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  1. Going to be visiting wife's family for a few weeks in Feb. for our yearly trip.


    Will be spending a week based in Mooloolaba, then a few days in Byron (dive Julian Rocks), and then Sydney area (HMAS Adelaide).


    Plan on taking my new Canon 7D , Aquatica, with Tokina wide angle (ambient light) to practice.


    Will probably do a few photo dives on the HMAS Brisbane. Any recommendations on dive operators?

    Any other recommendations on other dives spots on the Sunshine coast.


    Any info or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.




  2. Hate to do it, but up for sale is my Aquatica T2i housing only and T2i camera body only . No Aquaview, dome, extension rings, or lenses.

    Just the housing and camera body.

    Housing is setup with dual optical and with Aquatica moisture alarm.


    Both are coming on 2 years old. Lightly used.

    Very well taken care of. No scratches and only used in fresh water. Never touched saltwater.

    Camera is mint and was never used outside of the housing.

    All original boxes.


    I had this setup with a Tokina 11-16 and 8 inch dome and Aquaview . It took great wide angle wreck photos. Also took some very nice video. the link below shows some of my shots in the St.Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.

    The T2i has a similar sized sensor as its bigger (and more expensive) brother the 7D.

    All of my shots were ambient light and it functioned flawlessly.


    I was a beginner UW photographer and this served me very very well. Looking to move up to another system (Santa was good to me).

    For a full DSLR setup it is also nice small package for traveling.


    Sorry for the iphone pics. I can take other pictures of the system if you like. Any questions please let me know.


    Looking for:

    T2i/550D housing - $1500

    Camera body - $350


    Plus shipping.

    Located in Ontario, Canada








  3. I currently have a T2i with Aquatica housing and Tokina 11/16.

    I love the setup and it has been great.

    I am in New York for a long weekend and I am thinking about purchasing/moving up to a 7d or possibly and nice used 5d .


    My primary photography is wreck photos in the Great Lakes. So far I have only shot with ambient light (which I like).

    I would like to contiinue to do the same in the future. Lowlight performance is very key for me.


    I could really use some suggestions or comments. This site has been great and has been what got me the bug.


    Do I move up to the 7d or 5d? I believe I can use my current lenses from the T2i with 7d which is a plus.


    Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated.





  4. Hello Tim,

    I did the B&W conversion by selecting it in Lightroom.

    I also did a little bit of tweeking with the contrast.


    I also agree the tinted version seems to bring out a bit more detail.


    I am very new to this and using Lightroom. I could probably make it look even better in BW with some more work.







    The tinted version looks sharper to me: how did you do the monochrome conversion? I would normally have thought that the monochrome would be best, but it doesn't look that way to me here...





  5. Great site Leigh!!!!.


    I am also a Smugmug user.

    I have a Smugmug pro account.


    It looks like you are using SmugMug for your website. Can you tell me how you did it (if its not complicated)?

    I would like to use the slideshow/portfolio features for SmugMug and create some website content similar to what you did.




  6. I have been busy taking wrecks photos here in the St.Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Learning more every time.

    I use LR for my processing and have been playing with the photos a bit changing the temperature/tint.


    I would be interested in getting your opinion on what photo you like.


    The picture was taken on the Wolfe Islander II sunk in Kingston as an aritifical reef.

    Take using ambient light only. Aquatica T2i/tokina 11/16mm

    Exp - 1/30


    ISO 800

    focal length 11mm



    Thanks in advance.







    Image #2



    Image #3


  7. Lee,

    Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I will definitely keep them in mind as I progress.

    This is all a learning experience for me (last couple of months).


    Thanks again.




    Hi Andy,


    Thanks for posting your shots (the link to them, anyway). I spent a lot of years diving the wrecks of Ontario before moving to the west coast over 20 years ago and still miss diving them!


    Anyway, I just have a couple of comments. First, I think the B&W works for the subject matter - nice thinking on that! However, most of the images seem to be missing something that can draw in the viewer and connect them to the wreck in some way. Barring something like an interesting piece of machinery, or an easily identifable piece of the wreck (to the lay person), the easiest way to connect the viewer to the image is to place a diver, or two, in the frame - especially with strong light beams. You did this with images 32 and 51 (if I remember correctly) in the Gaskin series and it really made me stop and take notice. Of course, a diver in every shot might not be your thing, but there are times when it really helps make the shot. I'd suggest, if you haven't already, that you might want to consider investing in a dive buddy you can use on the dives to model in your shots.


    Anyway, I hope that helps and keep shooting the wrecks! I'll be back for a wreck trip someday! Thanks again for posting.



  8. I am looking at trying to do a panorama of one of our local favorite wrecks.

    Depth 65feet.

    Length of wreck 132 feet.


    The plan is to shoot the entire starboard side of wreck with multiple overlapping shots.

    I plan on using a tripod, taking multiple overlapping shots, using the same focal length and other settings. I will use a my reel line to setup a "shooting line" the entire length keeping me equal distance. This will be an ambient light project. I plan on timing it in the day where the sun will be at my back for all of the shots. I will be converting all shots in B&W. I have had pretty good luck with my shots so far but I am looking forward to trying an overall panorama


    The overall goal is to produce a nice print that can me framed/mounted.


    I have both PhotoShop Elements and Lightroom 3. Both have panorama features.


    Any suggestions on software tools to use?


    I am a relative newbie at uwphoto having just started this year.


    Does the above make sense?

    Any other tips/suggestions. I welcome all suggestions. This is a great site.




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