Tanks from Dive Friends who are handily placed all over the island including a number of the favourite dive sites Nikon D500, Nikkor 105mm lens, Inon Z240 strobe with Retra LSD snoot ISO100 1/125, f16
  11. The colour and shapes of a crinoid feather star Rimax Point dive site, Lembeh Straits Staying (and working) at Kungkungan Bay Resort Nikon D300 and 105mm lens. 1/100 at f22 ISO 200 with a couple of Inon Z240 strobes
  12. Location: St John's Caves, southern Red Sea, Egypt - superb area of the Red Sea. A playground for divers of tunnels and swim throughs Dive operator: Emperor Divers liveaboard (MV Emperor Elite - highly recommended) out of Marsa Alam Equipment: Nikon D800, Sigma 15mm FE lens and 2x Inon Z240 strobes
  13. Some lovely pics: especially the ribbon eel and rhinopias. The nautilus too. Nice work!
  14. Thanks for this readout, Pavel. Fascinating stuff.
  15. Love that last image phxazcraig! Almost cartoonish.
  16. Hey Oskar I've moved this to the Classifieds. Not a problem. Good luck with your hunt Tim
  17. That's quite a difficult question to answer given the huge variety. Everything from day boats heading to very busy dive sites in the northern Red Sea (RS) out of towns like Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Dahab; to liveaboards heading into the north or down south into areas approaching the Sudanese border. The latter visit dives sites significantly less busy. Each of the towns have many dive operators varying from the very good to the slightly dubious. Lots of Wetpixelers - especially the European ones - can give you lots of recommendations as the RS is generally about a 5-6 hour flight from Europe and provides some of the best warm (depending on the season) water diving in this part of the world. There is huge variety in terms of price too. From budget backpack to, say, 4-star. The actual variety of diving tends to concentrate on walls and pinnacles and could generally be classed as wide-angle photo diving. Encounters with paelagics are not unusual, lots of hard and colourful soft coral. There is lots of high-quality wreck diving in the northern area. Some of them are iconic: The Thistlegorm for example - a WW2 freighter that was bombed and sank with tons of military cargo which can still be seen. It's one of those dives which European divers will discuss endlessly over a beer..... Like many on WP, I've bene there many times and always have a greta time. The liveaboards I have always found excellent (check out Emperor Divers as an example). Good accommodation, usually very good food. 4 dives a day, usually very agreeable fellow guests - and, generally, at a very good price. What's there not to like? I hope that helps a little. If you would like more info, maybe narrow the question down a bit! But I am sure there are going to be lots of contributions to this post.
  18. Hi Scotty I'm assuming you're talking about how to make your setup approximately neutrally buoyant? If so, you can find a good few posts about using dipping your setup in water whilst dangling on a luggage weighing gizmo. This is an issue that has been discussed many times. You need somethign like this: https://www.amazon.com/Travelon-Grip-Compact-Scale-Silver/dp/B00C75KUK6?ref_=s9_apbd_otopr_hd_bw_b2hesZX&pf_rd_r=60D7BFX78PAQV9MVGB6F&pf_rd_p=1b0ec8fb-c3d3-56d4-8d54-8048cc72bd76&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-12&pf_rd_t=BROWSE&pf_rd_i=2477391011 Once you know-how much the setup weighs in water, you can add some form of bouyancy to bring it up to, I'd suggest, just slightly negatively buoyant. The foam that you can add to arms, such as Stix (which is what I use) is cheap, flexible, long-lasting and easy to add and subtract. Float arms might look nicer, are much more expensive, and not quite so flexible in terms of adding or subtracting buoyancy. But the key, as I say, is to weigh your setup in water so that you know the actual underwater negative buoyancy value. And, yes, if you change any part of the setup then the underwater weight changes and you might need to change the amount of buoyancy you use.
  19. Sure, Spitfire. Yeah, you would not be able to edit the list in your first post. Most folks just do an update and say this has been sold, or that priced has been reduced etc.
  20. Hi Spitfire You can edit the latest post you make my clicking the Edit word on the line below your post which says Quote Edit Options Otherwise just add another post with an update. Best wishes Tim
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