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  1. Thanks! From what I remember seeing with my eyes, and comparing it to my photos, I think the raggy scorpionfish in that stock photo looks to be the most likely culprit. Sadly I'd been shooting supermacro on that dive, and only saw this critter at the end of the dive just as the current started ripping over the top of the reef and I was totally unprepared. Didn't have time to mess around with lenses This is the only other shot I got of it, not really much better than the others to be honest. Not sure if it will help any further.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions Here is the same critter from another angle...I know they're not good photos, I had the wrong lens on to capture it at the time. Just curious as to what it is.
  3. Photo taken at the Twin Towers divesite in Milne Bay, PNG 3 weeks ago. I realise the image quality isn't ideal...But does anyone know what it is? I've been through all my ID books and it looks like some mangled cross between a rhinopia and a scorpionfish? I could be way off with this. Appreciate any help!
  4. I have an 11" Macbook Air that I own solely for travelling with on holidays. Weighs next to nothing, and lets me do whatever photo and video editing I want, as well as acting as an approriate backup system, and means of communication. Not within your budget though by the sounds of it, but it is my perfect holiday travel system.
  5. *sigh* Yes, it's glass. Will take it out for a test run and see what shows up on the images and whether or not it can be dealt with in Photoshop before forking out for a new one. Thanks anyway
  6. I have finally returned home - with internet! Thanks for the help. We thought that this may be the case as a variation on the theme, but it left us scratching our heads for a few days.
  7. Hi everyone, I've just been cleaning up my gear after the latest dive trip, and have noticed a small scratch on my +8 diopter. Presumably it knocked against something during a dive. I took it into my local camera store today to see if they had any ideas, but the woman just looked at me blankly, shrugged, and walked away when I showed it to her. They don't specialise in underwater gear by any means, but I figured scratches on any lens would kind of be dealt with in a similar way, and surely people have come to them with scratched regular camera lenses before...At any rate, does anyone know if there's a way to remove a minor scratch to a macro lens? Or am I SOL and have to buy a new one? Thanks in advance WetPup
  8. Hi all, Spotted this one today at Blue Magic in Raja Ampat. Myself and the dive manager have gone through all the fish ID books at Kri, and we can't find it. We believe it to be a fairly common species, as we've both seen them before, but we're lost as to the ID for it. Best estimate we have is : Anyperodon Leucogrammicus Our reason for not thinking it is that species is the very distinct yellow tail, and the lack of distinct white lines on its body. Also, the spots on it seem a lot darker than any of the images we can see in the books or our google searching. It may be possible that it's a juvenile in transition, or a gender difference, but if it is, it's not listed in the books. Any ideas? Cheers, Wetpup
  9. Unfortunately I had no control over the position of the cage (and subequently the position of the sun). But it's something to bear in mind should I do something similar in the future. Also, the flash was indeed turned off, so that wasn't the issue. Thanks for all the tips
  10. I recently went cage shark diving in South Africa and below are a couple of examples of shots I got. I was shooting a Canon G12, RAW format, 1/250 shutter speed (messed around with this a bit and found this to work best) and auto ISO. Due to the nature of the cage diving, I was explicitly told I was not allowed to take strobes in with me. So it was just the camera, the housing, and the wide angle port attached to the housing. I'm unhappy with the amount of backscatter present in the photos, so I'm just wondering if there's a way that might be avoided in the future should I do something similar? Are there more suitable camera settings I should consider? I would appreciate any constructive feedback!
  11. Sounds like a good starting point. Thanks for the advice
  12. Damn. Wish I'd seen this thread before I booked my trip. I've booked with a dive company called Into The Blue to go out next weekend while I'm in Cape Town for work. They're picking me up from there and taking me down to the boat for the cage diving. I only have one day off, so was really chasing a company who could run the transfers from Cape Town for me. Are they ok? They appear to be a PADI 5* Dive School, so took that as at least some evidence that they're safe. Also, do you have any advice on photography in the cage while shark diving? I've never done this kind of "near surface" dive before and have been told "no strobes or lights" in the cage. So I'm admittedly a little bit unsure on how to shoot. I've got a G12, so can manipulate the settings a little bit. I'm also debating on whether to pack my w/a lens for the housing or whether to just stick with the flat port. Any info would be very much appreciated!
  13. Hi all, I have a work trip to South Africa next week and have booked myself to go out on a great white shark diving trip next weekend on one of my days off. While I did ask about scuba diving, the answer was a resounding "no", that I had to stay in the cage, and that the only option aside from a snorkel or breath-hold was to use the hookah system from the boat. During the booking process, I asked about photography, and was told that while I could bring my camera, there was a very clear "no strobes or lights in the cage" policy. I assume this is partly due to space constraints, and partly because it might bother the sharks? So I have my little G12 with a Recsea housing and a wide angle and a macro lens. I am intending to bring the camera, housing and the w/a lens...But am not so sure on the settings I should be using without strobes or a light? Has anybody done this kind of "near surface" diving before without additional lighting and have any suggestions? And if anybody's done this kind of cage shark dive before, should I leave the w/a lens at home and just stick to the regular flat port? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks WetPup
  14. Well in the end I decided to stick with the G12 setup and have gone for the Recsea housing with the wide angle dome and +8 macro lens. Hopefully this will be the last upgrade for a while
  15. Hi all, I've recently started travelling with just my iPad rather than my laptop in order to keep weight down. It's been good for a backup device for my G12 using the camera connection kit, but I'm wondering if there's any decent apps out there for basic processing of raw files? I have the entire Adobe suite at work, so am always able to process things when I get home, but it'd be nice to be able to do some simple editing while I'm on a liveaboard or lounging around a resort as well. I've come across something called piRAWna, but it has very mixed reviews. Anybody here a user and have any suggestions? Many thanks
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