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  1. Thanks Todd and Darren.... I will give it a try. Todd, thanks for the link to your article. I have read a couple already. Thanks again. Andy
  2. Thanks Darren, That explains it very well. I appreciate it. When selecting a point to spot meter, does it lock the exposure and allow me to move my focus point to something else in the composition. Or do I need to "shoot" at that point and play with composition (ie. cropping) in Lightroom. Thanks again Andy
  3. I tried the spot metering on my dive yesterday It seems to overexpose the shot more than my previous shots that were taken with evaluative metering. Does this make sense? Is center weighted a compromise between spot and evaluative? Thanks for all your suggestions. Andy
  4. Thanks for all the feedback. I will definitely be trying it out on my next dive. Thanks Andy
  5. I am a T2i/Aquatica/Tokina11/16 doing mostly wreck wide angle photos in ambient light. I use LightRoom for my post production work (ie. exposure changes, B&W converstion, etc). I am fairly new at this (getting great advice on this site) and have a few questions for Canon owners. Question #1 - I currently do not use the long exposure noise reduction function that is in the custom settings menu. Should I be enabling this feature? My exposures are typically 1/15 or so. Question #2 - I currently use evaluative metering. Should I change this or does it matter? I use lightroom to do all my post production work. Some examples of my first few dives are in my signature link. Thanks Andy
  6. Here are some of my first attempts at photos of some of the wrecks in the St.Lawrence River (Ontario, Canada). wreck photos St. Lawrence River Thanks Andy Ontario, Canada Canon t2i Tokina 11/16 Aquatica with Aquaview
  7. Congrats adam!!! Andy Ontario, Canada
  8. Paul and Oskar, Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it very much. This site has been excellent because of the comments from members like yourselves to beginners like me. I think I have been very lucky with the shots that I have so far. I am also fortunate that all of these wrecks are literally on my doorstep, so I can jump in the water and try things out anytime. Practice will be key. I am going out today and will bump up the ISO to see what I can get. The tripod idea is something I am going to try. I looking for a low cost tripod that I can specifically use for the setup. Still cannot figure out the review function on the T2i. I always get an "exp sim" warning message when taking low light photos. So I have just disabled the screen review completely. I should mention that I also have the Aquatica viewfinder on my setup which I like very much. Oskar, in regards to the your question concerning aperature. probably the best way for me to answer is to send you a link to a number of my photos and you can see the metadata associated with it. Like I said I am a relative newbie in this . Thanks again guys. Andy
  9. Hello all, Newbie here. My current setup is a Canon T2i/Aquatica, 8 inch dome , and Tokina 11/16mm. No strobes. Shooting with ambient light. Using Lightroom for post shot work. I am diving in the Great Lakes and St.Lawrence and shooting mostly wrecks. I have been shooting in manual, using ISO400, usually a fairly slow shutter speed of 1/15th and usually around f2.8. I also change picture to B&W in lightroom which seems to look alot nicer than the natural greenish. So far so good, but I have had instances that the light has been very low making it difficult. Two questions: This may be a very basic newbie question...am I right in assuming that I can move up to an ISO800 and therefore be able to use a faster shutter (to reduce any blurring) and F-stop? By going to a higher ISO , I believe that the picture may get a bit grainer. Since I do my post production work in Lightroom....does it matter what kind of metering mode I use (ie. evaluative, center weighted, spot, etc)? Lastly, should I use the peripheral illumination correction feature that sense the lense and corrects for vignetting? Here are a few photos of my third time dive with the setup. thanks Andy Ontario Canada
  10. Thanks for the comments and suggestions Tim. I am lucky in that this wreck is right in front of my house so that I can practice . I would like to take a longer exposure shot but will need a tripod. Thanks again for the comments. Andy
  11. Awesome color...very inspiring....need to bring my dive gear the next time I am in California for business. Amazing shots.. Andy Ontario, Canada Canon T2i/Aquatica (newbie)
  12. Thanks for the comments. I will definitely spend some more time on LR experimenting with the exposure and ISO to see what happens and then maybe incorporate it on the dive. I also want to start bracketing the shot with different settings. Still trying to figure out how to do it on the camera. I will mostly be doing wreck shots since there is not much else. This particular wreck is in shallow water and a very easy dive. I am thinking of using a tripod to see if I can play with some longer exposures. I am a fan of Leigh Bishop wreck photography and I want to continue to shoot with ambient light as much as possible. Still have alot to learn but i am not in a hurry. So far it has been great fun. Here is another shot. The visibility wasnt that great and I played with the exposure in LR. Thanks everyone. Andy
  13. Hey Drew.. Thanks for the comments. Here are some of the other settings: Aperture:f 2.8 ISO : 400 exposure: 1/40 focal length: 16mm Metering: Center Weighted Average Manual I also used an 8 inch dome port with shade. I didnt do much with LR other than select one of the default BW settings. I really like BW pictures. I intend to study up on LR, but I do not want to depend on it too much. Andy
  14. Been diving for many years and finally have taken the plunge into uw photography. After some research purchase my gear this winter (Canon T2i/Aquatica) .My photo taking experience is next to nil. Most of my photography will be wide angle wreck (ambient light until I can afford strobes) in the Great Lakes and St.Lawrence. Comments appreciated. Andy Ontario, Canada Canon T2i Aquatica Tokina 11-16mm Location: St. Lawrence River Subject : Wreck of the Conestoga Depth : 25ft Water temp : freezing!! Equipment : Canon T2i/Aquatica Lens : Tokina 11/16mm Manual mode, Jpeg/Raw ISO : 400 Post processing: Lightroom
  15. Looking for a good used dome (8 or 9") for an Aquatica (T2i/550). Let me know if you have one for sale. Thanks Andy
  16. Looking for this wide angle, low light, fast lens for my T2i. Thanks Andy
  17. Thanks Karel, I appreciate the info and advice. I was on your website. Did you use a G9 with Ikelite housing for those pictures? Great pictures. Thanks Andy
  18. Hello all, Have narrowed down my search for my first setup. I currently own a G11 and have a limited budget so I want to utilize it in my first setup. Option #1 Ikelite housing with eTTL strobe (probably 2) and wide angle port (WD-4) This setup fits my budget but I want to make sure I have a good low light setup and wide angle capabilities. I understand that the wide angle capabilities with this setup are somewhat limited and poor. I like the fact that Ikelite has been around for sometime. Option #2 FIX 11 with wide angle port and Inon strobe This setup is kinda out of my price range. I understand that is have good wide angle capabilities but doesnt use a eTTL strobe. I like the fact that it is an aluminum housing and it a smaller package to the Ikelite. Any comments/suggestions/comparisons of the above packages would be greatly appreciate. Again, budget is my limiting factor but I want to make sure I have a package that can take good pictures (primarily wrecks) in the low light of the great lakes. Thanks Andy Ontario Canada
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