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Uli Kunkel

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  1. Hey! Thats a good one! As you mentioned that you were taking point and shoot photos for quite a while, you put yourself in the shoes of many diehard photo fanatics that started much like you.... taking snaps from time to time until one day they started to get an attachment to one or two of their better photos and really think about what it was they were doing and how to improve! The G series are great cameras to get into, and I think that the g16 would be a great tool for you to use. But before you splash down for a strobe I would recommend that you get practice with using your camera's manual settings and the internal flash. This would help you get a better feel to control your camera and strobe when you eventually do get one (and if you are still hooked, a strobe is essential!) I like the shot. But if youre looking for more ideas and suggestions, I would have used the internal flash with a higher shutter speed to keep light on the subject while reducing the ambient light in the background. Sometimes the background can be a nice addition to the shot, but more often than not (I find) it is distracting. Keep it up!
  2. Thanks for your response... What is the definition of a "professional shooter?" I also presume that you are insinuating that I am not a "professional shooter," or do not have the "professional" respect for marine life? Please forgive me if I am wrong here, as its quite early and I haven't had my coffee. If that is the case, I would counter that I have seen some atrocious behavior and lack of respect by some "professionals" .... Is this regulated by the permit process? I am just trying to do everything above board here.
  3. I had another question or two- I am a bit concerned actually... Ive been getting a lot of different responses from places, some say that it (snorkelling/photography) is outlawed completely, others say that there are no longer permits available, and then emailed me later saying that the law changed again. Another said they can get the permits...! Very confusing. The problem is, is there any way to tell if the permit is a fake? I am kind of worried about that. I want to go through the right channels here.
  4. Thanks! Drew, do you know which operators offer permits/in water trips? I have been struggling with finding information! Morten- how fast can you pack your bags?
  5. I was interested in going to Sri Lanka to try my luck at getting some shots of the whales there! Does anyone have any experience with this? I am under the impression that photography is allowed, however you must have a permit? Thanks for the help!
  6. Hey winners are up! Such an amazing idea to actually award the dive guides with a chunk of prize money. There are so many phenomenal guides out there that never get the recognition. Way to go!
  7. Apparently the results were announced during the Hari Nusantara day festival and the winners exhibited there- but there hasnt been any news from the website or through email as I understand it. There might be some photos online through other sources- but Im guessing you'll need a little detective work to find them....
  8. Thanks Mike and lisperit... I havent found any solution yet. With the camera in forced flash, the problem remains. When magnifying the image to get good focus the LCD goes black because of a lack of ambient light. This is a big problem when shooting in manual modes (with the strobes), as you need to lower the flash power to preserve battery life and if shot in TTL, the image will be underexposed.
  9. Ive had some recent experience with the RX100M2, and I'd like to share my experiences! Great camera, this one. So tiny and great image quality. It is quick to focus and the images look pretty sharp! Unfortunately, the biggest problem for me (and this one could completely kill it for use underwater in my book) is the exposure simulation or live view that is built in to the camera. This shows the user a simulation of the actual image that would be produced from the aperature, shutter, and ISO settings. Underwater, the problem is that when you dont have any ambient light you dont see ANYTHING but a black screen on the LCD after you focus. This even happens if you use the fill flash mode. The camera will cut to a black LCD with a half press of the shutter. BIG PROBLEM! I have been searching for a way to turn it off, but it doesnt appear there is a way??? You are stuck with it! The Mk2 has a neat little feature that would be great when taking macro shots- you can actually magnify the image to make sure the important bits are in focus. But when you activate this feature, it just zooms in on a black screen. Hardly what I would call useful in practice. Even with a focus light- in the day time it is almost impossible to see what you are focusing on unless you are in a situation with LOTS of ambient light, and arent using a strobe to light the scene. I havent had much problem with this on land, which is why it is so frustrating. If I had known about it before hand I would never have bought the thing.
  10. Enough taunting already.... When will it be released?
  11. Is anyone still making these? I would love to get my hands on one!
  12. Yep, thats more like what I am after. I have seen quite a few good shots taken with the S100 and this lens. Even in comparison with the shots you posted in this thread, the image quality is better on the s100 shot. Was there any post processing or cropping done?
  13. Thanks for putting up those examples! Im not too crazy about the image quality though. There looks like quite a bit of blurring on the edges. I wonder if the result would be the same with the Ike? All of the other housings? I was in a UWcamera shop in Shanghai (the name Fun-IN) comes to mind- but I could be wrong. Apparently they tested the Nauticam housing with this lens and said the results werent acceptable. Ive never had the chance to see for myself though.
  14. Hey thanks for the response and the link Im not sure I understand though. Both the Ike and the Nauticam housings have a 67mm threaded port. I have been told before by retailers that the UFL-M150 lens does not work with the Nauticam. If this is the case, why does the Ike work and not the Nauticam? What am I missing? Im really looking forward to spending more money on an expensive housing....
  15. Hey wetpixel! Ive been looking and looking and looking but have NOT found any information regarding the compatability of the Inon UFL-M150 compact bugeye lens to the sony RX100. I have heard conflicting reports from shady sources for and against but no one can verify if it works with this camera or not. I did a search of the forums here, but I dint find anything. The Inon webpage doesnt even have the RX100 on its compatability chart. Does anyone here have information?
  16. Awesome! Fantastic report! Ive been looking at heading to Anilao for a long time. Thanks for sharing.
  17. Did you change anything between shots? Strobe position, the cap on the end of the snoot, or the camera orientation to the subject? Could also be that there was some light reflecting off of something (from one of the other holes on the snoot). It would be interesting to do a few test shots without adjusting anything - when I used that one I noticed that the position of the end cap changed the light distribution quite a bit...
  18. Was that the snoot that I gave you? If so I think I have an answer; .....it was sabotaged.
  19. Thats great. Good for him. It's also great that he managed to flood his gear, and have the company pick up the tab. I tried to get Canon to replace my A640 that flooded due to a faulty CANON housing a few years back- but I guess either I didnt spend enough money on their garbage, or perhaps it was because it was their fault, but ultimately they didnt give a damn and left me with a useless camera AND housing.
  20. Seaventures has a good thing going- last time I was there I believe that you could dive the house reef under the platform for free during the day? It's a great site, but unless you are diving nitrox you could probably only dive there once a day as the entire site sits at about 18m. Also it is a pain to dive in the current. Definitely wouldn't call Seaventures a "party place" ... I'd say go with Borneo Divers if its still one of your choices.
  21. Hey there, I remember this video was posted here a while back, I bookmarked it so I could show my students. LINK
  22. [ opinion ] Being a diver who is used to these types of animals, it's pretty easy to see when something isn't right about a particular situation. Flying octopi? Never seen one do that naturally, high enough in the water column to get a clear shot of, and without significant spooking. As a photographer it's pretty easy to turn your back for a few seconds leaving the guide to his business- and then spin right around, just in time for that "magic moment" where the mimic shows you it's superman imperssion, or the sea moth starts doing the macarena in the water column. Personally, if I really did just happen to find something totally un-natural I just wouldn't shoot it to enter into a competition, sell, or otherwise pass off as a natural shot. The onus of responsibility, and ultimately integrity as always rely on the photographer...and this should be linked to common sense. In case that doesn't work, there should always be people who question these types of images, and I think rightfully so. So, anyway- sorry to anyone who has ever taken a flying octopi shot, but as they say; "If it smells fishy...." [ \ opinion ]
  23. Now... the question that is really going to burn your brain; whose monitor is "right"?
  24. Cheers Bill! They didn't respond to my email, but I found one through Niks Thailand.
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