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About AnnettePapa

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  1. Hi All, I'm so new to photography, both UW and topside. All advice helps... Im still waiting on my strobes, and I'm not able to expose much color in my shots. All our wrecks are 90-120' and I've been converting to black and white to get a bit more pop out of a greenish photo. I'm just looking for general advice from whoever wants to help out. AP_Caribsea-120701-1939.jpg by A_Papa, on Flickr This was shot with my d7000 (sea and sea housing) with /nikor 16mm fisheye @ f/5.6 1/160 ISO400. Thanks!! Annette
  2. Thanks for the tips, Guys! Steve, the fin tip cut off has been making me crazy. Next time I'm going to spend more time composing. I feel like i get down there, and then have to hurry about and i set my exposure and snap, but don't dedicate much time to the small things like, well, his fin tips. I'm going to keep practicing and I can't wait until my strobes arrive!
  3. Hey all! I just got a sea and sea house for my d7000. I've been using that with a 16mm fisheye and a really old leftover Ys-25 auto strobe (at least until my YS-D1's arrive) The viz was a murky 30, and I tried my best. This was really only the second day I have ever shot underwater. Id love a little feedback. AP_06282012Papoose-120628-1877.jpg by A_Papa, on Flickr AP_06282012Papoose-120628-1741.jpg by A_Papa, on Flickr Thanks! Annette
  4. How would i go about making my own cord and get the proper fitting to stick on the housing? I've heard that optic cords are just super delicate and if they're bend wrong or crimped they will just stop working? I'm also a tiny bit concerned with the recycle time of the on camera flash. Even if i fire it at the lowest power, I get, at most 3 quick shots with the flash, then it doesn't work for quite some time. Is this something I should even be concerned with?
  5. Is anyone out there using Sea and Sea's d7000 Housing, and did you opt for the sync cables or the fiber optic, and why? Im at a point where budget is a concern, but my systems going to get used, quite a bit. Im worried about how delicate fiber optic cords are, and that I would quickly spend more replacing them. Although almost everyone I know have eventually had issues with their Sync cords. Id love to hear your opinions. I'll be using it with two YD-D1 strobes. Thanks!!
  6. I'm just starting out, so that wide angle is just hard for me. If I'm shooting people, or things, I need to get right on top of it to get the shot. Which, of course, is why its useful at depth. I get that closer is better, but topside i feel like everything i want to photograph is really tiny in the viewfinder. Davichin, thanks a ton for clearing that up! I like 17-70. I'm also pretty sure i don't mind the Nikkor 18-70, as its inexpensive, and could be housed. You have all been really helpful. Thanks a TON
  7. I've already got a 60mm that I use a bit topside now. I like it but I don't love it. I think for underwater, it will be a great starting point. Thats what I will do. For topside, I'm liking the Sigma 17-70 idea. I don't know the difference from HSM to non HMS and OS.. i just don't follow. I've been looking at the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G Any ideas on this one? AND, If anyones selling their beloved Sigma 17-70, shoot me a message.
  8. Thanks everyone for your help!! Im still so new to all of this. All the diopter and teleconverter talk has me a bit lost, but ill get there soon I'm sure. Overall, I like the idea of getting a good topside lens. The 18-200 was a bit rich in the price. Do you all have any input on the Tamron 18-200 to offer? Cor, I like your advice. It makes sense. It's just hard to rationalize having a topside set and an underwater set. The Sigma 18-70 sure looks nice, but again, its a bit expensive. How do i know if it would work in a Sea & Sea housing? Is it brand/lens specific? Essentially this this is going to be my first season w/ a Dslr, so I'm focused on just getting out there shooting. I don't have a housing yet. I might get one soon, but even so, I'll be learning the absolute basics of underwater photography. This entire season is about learning for me, so having the sharpest, most optically perfect shots are not the absolute priority for me. (is that wrong??). I think i need to just get what i can afford to start with, and if it CAN go underwater, than cool. If not, then I'd still be out practicing topside. Again, I'm a total beginner.
  9. Hi Everyone! So, heres the deal. I just ordered my Nikon D7000, body only. I'm pretty new to photography in general. The plan is to take this baby diving in a Sea & Sea housing. Im looking for a good 'walk around' lens thats good to learn with, topside, but that I can still play with underwater. I've been looking at many many options and I'm making myself nuts looking at review after review from people who have no clue about underwater photography. I've got access to a bunch of great lenses to take underwater, but am finding it hare to use them topside: 10.5 mm fisheye, 16mm fisheye, 60mm macro, and 12-24 wide angle zoom. Im lucky that I'll get to use these, but i find 12-24 to be unwieldy on the surface. I know that the best way to learn is practice, but i find the above lenses to be a bit discouraging for a beginner. The lenses that I've been looking at are Nikon AF-S DX 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G VR and the Nikon AF-S DX 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED or the 18-105mm d7000 kit lens. I'm def limited by price, so I'm trying to keep it below $300.00 and I don't know how to find out what works best in Sea & Sea housings. SO.. Does anyone out there have experience with D7000 underwater, that can offer me some insights on a pretty versatile starter lens? Any/all advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  10. Hi Everyone!! I'm brand new to WetPixel.com, and pretty much brand new as a photographer. I'm a dive instructor who's looking for a little 'more' out of my personal dives, so photography seems like a pretty rewarding challenge. I just picked up a D7000, which I'm excited to splash with it soon!! I really hope to learn a lot from everyone here! Thanks!! Annette Papa
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