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David

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  1. It is a great site for diving and photos. The Indian Ocean, Andaman Sea and Malacca Straits meet in one place, Pulau Weh. So it has a very nutrient rich seas, lots of stuff. Thanks for the complement. I was wondering if I should load full resolution, 15mb for 1 file, 1/2.... etc. So finally decided on low rez to make viewing easier. Most of the photos are taken with the Nikonos setup. Either twin Ikelite 400's or twin 50's. Some of the photos were taken with the Canon S45, which I have since sold.
  2. Loaded up the Pulau Weh photos from a Feb 2003 dive trip just before martial law. Pulau Weh Pulau Weh is located north of Sumatra Indonesia. West of Phuket Thailand. Hate it, love it, feel free to say it! By the way, Pulau Weh is still under martial law. It may end after the Indonesian elections, not sure.
  3. I like the contrast in texture and color, good idea. But it appears overexposed, so the softcoral detail cannot be seen. You either show the whole star fish, or just an extreme macro of one or two arms near the center of the starfish with soft coral sticking out here and there. It becomes more abstract. With such extreme macro, you get more detail of color and texture.
  4. I think this particular kind of goby is almost transparent. Imagine if your shot could show the insides of the goby! The strobe was on the right side upper angle, as such you could not get the transparent body. If you position the strobe directly over head, angling down, then more light would penetrate the body more directly and bounce off the coral. Showing the insides of the fish. Then again your shots have a slight over exposure problem (on the right side), so if you did the above everything may appear too white. Hence when changing the angle of the strobe, you will have to turn down the strobe power dial or reduce your EV setting. Composition wise I prefer a more angled side shot with the fish coming at you. You still can get both eyes in. Then again the coral may have been in your way. In general, to me, top down shots like that appear flat, but I will admit I myself have similar top down shots.
  5. I suspect the photo was taken at night, hence the slightly opaque eyes that is normally clear. Then again maybe this eel simply has eye fungus problems. You can correct it to some degree by using photoshop on the eyes only. Mask the round eyes, and inverse the mask. Make the black more black, and reduce the haze by maybe playing with contrast. Composition wise, I really like it. Maybe can be improved if you waited a little while more until the eel opens its mouth and shows some teeth (they do that to breath and taste the water). That will give the photo more of a WOW danger factor. Then again with only one strobe, you may get distracting shadows in the mouth, but read on. Exposure wise marginally over exposed on the top. The strong shadow on the left side bugs me, I would prefer a soft shadow where I see some details of the eel. I know you only have one strobe, but you could use a white writing slate to bounce a soft light into that area. The strobe aim may also be slightly too far back, not sure.
  6. Prefer the first one. Colors seem more realistic, then again only you will know the true color of that lionfish. Some cameras with the tiny lens have some barrel distortion at the 4 corners. In this case it probably does not apply, since the subject fins are not near the corners, and both fins appear slightly blur. Maybe photoshop image sharpener may help.
  7. Besides reading the specifications at the mentioned sites, take a trip to a friendly photo shop and do your own comparison. Take the same shots of a subject you find interesting using the two cameras: Macro Distant In the Shop In the Dark Compare the photos and see which you prefer. This may not be easy because the LCD is so small, so if you have a notebook for downloading photos it can really help. Are the controls easy to understand and use? How many of the controls are still available for usage once it is housed? Once housed, are the important controls to you still available? Is the manual clear and easy to read? Do they have up to date respective websites for firmware updates? What is the cost of storage media? Since I screwed up in the previous post, here are the websites again. Digital Photography Review Photo Comparison Site Cirebon is a small place, but still quite interesting with lots of happy faces to chat with. Since I do speak a bit of Bahasa, I found the place very very different from Jakarta. Time somehow does not seem so important there since there always is tomorrow.
  8. Besides reading the specifications at the mentioned sites, take a trip to a friendly photo shop and do your own comparison. Take the same shots of a subject you find interesting using the two cameras: Macro Distant In the Shop In the Dark Compare the photos and see which you prefer. This may not be easy because the LCD is so small, so if you have a notebook for downloading photos it can really help. Are the controls easy to understand and use? How many of the controls are still available for usage once it is housed? Once housed, are the important controls to you still available? Is the manual clear and easy to read? Do they have up to date respective websites for firmware updates? What is the cost of storage media? Since I screwed up in the previous post, here are the websites again. Digital Photography Review Digital Photography Review Cirebon is a small place, but still quite interesting with lots of happy faces to chat with. Since I do speak a bit of Bahasa, I found the place very very different from Jakarta. Time somehow does not seem so important there since there always is tomorrow.
  9. When I try to edit my own post, I get a blank screen. I have logged in already.
  10. At least yo have narrowed down your choice to 2 cameras. Here are some websites for camera reviews. http://www.dpreview.com/ The editor does give his proffessional preference and rating. Here is another website that has a different approach. Based on the selected photo you can compare the results from different cameras. http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM Ideally pick the photo you like and see which photo you think looks better. This way you are using your own eyes and preferences to decide which camera appears "BEST FOR YOU". We all have our own style and preferences. Some like blue, some like red, some like scenery... due to this you really should pick the camera and lens that best suits your needs and preferences. For example if you are a macro guy, choose a camera with high f-stop for good depth of field and also good macro capability. If you are into wrecks, then choose a camera with the widest possible angle, or pick one that can have good quality wide angle attachments. So since I think you like wrecks, I would pick the Olympus over the Kodak. Lots of good quality add on lenses. But I am not sure if they will fit on or in the Ikelite housing. Some attachments go onto the lens and stay in the housing, and some stay outside the housing. So pick the housing carefully. By the way, I was stuck in Cirebon about 2 weeks ago.
  11. I have been thinking about it, but was afraid the metal rods in the hinges will rust. Did metal rods in your casing rust?
  12. Not out yet, just telling you guys of a new housing. Click on weblink for more information, http://www.subal.com/fotoe/digital/cp5.htm
  13. Accidentally went down to 107 feet, and the controls still work with no leak. So who is going to push the envelope next and tell us what happened???
  14. The Canon WP-DC300 comes with an anti-fog solution. I tried it and it works in Tropical waters. This means the temperature difference betweem Camera and Water is not as great as what you would experience in Monterey. So try the anti-fog solution, it worked for me.
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